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2015 Media Releases

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Winner Takes Home $17,335! (Dec 22, 2015) Highest Jackpot Ever in Intercity Shopping Centre 50/50 Cash Draw

Maureen Downey from Murillo got an early Christmas gift today. This afternoon, at Intercity Shopping Centre, she was announced as the winner of $17,335 in this year's Intercity Shopping Centre 50/50 Cash Draw (Ticket No. 08092). Tickets for the draw sold out early Monday morning. 

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The John Andrews Foundation Embodies Christmas Giving Spirit (Dec 17, 2015)

With a week left until Christmas, the Grand Christmas Tree in the lobby of the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre is being filled with personalized stars - each representing a donation to this year's Christmas Wish List. Every day more stars are added, showcasing the generosity of our community during this giving season. Today, another star was added, representing a tremendous gift of $116,266 from the John Andrews Foundation. 

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Giving the Gift of World-Class Healthcare this Christmas (Dec 2, 2015)

This Christmas season, the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation is hoping residents in Thunder Bay and the communities in the region will consider a donation to help people - people each of us know and care about - receive world-class healthcare here in Northwestern Ontario.

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Donors Fund Equipment for Chemotherapy at Nipigon District Memorial Hospital (Nov 9, 2015)

On Monday, November 9, staff at Nipigon District Memorial Hospital were on hand to accept a grant for $8,500 from the Northern Cancer Fund of the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation to fund the purchase of a triple channel infusion pump needed for patients receiving chemotherapy. The grant was made possible thanks to donors to the Northern Cancer Fund.

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Up to $25,000 Up for Grabs in Time for the Holidays! (Nov 4, 2015)

Today marked the first day of the 16th Annual Intercity Shopping Centre 50/50 Cash Draw. In the past fifteen years, the event has raised $145,000 to advance healthcare at our Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre (TBRHSC). 100% of the funds remain in Northwestern Ontario to support world-class patient and family centred care for the people of our community. 

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Donors Fund Equipment for Chemotherapy at McCausland Hospital (Oct 27, 2015)

On Tuesday, October 27, staff at McCausland Hospital were on hand to accept a grant for $5,000 from the Northern Cancer Fund of the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation to fund the purchase of a new vital sign monitor for patients receiving chemotherapy. The grant was made possible thanks to donors to the Northern Cancer Fund. 

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Donors Fund Equipment for Chemotherapy at Notre-Dame Hospital (Oct 26, 2015)

On Monday, October 26, staff at Notre-Dame Hospital were on hand to accept a grant for $8,500 from the Northern Cancer Fund of the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation to fund the purchase of a new triple channel infusion pump for chemotherapy patients. The grant was made possible thanks to donors to the Northern Cancer Fund.

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Donors Fund Equipment for Chemotherapy at Geraldton District Hospital (Oct 26, 2015)

On Monday, October 26, staff at Geraldton District Hospital were on hand to accept a grant for $8,500 from the Northern Cancer Fund of the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation to fund the purchase of a triple channel infusion pump needed for patients receiving chemotherapy. The grant was made possible thanks to donors to the Northern Cancer Fund.  

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Donors Fund Critical Chemotherapy Equipment at Atikokan General Hospital (Oct 23, 2015)

On Friday, October 23, staff at Atikokan General Hospital were on hand to accept a grant for $8,500 from the Northern Cancer Fund of the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation to fund the purchase of a triple channel infusion pump needed for patients receiving chemotherapy. The grant was made possible thanks to donors to the Northern Cancer Fund.

 

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Donors Fund Safety Equipment for Chemotherapy Preparation at Sioux Lookout Meno Ya Win Health Centre (Oct 22, 2015)

On Thursday, October 22, staff at Sioux Lookout Meno Ya Win Health Centre (SLMHC) were on hand to accept a grant for $6,786.13 from the Northern Cancer Fund of the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation to fund the purchase of an Emergency Shower in the Chemotheraphy Preparation Anteroom for pharmacy staff. This shower is critical to ensure a safe work environment for staff who prepare chemotherapy medications for patients receiving treatment in Sioux Lookout, and was made possible thanks to donors to the Northern Cancer Fund.

