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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!

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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Winner Takes Home $17,357 in Sold-Out Intercity Shopping Centre 50/50 Cash Draw (Dec 22, 2017)

Tal Augruso of Thunder Bay got an early Christmas gift today. This afternoon, at Intercity Shopping Centre, he was announced as the winner of $17,357 in this year’s sold-out Intercity Shopping Centre 50/50 Cash Draw (Ticket No. 01950). Altogether, 10,000 tickets were sold.

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Giving Tuesday Kicked Off Christmas Wish List Campaign (Nov 30, 2017)

The Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation used the excitement of the day to kick off their annual Christmas Wish List fundraising campaign, which comprises of 5 pieces of vital medical equipment for the Hospital. Totaling $83,881, the Wish List includes a Fetal Telemetry Monitor for Labour and Delivery, two Bili Blankets for Maternal Newborn/NICU, a Rapid Infuser Blood and Fluid Warmer for the Emergency Department and a Defibrillator for the Cardiac Catheterization Lab. Specifically the goal on Giving Tuesday was to raise $13,000 in 24 hours to fully fund the purchase of the Bili Blankets.

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Holiday Cash Up for Grabs – Intercity Shopping Centre 50/50 Launches (Nov 1, 2017)

It’s back again! Thunder Bay’s most popular 50/50 Cash Draw launched this afternoon at Intercity Shopping Centre. In the past seventeen years, the event has raised $179,715 to advance health care 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. This year, one lucky winner will take home up to $25,000 in cash, just in time for Christmas.

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New Retinal Imaging Camera Unveiled Thanks to Visionary Donors (Oct 17, 2017)

It was a day of celebration inside the Lions Vision Care Centre at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre as a new Retinal Imaging Camera was unveiled. The Camera is a specialized piece of equipment that allows ophthalmologists to properly see and monitor damage to retinas, caused by a variety of medical conditions, including diabetes.

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Tbaytel Luncheon of Hope Celebrates 25 Years (Sept 29, 2017)

It was a sight to see today as over 400 women filled the ballroom at the Victoria Inn to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Tbaytel Luncheon of Hope. Smiles and laughter were prominent, with a few tears shed too, in memory of those who’d passed on from breast cancer.

This year’s luncheon had a local focus, with organizers choosing to profile local breast cancer survivors and healthcare professionals. While each speaker had a unique message, two themes emerged; that of hope and an ever-changing landscape in the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer. 

The Tbaytel Luncheon of Hope has been raising funds specifically for breast cancer diagnosis, treatment and research in our community for 25 years; making it one of Thunder Bay’s longest-running events. This year’s event raised $32,688.45, bringing the 25-year total to $394,688.45.

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The Roar Continues - Over $1M Raised! $54,106 raised for prostate cancer at the 2017 Tbaytel Motorcycle Ride for Dad, presented by WINMAR (June 17, 2017)

It’s been going strong for 17 years and the combined roar of hundreds of motorcycles each year never gets old. This morning at 9:30 a.m. riders revved their engines as they took off in the Roar for the Cure as part of the Tbaytel Motorcycle Ride for Dad, presented by WINMAR. This year’s event raised $54,106 in support of prostate cancer education, care and research through the Northern Cancer Fund, bringing the event’s total to $1,002,355!

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Winners of #TeamStaal2017 Announced; Kids to Play in Fountain Tire Summer Classic$32,576 raised for Northern Cancer Fund  (June 9, 2017)

For the second year in a row, kids across Northwestern Ontario stepped forward to show off their best street hockey moves and raise money for the Northern Cancer Fund for a chance to play on #teamstaal2017 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 10. Today, organizers were thrilled to recognize the efforts of fifteen kids between the ages of nine to fourteen who did an exceptional job fundraising in an attempt to earn their spot on the team. As of today, $32,576 was raised for the Northern Cancer Fund, with the top three fundraisers guaranteed a spot on the team.

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New Chair for Renal Patients Arrives Thanks to Greek Supper Club (May 31, 2017)

Lisa Sandham’s mother, Francine, spent countless hours at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre, particularly in the Renal Department where she received dialysis several times a week during the last few years of her life. She remarked to Sandham one time after finishing a round of dialysis, “If I ever won the lottery, I’d replace all those chairs!”  She found them to be quite uncomfortable, especially after sitting in them for hours at a time during treatment.

This comment prompted Sandham to consider what she could do to help turn her mother’s wish into a reality. So began the planning for the Greek Supper Club event that would eventually take place on September 27, 2016 after over a year of hard work on Sandham’s part, along with the support of multiple sponsors.

