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Green Bay South donates to Cancer Care Foundation

The people of Green Bay South showed their generous spirit last week with the presentation of a $20,000 cheque to the Dr. H. Bliss Murphy Cancer Care Foundation.

Left to right are: Captain Wilfred Bartlett (Ret) of the Green Bay South Education Centre, Dr. Jonathan Greenland, Division Chief of Radiation Oncology, Bill Haynes and social workers Elaine Holden and Paula Newhook from the Dr. H. Bliss Murphy Cancer Centre. The Green Bay South Education Centre donated $20,000 to the Foundation.

The money, which came from the Green Bay South Education Centre, will be designated for the Foundation's Patient and Family Support Fund. That fund assists cancer patients and their families from across Newfoundland and Labrador with expenses related to cancer treatment.

The Green Bay South Education Centre closed in July, 2013, the Cancer Foundation noted in a press release.

“As a result of sound financial management by the Board of Directors, the organization had funding to be able to make donations to charitable organizations,” the press release stated.

Captain Wilfred Bartlett (Ret), past Chairman of the Green Bay South Education Centre said in the press release, "Most of our board members have been touched with cancer; I am a cancer survivor myself and spent two months getting treatment at the Dr. Bliss Murphy Cancer Centre. We are confident the Dr. Bliss Murphy Cancer Care Foundation will put this money to good use and make life a little better for the people in their care."

Since 2003, the Dr. H. Bliss Murphy Cancer Care Foundation has assisted patients with costs associated with accessing cancer treatment through its Patient and Family Support Fund.

 

That fund is administered through the Social Work Department at the Dr. H. Bliss Murphy Cancer Centre. Funded entirely by public donations, the Fund’s primary objective is to help adult cancer patients and their families identify government programs and services that may be able to provide financial support. If no alternate programs are identified, the Dr. H. Bliss Murphy Cancer Care Foundation’s Patient and Family Support Fund may provide limited financial assistance to patients who are experiencing financial hardship as a result of a cancer diagnosis.

In the last two years, the Patient and Family Support Fund has provided $262,113 in financial assistance to 951 cancer patients and their families in Newfoundland and Labrador.

“The Dr. H. Bliss Murphy Cancer Care Foundation believes in full accessibility to cancer treatment programs and services for all Newfoundlanders and Labradorians,” said Executive Director Lynette Hillier in a press release. “There are four cancer centres in this province located in St. John’s, Gander, Grand Falls-Windsor and Corner Brook and there are cancer patients travelling from their home communities to receive treatment at each of these cancer centres.

“Not every cancer patient must travel to St. John’s – there are many patients who travel to a regional cancer centre to receive chemotherapy or to see a visiting oncologist and are incurring the high cost of travel.”

She added, “We are so thankful to the Green Bay South Education Centre for their generous donation in support of our Patient and Family Support Fund. It is only through our donors that we are able to provide this much needed assistance.”

The Green Bay South Education Centre Board of Directors includes Pat Williams, Lindy Vincent, Bram Roberts, Jerry Colbourne, Capt. Wilfred Bartlett (Ret), Jake Roberts and Kitty Winsor.

The Dr. H. Bliss Murphy Cancer Care Foundation is a registered charitable organization and all raised by the Foundation remain in Newfoundland and Labrador. Visit their website at www.cancercarefoundation.nl.ca for more information.

Organizations: Care Foundation, The Green, Family Support Fund Cancer Foundation Social Work Department

Geographic location: Newfoundland and Labrador, Green Bay South, Corner Brook

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