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Our Donors

You, our donors, deserve a round of applause!  A wide variety of individuals, groups and businesses raise funds in a number of ways to support world-class healthcare here in Northwestern Ontario.  These are just some of your stories.  

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Racing for a Cure; AutoCross Raises Money for Northern Cancer Fund 

Thunder Bay Autosport Club held their 3rd annual AutoCross event, with funds raised supporting the Northern Cancer Fund. Altogether the event raised $7,461.65 - bringing the 3-year total for the event to $19,130. Organizer and Club Treasurer, Marc Sacco, says, "We all know someone that has been touched by cancer, whether it be a family member or a close friend. It's nice to know the money we raise stays here in Thunder Bay. If our club can rally together and combine our passion for racing with a good cause like the Northern Cancer Fund - it's a win win for everyone involved."

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David and Hunter MacKenzie proudly stand next to the plaque that was recently mounted outside the CT Control Room in Diagnostic Imaging. Their father/grandfather, Dr. Robert 'Bob' MacKenzie made a gift in his Will to the Foundation as a way to say thanks to the medical community that was so much a part of his life.

Remembering Dr. Bob

Dr. Robert 'Bob' MacKenzie always had a very strong connection to Thunder Bay's medical community. Serving Thunder Bay at both St. Joseph's Hospital and McKellar Hospital where he was the Head of Radiology, Dr. Bob was known to many through his medical practice and as a mentor to many young up-and-coming physicians.

Prior to his passing in 2015, Dr. Bob made the decision in his Will to leave a gift to the General Healthcare Fund of the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation. His son David said, "Dad had a great connection with so many people at the hospital and this community gave so much to him. This is his way of giving back."

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Representatives from TD Bank Financial Group, Ben Clouthier, Senior Branch Manager (left) and Trevor Rachkowski, District Vice President (right) recently toured the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre. They are pictured here next to the Physicians’ Consult Room in the Cancer Centre, where a plaque recognizing TD Bank Financial Group’s significant contributions is mounted.

TD Bank Financial Group Proud of Long History of Giving

TD Bank Financial group has been proud to support the Health Sciences Centre for many years starting with a $75,000 gift to the ‘Care Beyond Compare Campaign’ that raised funds to build the facility. Following that, their generosity extended to a donation of $15,000 to the ‘Save a Heart Campaign’ for life-saving angioplasty and, most recently, a $30,000 donation to the Exceptional Cancer Care Campaign to purchase equipment that’s top-of-the-line for our cancer patients.

“At TD we want to strengthen our communities by contributing to development that’s long-lasting and sustainable,” said Rachkowski. “It’s important to us that we support the needs of Thunder Bay and Northwestern Ontario when it comes to healthcare, because we recognize the importance of having care close-to-home, where our families can best support us.”


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Barb and Tony Ricciardi chose to celebrate their care with a monthly gift to the Northern Cardiac Fund. 

Paying It Forward; Ricciardis Celebrate Cardiac Care with Monthly Gift

Both Tony and Barb Ricciardi have used the services of the Cardiac Cath Lab at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre.

This past March, they decided they wanted to do something to recognize the tremendous care they’d both received and became monthly donors to the Northern Cardiac Fund. Their monthly gift will be used to fund equipment like the C-arm (specialized x-ray) in the Cardiac Cath Lab; equipment that was essential to their care.

When asked why they chose to give, they looked at each other, smiled and said, “We’re thankful someone chose to do this for us.”

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Randy, Stefanie, Simone and Rosalie Middleton. Both girls are members of the First Marks Club.

Middleton Family Uses First Marks Club to ‘Say Thanks’

There are many moments from her stays in the Maternal/Newborn Unit at Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre, where she gave birth to her two daughters, Rosalie (age 4) and Simone (age 2), that stick out for Stefanie Middleton. “We are very blessed with the health care we have in Canada,” says Stefanie. “I received such great care when Rosalie was born and making our donation to the First Marks Club was our way of saying thanks. Once Simone was born, we wanted to continue the tradition that started with Rosalie, and of course the care we received the second time around was just as incredible as the first.”

“I’m really excited for when the girls get a little older so I can bring them back to the hospital and go show them their names on the wall (the footprints with their name/birthdate inscribed on the Celebration of Life Wall in the Maternal/Newborn Unit),” says Stefanie. “I think it’s a really special way to celebrate their birth.”