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100 Perks of Cancer Revealed at 23rd Tbaytel Luncheon of Hope (Oct 9, 2015)

"Cancer sucks," confirmed Florence Strang, one of two keynote speakers at the 23rd Tbaytel Luncheon of Hope. She would know. Diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer in April 2011, Strang faced grueling treatment including chemotherapy, surgeries and radiation therapy. "But," she continued, "I realized that feeling sorry for myself wasn't going to help me get well. So I issued myself a challenge; find 100 perks of having cancer." 

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Walking Together for Mental Illness Awareness (Oct 6, 2015)

Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre staff, patients and partners are walking together to help raise awareness and reduce stigma surrounding mental health and addictions. The activity is held in honour of Mental Illness Awareness Week (Oct 4-10). 

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Donors are the Missing Piece (Sept 22, 2015)

After a successful wrap-up of the Exceptional Cancer Care Campaign last Spring with over $7.2M raised, it was time for the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation to unveil its latest awareness campaign. Held at the Health Sciences Centre this morning, the launch took place amongst loyal donors to the Health Sciences Foundation.

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The Butterfly Story Gala - About to Take Off! (Sept 15, 2015)

Inspired by a breast cancer survivor's own journey, the Butterfly Story project has transformed breast cancer survivors into living works of art representing symbols of strength, hope, and poignant aspects of their journeys. This exciting and innovative project began right here in Thunder Bay. On September 25th, more than twenty images of breast cancer survivors will be exhibited for the first time at the Butterfly Story Gala. 

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Caribou Charity Ride, presented by Fresh Air, Celebrates New Look and New Route Length (July 29, 2015)

It’s been taking place since the Fall of 2009, and in that time organizers of the Caribou Charity Ride, presented by Fresh Air have made it one of Northwestern Ontario’s premiere cycling events. Knowing they wished to continue to host the event, they were also aware that it needed some changes to ensure its ongoing success. This morning, the Ride committee unveiled a brand new look for the 2015 Caribou Charity Ride, presented by Fresh Air, that brings together the funky and fun vibe of the event, along with the look of the Northern Cancer Fund, where Ride proceeds are directed.

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Win big at the Staal Foundation Open, presented by Tbaytel; New 50/50 Cash Draw (June 18, 2015)

It’s time to get out those good-luck charms and buy a ticket in the first ever Staal Foundation Open 50/50 draw. Maximum prize if the draw sells out its 9,000 tickets is $22,500. The draw date is Sunday, July 19, at approximately 5:30 p.m., following completion of play at the Staal Foundation Open, presented by Tbaytel, at Whitewater Golf Club.

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Vital Upgrades to Cardiac Catheterization Labs Enhance Patient Care (June 2, 2015)

Northwestern Ontario has higher than average rates of cardiac disease. Now, those in need of treatment for complex heart disease, including heart attacks, have access to brand-new equipment in the cardiac catheterization labs at Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre (TBRHSC).

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Freedom 55 Financial Thunder Bay Hockey Celebrity Golf Classic Celebrates Impact After Nine Memorable Years (May 21, 2015)

The Freedom 55 Financial Thunder Bay Hockey Celebrity Golf Classic has concluded its operations. In the nine years the tournament has run, a remarkable $307,510 was raised for the Northern Cancer Fund through the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation. Funds supported critical equipment purchases at Regional Cancer Care Northwest.

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Recycling older vehicles drives world-class healthcare across Northwestern Ontario - Thunder Bay (May 12, 2015)

Starting today, there is a new way to donate to the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation.

Through a program called Car Heaven, people can donate an older vehicle for recycling through Thunder Bay Auto Parts or Buck’s Auto Parts, both of whom are certified to the Auto Recyclers of Canada environmental code of practice.

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Recycling older vehicles drives world-class healthcare across Northwestern Ontario - Kenora (May 12, 2015)

Starting today, there is a new way to donate to the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation.

Through a program called Car Heaven, people can donate an older vehicle for recycling through Godbout Auto in Kenora, who is certified to the Auto Recyclers of Canada environmental code of practice.

