Legion Pumps Up Cardiovascular Care Again
Poppy Chairman for The Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 5, Sharon Scott (left) presents a gift of $5,000 from the Poppy Trust Fund for Endovascular Aneurysm Repair to Glenn Craig, President and CEO, Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation.
The Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 5 was delighted to continue their long-standing tradition of funding vital medical equipment at our Hospital. Their most recent donation of $5,000 from the Poppy Trust Fund was directed specifically to equipment used in Endovascular Aneurysm Repair (EVAR) – one of the newest vascular surgical procedures being performed here in Thunder Bay.
EVAR is a minimally invasive surgery in which a modular stent graph is inserted into the femoral artery and passed up into the weakened part of the aorta. Prior to this development, patients requiring this potentially life-saving procedure had to travel outside of the region to access the service.
“Bringing EVAR to Thunder Bay is one of the first steps in the implementation of a full cardiovascular surgical program and we are so grateful to the Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 5 Poppy Trust Fund for stepping forward and making this donation,” said Jody Nesti, Chair, Board of Directors, Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation. “Along with our important healthcare partners, including the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care and the University Health Network, our donors are critical to ensuring the needed equipment is in place for these life and limb saving procedures.”
“It’s our sincere pleasure to be able to continue giving to the Hospital,” said Sharon Scott, Poppy Chairman, Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 5. “When you see the impact we’re able to have with our gifts – in keeping patients close to home for care – it feels great and we’re proud to support a cause that benefits our entire community.”