 

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Pictured here is Joseph's nephew Bruno Starczewski, sister Frances Starczewski and niece Krystyna Patroluk. 

 

Joseph’s Gift; Continuing his Legacy 

Family. Church. Gardening. Each of these things were of utmost importance to Joseph Kasowski. “He lived simply,” said his niece Krystyna Patroluk. “Never had the latest fashions or cars, but what was important to him was important and that’s what he focused on.”

Prior to his passing in early 2015, Joseph had been discussing his Will with his sister, when she encouraged him to consider leaving a gift to charity. It was at that time that Joseph made the decision to leave a substantial gift to the Northern Cancer Fund of the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation, and to create an endowment for cardiovascular care at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre.

“I think a lot of people don’t even consider the opportunity to give to charity upon their passing,” said Krystyna. “But it’s easy to make a gift and it doesn’t need to be your entire estate – a little bit goes a long way and it’s a lovely way to be remembered.”


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Members of the Staal family, along with tournament and charity representatives unveil the final fundraising total for the week.

Staal Foundation Open 2016

On Sunday, July 17, the Staal Foundation Open presented by Tbaytel celebrated a successful week with official closing ceremonies following the final round of competition. Staal Foundation Open representatives, alongside the Staal family, were thrilled to announce that a total of $250,000 is being donated back into the region. This is the largest charitable donation of the event and in the Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada’s history. Proceeds support Camp Quality Northwestern Ontario, Northwestern Ontario Families of Children with Cancer (NOFCFC) and Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation.

Cancer patients in Northwestern Ontario will benefit thanks to the Staal Family Foundation’s donation to the Northern Cancer Fund of the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation. This year’s tournament included several unique fundraising opportunities. The Pandora Intercity Summer Classic was held on July 11. Young hockey players from across Northwestern Ontario raised $44,171 for the chance to play on #TeamStaal2016.  The Bombardier Charity Walk was held on July 17, and raised a total of $12,315. This event saw walkers, including employees from Bombardier and players and families from the Thunder Bay AAA Kings, stroll through the scenic grounds of Whitewater and then follow the final threesome as they finished the tournament on the 18th hole. Finally, the 50/50 Cash Draw raised $10,021, thanks to ticket sales and the generosity of Wawanesa Insurance. 

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The 2016 Intercity Shopping Centre & Moxie's Grill & Bar golf tournament, benefitting cardiac and cancer care at Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre.

Intercity Shopping Centre & Moxie's Grill & Bar

On Friday, June 17, Intercity Shopping Centre teamed up with Moxie’s Grill & Bar to host their annual golf tournament at Centennial Pines Golf Course. With a beautiful sunny day and lots of smiles all around, the tournament was a resounding success with a total of $10,000 raised!  $7,500 was directed to the Northern Cardiac Fund of the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation and $2,500 to the WE-Can (Wellness and Exercise for Individuals Living with Cancer) program for cancer patients run by the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre.

General Manager, Stacey Ball, from Intercity Shopping Centre said, “Intercity is the heart of our city and we are proud to raise these much-needed funds for our cardiac care and cancer care programs at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre. When we work together as a community and take care of one another, we all benefit.”


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Organizers Greg Imhoff (left) and Laura Hogan (right) from the Hike for Health, proudly present the cheque from the 2015 Hike for Health to Elaine Graydon, Special Events Officer, Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation.

Hike For Health

Recently, organizers Greg Imhoff and Laura Hogan were in Thunder Bay and were proud to present $2,500 to the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation; a portion of the proceeds from the 2015 Hike for Health. Said Imhoff, “We’re a dedicated group of volunteers, committed to improving individual health, while raising funds for various groups within the Nipigon, Red Rock and Thunder Bay area. It’s important to us that funds raised promote a healthy lifestyle and support vital healthcare equipment so our communities have access when it’s needed most.”

This long-standing 10 km fall hike started as a "Trail Walk-a-thon” to raise funds for the upkeep of the trail, to showcase the beauty of the area and to promote a healthy lifestyle.  It has continued as an annual fundraiser that distributes the funds raised to the Land of Nipigon Waterways Development Assoc., Nipigon District Memorial Hospital and the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre, as well as other local non-profit organizations.


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Victor Renouf, Slav Falkowski, Gail Kromm, Glenn Craig and Amy Balec

Legions Set Sights on New Camera for Ophthalmology

Legions have a long history of supporting the communities in which their members live. A recent donation by two local legions reinforces this.

