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2018 Media Releases

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Caribou Charity Ride Celebrates Ten Years
Registration Open Now for this Year’s Ride

During a lifetime, everyone will be affected by cancer. Ten years ago, the Caribou Charity Ride was created to give all kinds of people the motivation to challenge themselves while contributing to exceptional cancer care in Northwestern Ontario. Organizers are thrilled that this year’s Ride, on Sunday, September 9, marks a real milestone in the event’s history. “To have an event run for ten years is pretty remarkable,” said John Sims, a member of the event’s organizing committee. “Each year we rely heavily on the support of our very generous sponsors who make it possible to give back so much to the Northern Cancer Fund. And of course, our participants are incredible; many of whom come back to ride year after year. We are always amazed by how this event really brings people together, and I think a large part of that has to do with the cause. We know that we’re able to have a significant impact on access to leading-edge cancer care right here at home in Northwestern Ontario through the money we give to the Northern Cancer Fund.”

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Fighting Prostate Cancer, One Ride at a Time

$75,541.63 raised for Prostate Cancer at the 2018 Tbaytel Motorcycle Ride for Dad, presented by WINMAR

The thunderous roar that marked the start of the Tbaytel Motorcycle Ride for Dad, presented by WINMAR was an in-your-ears reminder of the continued fight against prostate cancer in Northwestern Ontario. With hundreds of bikes revving their engines at once, the sound was deafening and brought with it an important message – we’re in this fight together and we won’t back down. The morning’s roar was not to be confused with the actual thunder storm that drenched riders late in the Ride in the afternoon.

Now in its 18th year, the Tbaytel Motorcycle Ride for Dad, presented by WINMAR welcomed 249  riders and passengers and raised $75,541.63 , bringing the 18-year total to $1,077,896. All funds raised through the Northern Cancer Fund support prostate cancer education, care and research in Northwestern Ontario, with 100% of funds staying local.

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Winners of Team Staal 2018 Announced; Kids to Play in Fountain Tire Summer Classic

$35,467 raised for Northern Cancer Fund; 3-year total of $112,224

For the third year in a row, kids across Northwestern Ontario stepped forward to raise money for the Northern Cancer Fund for a chance to play on Team Staal 2018 in the Fountain Tire Summer Classic – an epic road hockey game that will take place at the Staal Foundation Open presented by Tbaytel, on July 9 at Whitewater Golf Course. Today, organizers were thrilled to recognize the efforts of kids between the ages of 7 to 12 from across Northwestern Ontario who did an exceptional job fundraising in an attempt to earn their spot on the team. In total, $35,817 was raised for the Northern Cancer Fund, bringing the total raised in the event’s 3-year history to $112,574.

The top 3 fundraisers in the contest were guaranteed a spot on Team Staal 2018. They are:
Samuel ‘Sambo’ McQuay, from Atikokan, who raised $10,002;
Tristan Jaspers, from Thunder Bay, who raised $5,704; 
and Adrian Echum, from Longlac, who raised $3,300
Altogether, the top 3 fundraisers raised $19,0066 – more than half the total of the entire contest!

Joining the top 3 fundraisers are two other contestants who were drawn randomly thanks to ballots earned throughout the contest – either by their hard work fundraising or through completing other activities, such as posting their reason for fundraising on their online page. Jordan Staal from the Staal Family Foundation was delighted to draw the following two names and welcome these players to Team Staal:  Parker Sisco, from Fort Frances, who raised $3,003 and Carson Clarke, from Murillo, who raised $1,025.

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Fountain Tire Summer Classic Returns at Staal Foundation Open, presented by Tbaytel (May 3, 2018)

Kids to Compete for Chance to Play with Celebrities in Epic Road Hockey Game

Now that most of the snow has melted, the countdown to summer is on. Today at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre, representatives from both the Staal Foundation Open, presented by Tbaytel, and the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation announced the return of the Fountain Tire Summer Classic to the lineup of events at this year’s Mackenzie Tour – PGA Tour Canada event. Taking place on Monday, July 9, 2018, this epic road hockey game gives kids between the ages of 7-12 the chance to play alongside the Staal brothers, along with past and present NHL stars, hall-of-famers, Mackenzie Tour–PGA TOUR Canada players and TSN personalities.

