Doug and Margie Guthro pay it for­ward

Cou­ple gives back to help other can­cer pa­tients, rais­ing more than $10,000

The News (New Glasgow) - - PICTOU COUNTY -

■ 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.”

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

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.

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