The Royal Canadian Legion – Fort William Polish Veterans Branch 149 along with the Royal Canadian Legion – Slovak Branch 129 each made a donation of $2,500 to support the purchase of a new camera in the Lions Vision Care Centre at Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre.

The camera is critical for the ongoing care of patients across Northwestern Ontario. Unfortunately the Northwest region has a higher rate of medical conditions, like diabetes, that contribute to eye problems, making the acquisition of this new camera even more critical. It is thanks to the Royal Canadian Legions that we are one step closer in acquiring this highly-technical piece of equipment for our Health Sciences Centre.

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Member of the Employee Giving Committee and staff of the Health Sciences Centre & Health Sciences Foundation gratefully accept the arrival of 8 new vital signs monitors, purchased thanks to gifts made by employees, and boosted by the generosity of Tbaytel.

Employees’ Gifts Fund Eight New Vital Signs Monitors at Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre

Eight new vital signs monitors arrived at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre, and it was all thanks to gifts made by employees of the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre, the Thunder Bay Regional Research Institute and the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation, boosted by the generosity of Tbaytel.

“At Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre, employees give of themselves every day. They do this in challenging conditions.  And yet, so many of them take the opportunity to do even more. They donate so that our Health Sciences Foundation can purchase medical equipment, enhancing care for patients and families in our community. I could not be more proud,” said Jean Bartkowiak, President & CEO, Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre and CEO, Thunder Bay Regional Research Institute.  

Robert Scott Srigley, Chair, Employee Giving Committee said, “I would like to thank each and every one of the employees who has chosen to make a gift that supports the purchase of equipment that allows our health care team to provide the very best care for our families, friends and colleagues.”

The vital signs monitors will support patient care in: Labour and Delivery; 2C Cardiovascular In-patient Unit, 3C Surgery In-patient Unit, Emergency Department, Ambulatory Care, Pre-Admission Clinic, Surgical Day Care and the Renal Department. 
 

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Pictured are (left) Jessica Saunders and (right) Phil Jarvis, from the Thunder Bay Metro Lions Club, who recently presented a donation of $5,000 to Angela Sharbot (centre), Chair, Lions Vision Care Centre Advisory Board. 

The Thunder Bay Metro Lions Club 

The Thunder Bay Metro Lions Club has a long history of supporting state-of-the-art vision care services here in Northwestern Ontario. Thanks to a recent donation of $5,000, patients at the Lions Vision Care Centre are one step closer to having a new Optos Ultra-wide field retinal imaging camera. 

As Phil Jarvis, member of the Thunder Bay Metro Lions Club, explained, “Helen Keller challenged Melvin Jones, the founder of Lions Clubs, to be the Knights of the Blind. Since then, the focus of the Lions has been to help the blind. We’re delighted to be able to make this most recent donation to continue our support of vision care services at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre.” Continued Jarvis, “The Lions Clubs exist to serve the community; with all our projects, our members aim to be of service to our neighbours, and our support of the Lions Vision Care Centre is an extension of that.”


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Joanne Malcolm is a proud Employee Donor and promotes the program on her mail cart during her daily rounds of the Health Sciences Centre. 

Joanne Malcolm; Messenger has Message

The first thing Joanne Malcolm does when she gets to work as a Messenger at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre early in the morning is turn on the lights. “It’s dark in here!” she says. It seems only fitting that Joanne’s the one to flip the switch as she’s the one that lights up every room she visits during her rounds of the Health Sciences Centre every day. “The best part of my job is seeing everyone, especially all the visitors who come to the Health Sciences Centre,” she says. 

Joanne’s is a memorable face for many, especially as she’s frequently seen with her large mail cart. “I’m sort of hard to miss,” she laughs. “I go around to each department, plus the Medical Centre next door, twice a day. Most people know who I am.” Recently, Joanne’s cart was decorated with special signage that makes it even more noticeable; promoting the Employee Giving Program at the Health Sciences Centre. “Between the signage on the cart and my jacket (on which the Employee Giving logo appears), I have a lot of people asking me about the Employee Giving program.” Herself a donor through the Employee Giving program, Joanne is happy to encourage others at the Health Sciences Centre to do the same. Joanne makes her donation through payroll deduction and chooses to split her donation to the Paediatric Fund and Northern Cardiac Fund. 

