Doug and Margie Guthro pay it forward
Couple gives back to help other cancer patients, raising more than $10,000
■ THE NEWS STAFF
Doug and Margie Guthro have hit their fundraising goal.
The pair has been fundraising for the Aberdeen Health Foundation’s Oncology Client Fund and in little more than a year, they raised just over $10,000.
Doug got the idea while supporting his wife, Margie, as she underwent cancer treatment that required them to travel and stay in Halifax for several weeks. Doug was grateful he could be at his wife’s side during such a physically and emotionally challenging time. But the thought of others, unable to afford having someone with them, began weighing on his mind.
He made it his mission to help others in Pictou County facing the same situation. He took on the challenge of raising funds for the Oncology Client Fund, which helps patients cover expenses associated with their treatment.
Doug shared his goal with friends and response was immediate.
“I simply could not have done this so quickly without the support of my amazing YMCA swim family and especially Margie Beck,” he said. “They were right there every step of the way.”
As a prolific artist, Doug used his work as a way to encourage support. He produced a calendar showcasing his art that he sold leading up to Christmas.
With support from others, he hosted several different events at which he gave a piece of his original artwork to everyone who donated to the cause. His final event, at the end of July, also included a successful flower and yard sale.
“I was overwhelmed by the tremendous support at that event, which took us to our goal,” says Doug.
Bonnie McCarron, cancer patient navigator, explains treatment consisting of chemotherapy alone can, in most cases, be administered at New Glasgow’s Aberdeen Hospital. But when families have to travel, the Oncology Client Fund is there to help.
“Patients are often away from their homes for four to six weeks,” said McCarron. “The Guthros recognized the help the Oncology Client Fund provides is critical in easing the anxiety and stress of treatments.
“We are so thankful for the fund and for donors like Doug and Margie who made it their goal to raise money for this important cause. They are truly paying it forward.”
Doug and Margie Guthro recently presented a cheque to the Aberdeen Health Foundation’s Oncology Client Fund. At left is Michelle Ferris, executive director of the Aberdeen Foundation and at right is Bonnie McCarron, cancer patient navigator.