Trin­ity Con­cep­tion Pla­cen­tia Health Foun­da­tion has sights on bone den­sity equip­ment

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The Trin­ity Con­cep­tion Pla­cen­tia Health Foun­da­tion is plan­ning its 18th an­nual auc­tion for this Satur­day, June 13.

The event will take place at the Cpl. Matthew Brazil Royal Cana­dian Le­gion in Spa­niard’s Bay.

Pro­ceeds from this year’s event will go to­ward the pur­chase of a bone den­sity ma­chine to serve the re­gion served by the Carbonear Gen­eral Hospi­tal.

This piece of equip­ment will ease the travel back and forth to St. John’s, mak­ing it more con­ve­nient and less stress­ful for those uti­liz­ing this tech­nol­ogy, ac­cord­ing to a spokesman for the foun­da­tion.

Dr. Calvin Pow­ell, a driv­ing force be­hind the pur­chase of this piece of equip­ment and this year’s pa­tron, says Os­teo­poro­sis is a very com­mon dis­ease that im­pacts many in­di­vid­u­als. One in four women and one in eight men over the age of 50 will have this dis­ease.

Os­teo­poro­sis is also known as the “si­lent killer.”

Dr. Pow­ell says, “we now have the tool in our hospi­tal to save lives and im­prove the qual­ity of life of those who have it. It is im­por­tant for pa­tients to dis­cuss with their doc­tor how this test fits into their gen­eral an­nual health ex­am­i­na­tion.

“We no longer have to travel the 100 kilo­me­ters to St. John’s, which has had its own costs. This is yet an­other ex­am­ple of how Carbonear Gen­eral Hospi­tal and the Trin­ity Con­cep­tion Pla­cen­tia Health Foun­da­tion is striv­ing to bring to those that it serves the best re­sources in health care man­age­ment,” he said

The foun­da­tion’s auc­tion com­mit­tee chair, He­len Clarke and her com­mit­tee will kick start the cam­paign for the piece of equip­ment.

This year’s auc­tion will have a Phan­tom of the Opera theme with, soloist Calvin Pow­ell to per­form along with clas­si­cal gui­tarist, Gary Davis.

WestJet has come on board with a trip for two re­turn to any of their des­ti­na­tions, while Exit Re­al­ity is of­fer­ing a Caribbean Cruise for two. Along with art­work by some of New­found­land and Labrador’s finest artists, Clarke prom­ises there will be some­thing for every­one in sup­port of health­care and this much needed piece of equip­ment.

Foun­da­tion chair­man, Ed Neil says he ex­pects the peo­ple of the re­gion to cham­pion this cause and feels con­fi­dent the foun­da­tion will raise the nec­es­sary money for this piece of equip­ment. The foun­da­tion looks for­ward to con­tinue help­ing pro­vide qual­ity health­care to all those in need.

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