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Presenting the proceeds from the 2015 Central Canada Charity Classic is Wayne Maunula (pictured left) with Terri Hrkac and Glenn Craig from the Health Sciences Foundation.

Central Canada Charity Classic Delivers World-Class Cardiac Care

It’s a golf tournament that keeps on giving. Coming up on its 14th year, the Central Canada Charity Classic is a major corporate fundraiser and this past year was no different. In 2015, $24,010 was directed to the Northern Cardiac Fund, as one of the recipients of $56,000 the tournament raised.

“This tournament has supported a number of areas within the Health Sciences Centre in the past 13 years, but knowing how important it is to develop our cardiac care program in advance of cardiovascular surgery, we decided to put proceeds to the Northern Cardiac Fund,” said Wayne Maunula, organizer of the tournament.  


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Guests at the 2016 Girls Night Out dressed in their best 80's themed outfits for a fun night.
 

Greenstone’s Girls Night Out 2016

This year’s event raised $10,081.20 – all of which will go to the Tbaytel Tamarack House in Thunder Bay – a home-away-from-home for cancer patients and their families.

“I’ve been organizing Girls Night Out for the past five years with an incredible team,” says Maureen Cyrenne. “This event is such a blast and we continue to do it year after year because it’s a lot of fun, but also because we are committed to raising funds for the Tbaytel Tamarack House. It truly is a sanctuary for patients who need to travel to Thunder Bay for cancer treatment. I’ve had family who’ve stayed there and so have countless others. Having a place like this eases the burden for patients and families and lets them focus on taking care of themselves, not worrying about accommodation.”



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Pictured here presenting a cheque for $50,000 to the recent Exceptional Cancer Care Campaign are (left) Shawn Kunnas, Vice President & Branch Manager, RBC Dominion Securities and (right) Murray Walberg, Regional Vice President, Head of Career Sales, Manitoba/Saskatchewan/Northern Ontario, RBC with Glenn Craig (middle), President & CEO, Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation. 

RBC’s Ongoing Community Support Inspirational

Stepping into the meeting room at the regional offices of RBC, you immediately notice a plethora of photos and plaques lining an entire side of the room, all representing the commitment of RBC to a variety of community and non-profit organizations. Included in the collection is a photo of RBC’s recent gift to the Exceptional Cancer Care Campaign – a $50,000 commitment to providing exceptional cancer care equipment for people across the Northwest.

But that’s just the latest gift to the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation. RBC has been an exceptional partner and philanthropic leader long before this latest campaign.

“When you think about giving, it really boils down to helping our friends, families and neighbors,” says Murray Walberg, Regional Vice President, Head of Career Sales, Manitoba/Saskatchewan/Northern Ontario, RBC. “And that’s the best reason of all.”


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Beth Disher, Shirley King, Leona Barr and Marnie Jarvis

Nurses Supporting Nurses

Benjamin Franklin once said, “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” This rang true for  Members of the General Hospital of Port Arthur School of Nursing Alumnae (1909-1970) who recently presented scholarships to two nurses in the Cardiac Catheterization Lab at Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre.

On Friday, March 4, Shirley King and Leona Barr were thrilled to meet the recipients of the scholarships,  Beth Disher and Marnie Jarvis. “They are the next generation,” said King, “and we are delighted to present these funds so they can continue their education and share their newfound knowledge with their colleagues.”

Altogether in 2016, the General Hospital of Port Arthur School of Nursing Alumnae Endowment will present over $2,000 in scholarships to cardiac nurses so they can pursue educational opportunities. The scholarships were made possible thanks to the endowment fund created by the Nursing Alumnae in 2003.


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The 2016 Save a Heart Car Raffle raised $60,000 for cardiac care here in Thunder Bay.

Save a Heart Car Raffle

All proceeds from the Save a Heart Car Raffle support the Northern Cardiac Fund of the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation. 100% of the proceeds remain in Northwestern Ontario to fund cardiac care at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre. This year, $60,000 was raised through ticket sales, bringing the 6-year total to over $267,000 to ensure the care cardiac patients need is available to them, close to home. This year funds will be used specifically for the new C-arm (specialized x-ray equipment) that was recently installed in the cath lab.  