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Exceptional Cancer Care Now a Reality (April 26, 2015)

“We have exceptional cancer care, right here, right now, thanks to you!” said Paul Fitzpatrick, Chair, Exceptional Cancer Care Campaign, as the campaign total was unveiled this afternoon in front of hundreds of donors and staff at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre.

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Lions Clubs Unveil New Multi-Colour Laser System for Ophthalmology Care at Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre (April 18, 2015)

Today, another piece of critical equipment was unveiled – a Lumenis Vision One Multi-Colour Laser System – thanks to the generosity and ongoing commitment to vision care from local and regional Lions Clubs, including those in Manitoba and Northeastern Minnesota, along with the Lions Clubs International Foundation. Together the Lions committed a gift of $104,450, and together, with other generous donors, were able to purchase this Laser.

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Elekta Bachelors for Hope Charity Auction – Event has raised over $1 million in 17 years (April 17, 2015)

It’s official – the 17th Annual Elekta Bachelors for Hope Charity Auction surpassed the $1 million mark last night, with $86,176 raised, bringing the 17-year total to $1,025,765. Even better, every dollar raised last night was matched by The Paterson Foundation to support Exceptional Cancer Care in Northwestern Ontario.

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Update: Community Inspired to Give to The Paterson Foundation's Gift Matching Challenge to Activate the Cyclotron - Just under two weeks left! (April 13, 2015)

Thanks to media across Northwestern Ontario who shared an update on April 6 regarding funds raised in response to The Paterson Foundation’s gift matching challenge, the Health Sciences Foundation was humbled and amazed when, on Tuesday, April 7, over $100,000 was committed to the Exceptional Cancer Care Campaign, by a number of generous donors. Each donor was inspired to give for individual reasons, but the common theme was, 'we want to take advantage of the opportunity to have our gift matched'. 

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Update: The Paterson Foundation Gift Matching Challenge for Exceptional Cancer Care (April 6, 2015)

On Tuesday, March 10, The Paterson Foundation announced that, for each dollar given to the Exceptional Cancer Care Campaign between then and April 26, The Paterson Foundation would match that donation, dollar for dollar, up to a committed total of $500,000. With just 3 weeks to go, the total raised to-date is $242,587. Each gift brings the community closer to having Exceptional Cancer Care, to ensure our families and friends have the very best equipment available to diagnose, treat and research cancer, here at home.

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The Paterson Foundation Announces $500,000 Gift to the Exceptional Cancer Care Campaign: Challenges Community to Match Philanthropic Spirit (Mar 10, 2015)

“I am pleased to announce that, for each dollar given to the Exceptional Cancer Care Campaign between now and April 26, the Paterson Foundation will match that donation, dollar for dollar, up to a total of $500,000. Our goal is to raise $1 million to activate the Cyclotron, but we need this community’s help!  Let’s make certain that, on April 26, the Paterson Foundation comes forward with a cheque for $500,000,” announced Donald Paterson, President, The Paterson Foundation.

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Save a Heart Car Raffle Continues Critical Support of Cardiac Care (March 6, 2015)

Today, the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation celebrated the winners of its fifth annual Save a Heart Car Raffle.

The grand prize winner, June Martyn, drove away in her new 2015 Acura ILX, generously donated outright by Balmoral Park Acura, allowing more funds to go directly to cardiac care.

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The Traveling Painting (February 12, 2015)

One special painting is raising funds to advance patient care at Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre (TBRHSC) – for the third time.

The painting’s triple-play of fundraising started last summer when Colleen Rose, art teacher at Nipigon-Red Rock District High School, set up in the lobby of TBRHSC to paint for money – art busking she called it, just like street entertainers.

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Family CARE Grants Announced
$65,000 made available to fund grants to enhance patient care (February 5, 2015)

The Health Sciences Foundation and Volunteer Association to the Health Sciences Centre announced some very special grants today.

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Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre’s 2015 New Year’s Baby (January 5, 2015)

The title of New Year’s Baby in Thunder Bay goes to Kian Fleming. Baby Kian was born at 11:34 a.m. on January 1, 2015 at Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre, weighing in at 8 pounds 10 ounces.

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