As in past years, getting a spot to play on TeamStaal2018 in this event will take some hard work and skill. Starting right now, kids are invited to sign up for the fundraising contest for a chance to win their spot on the team. Sign up takes place at HealthSciencesFoundation.ca/TeamStaal. Then, from Monday, May 14, 2018 to Monday, June 4, 2018 at 9 a.m., kids are challenged to fundraise as much as they can, with the top three fundraisers automatically guaranteed a spot on TeamStaal2018. 

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New Cancer Care Equipment Funded at La Verendrye Hospital (April 18, 2018)

Fort Frances, ON – Donors across Northwestern Ontario continue to provide HOPE and exceptional cancer care services thanks to donations to the Northern Cancer Fund of the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation. Today it was announced that Riverside Health Care Facilities - La Verendrye Hospital was the recipient of two grants totaling $12,372.37 for a Triple Channel IV Pump and Wellness Chemotherapy Chair for the Cancer Program.

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New Cancer Care Equipment Funded at Hopital Notre Dame Hospital (April 18, 2018)

Hearst, ON – Donors across Northwestern Ontario continue to provide HOPE and exceptional cancer care services thanks to donations to the Northern Cancer Fund of the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation. Today it was announced that Hopital Notre Dame Hospital was the recipient of a grant in the amount of $4,370 for an IV pump with coordinating accessories.

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New Cancer Care Equipment Funded at Lake of the Woods District Hospital (April 18, 2018)

Kenora, ON – Donors across Northwestern Ontario continue to provide HOPE and exceptional cancer care services thanks to donations to the Northern Cancer Fund of the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation. Today it was announced that Lake of the Woods District Hospital was the recipient of a grant in the amount of $998 for two iPads.

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New Cancer Care Equipment Funded at Red Lake Margaret Cochenour Memorial Hospital (April 18, 2018)

Red Lake, ON – Donors across Northwestern Ontario continue to provide HOPE and exceptional cancer care services thanks to donations to the Northern Cancer Fund of the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation. Today it was announced that Red Lake Margaret Cochenour Memorial Hospital was the recipient of a grant in the amount of $2,300 for a new Vital Signs Monitor.

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20th Anniversary Bachelors for Hope Charity Auction Raises $84,637.48! (April 16 2018)

A milestone year was celebrated on Friday night at the Valhalla Inn as the Bachelors for Hope Charity Auction marked twenty years of raising funds for the Northern Cancer Fund for breast cancer research, education, diagnosis and treatment. This year’s event sold out quickly and raised $84,637.48, bringing the twenty-year total to $1,247,180.48!!

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Family CARE Grants Fund Unique and Helpful Items at Hospital (Jan 23, 2018)

For the 9th year in a row, staff at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre have been applying for grants for the ‘little things’ that can make a significant difference to patient care. Thanks to funding provided by donors to the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation, along with the Volunteer Association to the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre, this year $62,881.57 was provided to fund 44 Family CARE (Care Advancements Recommended by Employees) Grants. Since its inception in 2009, 304 grants have been funded.

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Tbaytel Announces $500,000 to Support Local Cardiovascular Surgery (Jan 15, 2018)

The Cardiovascular Surgery Program at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre got a significant boost today. Announced this past summer by the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care, the Hospital has been given support to proceed with the development of a program to offer both vascular and cardiac surgery in Thunder Bay. While the provincial government has committed to funding 90% of the construction costs associated with this program, the community must step up to the plate and cover the remaining 10% of construction costs plus 100% of the capital equipment costs. “Tbaytel is happy to announce on behalf of our over 400 employees, that the company will be donating $500,000 to the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation in support of the Cardiovascular Surgery Program,” said Tbaytel President & CEO Dan Topatigh. “Tbaytel is extremely proud to be providing such a significant gift to this much needed, long-awaited program. Having access to care and services in our own neighbourhood of Thunder Bay and throughout Northwestern Ontario, is vitally important and partnerships are key to building what we need right here at home.”

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