Glenn Craig, President and CEO, Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation, confirmed how important community support is to the future of cardiac care. “Thanks to Balmoral Park Acura and events like the Save a Heart Car Raffle and Ball, cardiac care at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre has never been better. We have two Cardiac Catheterization Labs that provide 24/7 angioplasty close to home, and new equipment to ensure clearer images, and faster and safer procedures. Our community firmly stands behind our cardiac care team and support their efforts to expand our program to a future that includes a cardiovascular surgery program here at the Health Sciences Centre.”

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Pictured above, from left to right are: Mariah Morrison; Barb Morrison; Glenn Craig, President & CEO, Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation; Mary Kaszuba , President;  Veronika Fedor, Vice President and Maria Skoczylas, Executive Member.

Ladies Section of Polish Combatants in Canada Branch No. 1 

The Ladies Section of Polish Combatants in Canada Branch No. 1 celebrated a long-history of giving when they made a $10,000 gift to the Northern Cardiac Fund. This gift adds to the generosity they have shown since 1994 with prior gifts to the Care Beyond Compare Campaign to build the Health Sciences Centre, the MRI Fund, the Northern Cancer Fund and the Northern Cardiac Fund. To-date, they have given $50,000!

President, Mary Kaszuba, said, “Thanks to the countless hours of volunteer work contributed by our dedicated members throughout the years, we look proudly on our accomplishments for the benefit of our community and our continued support for regional health care. The Ladies decided to make this donation in order to allow all members of our community to have access to Cardiac Care and save lives closer to home.”


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Pictured above (l-r) are Ella Caccamo, with mother and Pharmacist-Owner, Shoppers Hodder, Laura Caccamo; Athena Kreiner, Director, Annual Giving, Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation; and Vali Orchard, Pharmacist-Owner, Shoppers McIntyre.

 

Shoppers Drug Mart

With the combined efforts of Shoppers Drug Mart, its Store Teams and customers, Thunder Bay will now have improved access to services and programming supporting women’s whole health in body, mind and spirit. The Shoppers Drug Mart 2015 Growing Women’s Health (formerly, Tree of Life) fundraising campaign has harvested more than $4348 for the Northern Cancer Fund.

With over 1,250 Shoppers Drug Mart locations Canada participating in the four-week campaign, the 14th annual Growing Women’s Health campaign will provide support to over 500 Canadian women’s health charities. National in scope yet locally based, the Growing Women’s Health campaign offers patients, customers and employees the opportunity to donate directly to charitable organizations to ensure that resources and programming are available to meet the needs of Canadian women.  In Thunder Bay, the proceeds harvested by local Shoppers Drug Mart customers and employees at Shoppers McIntyre #680 and Shoppers Hodder #1534 stores will benefit the Northern Cancer Fund. 
 

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Stacey Ball, General Manager at Intercity Shopping Centre holds up the winning ticket in this year's Intercity Shopping Centre 50/50 Cash Draw. This year's winner, Maureen Downey, from Murillo, won $17,335.

 

Intercity Shopping Centre

2015 was the 16th year of the Intercity Shopping Centre 50/50 Cash Draw. Altogether, the draw has raised $162,335 – all to support world-class patient and family centred care for the people of our community. Funds from this year’s draw ($17,335) will support the Northern Cardiac Fund and specifically, the newly installed C-arm (specialized imaging equipment) in the Cardiac Catheterization lab at TBRHSC. This equipment is critical for the provision of 24/7 angioplasty; the gold-standard for treatment of heart attacks. 

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The John Andrews Foundation

The John Andrews Foundation has been a long-time supporter of the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation, donating over $700,000 to the Health Sciences Centre, and nearly $5M in funding overall to various organizations. Just before Christmas 2015, they announced a donation of $86,266 to purchase vital equipment such as a Neonatal Ventilator for the NICU, a Birthing Bed for the Labour and Delivery Unit, an Intracranial Pressure Monitor for the ICU and three defibrillators for the Emergency Department. In addition they made another gift of $30,000 to the YAG Laser for the Lions Vision Care Centre inside TBRHSC.

Mr. Allan McKitrick, Chairman, said, 'We are proud to carry on the legacy of John Andrews and his wife Rheta in supporting worthwhile causes, such as world-class healthcare. Mr. Andrews was a self made man with a deep social conscience and his Foundation was dedicated to the well-being of our community."

 

 



 

Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation
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OUR MISSION: To inspire the people of Northwestern Ontario to give generously to advance our healthcare at Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre.

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