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#TeamStaal2017 Contestants Announced; One Extra Spot Up for Grabs (May 25, 2017)

The competition to play on #teamstaal2017 this July 10, in the Fountain Tire Summer Classic at the Staal Foundation Open Presented by Tbaytel, was intense. Following just over three weeks of competition between kids ages 9-14 to showcase their best street hockey moves in a video, the Top 15 videos (as determined by number of votes) have been selected, with each contestant moving on to the next stage of the #teamstaal2017 challenge.

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5 Forks Bachelors for Hope Charity Auction Raises $67,657!  (Apr 10, 2017)

A feeling of celebration was in the air Friday night as hundreds of women filled the ballroom at the Valhalla Inn for the 19th annual 5 Forks Bachelors for Hope Charity Auction. Always a popular event, this year didn’t disappoint with a fresh round of 10 eligible Bachelors paired with fantastic date packages up for bidding. Organizers are thrilled to announce that this year’s event was as successful as ever, raising $67,657, bringing the 19-year total to $1,162,543. All proceeds were directed to the Northern Cancer Fund for breast cancer research, education, diagnosis, and treatment.

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Employee Gifts Celebrated at Luncheon (Feb 7, 2017)

Staff at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre, Thunder Bay Regional Health Research Institute and Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation were celebrated today at a recognition luncheon for their contribution to world-class healthcare, but perhaps not in the way one would expect. Each employee at the luncheon was celebrated for his or her donation to the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation, made through payroll deduction.

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Family CARE Grants Fund Unique and Helpful Items at Hospital (Jan 11, 2017)

For the 8th 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 $64,237.65 was provided to fund 38 Family CARE (Care Advancements Recommended by Employees) Grants. Since its inception in 2009, 260 grants have been funded.

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Winner Takes Home $17,380 in Sold Out Intercity Shopping Centre 50/50 Cash Draw (Dec 22, 2016)

Patti Poole from Thunder Bay got an early Christmas gift today. This afternoon, at Intercity Shopping Centre, she was announced as the winner of $17,380 in this year’s sold-out Intercity Shopping Centre 50/50 Cash Draw (Ticket No. 2231). Altogether, 10,000 tickets were sold.

This was the 17th year of the Intercity Shopping Centre 50/50 Cash Draw. Altogether, the draw has raised $179,715 – all to support world-class patient and family centred care for the people of our community. Funds from this year’s draw ($17,380) will support the Northern Cardiac Fund as well as the WE-CAN (Wellness and Exercise for Individuals Living with Cancer) Program. The Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation and Intercity Shopping Centre wish to thank all who took time to purchase tickets this year, and to thank the multiple volunteers who made this draw possible once again.

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#GivingTuesday Kicks Off Christmas Wish List Campaign (Nov 29, 2016)

#GivingTuesday is an international day of giving, taking place directly after the sales of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. It’s a day where people rally behind and support their favourite causes.

The Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation used the excitement of the day to kick off their annual Christmas Wish List fundraising campaign, that includes 10 pieces of vital medical equipment for the Hospital. Totaling $107,546, the Wish List includes a Fetal Telemetry Monitor for Labour and Delivery, a set of Sinoscopy Instruments for the Operating Room, an Intracranial Pressure Monitor for the Intensive Care Unit and six Vital Signs Monitors for use in departments across the Hospital.

Chair, Board of Directors of the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation, Jody Nesti commented on why #GivingTuesday was chosen to kick start the Wish List campaign this year. “Our donors are incredibly generous all year long, but especially at Christmas. We wanted to build on their generosity and so we’ve challenged our community to help us cross one of the items off our Wish List today. We’re looking to raise $5,079 by midnight tonight so we can purchase 1 of the 6 Vital Signs Monitors on our list.”

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Donors Enhance Patient Care Through New Equipment in Laboratory (Nov 23, 2016)

Polymerase Chain Reaction testing, known more commonly as ‘PCR’, is a remarkable, gene-based technology that is quickly becoming the new standard in medical laboratory analysis of infections. At the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre, this technology was recently implemented thanks to a grant of $79,474 from the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation that was funded by the generosity of donors in our community.

In particular, the PCR equipment (known as the GeneXpert) is used to assess patients suspected with antibiotic-resistant infections caused by the organisms MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) and VRE (Vancomycin-resistant Enterococci). Patients carrying these organisms must be placed in isolation to minimize the risk of transmission. Approximately 700 patients a year are placed in isolation for this sole reason. 

 

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