It was Thanksgiving Day when I first found a lump. I had recently finished breastfeeding my daughter, Emma, and thought it was common for women to have cysts appear afterwards, so it was likely no big deal. I went about my day and my husband, Jody, and I continued… Read more “Erin MacEachen”
(Pictured above: Shannon Forrester (left) stands by her mother, Eileen, and father, Walter, as they celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with a vow renewal in 2020.) Health is not something my family and I have ever taken for granted. My mom’s chronic illness began when she was just 30… Read more “Shannon Forrester”
When I was a child, I would hear the word “cancer,” and think it was simply something my grandparents had. As I got older, it became something I donate to. But now, I have a much deeper understanding of the word. Because now, it’s become a part of my… Read more “Lisa MacEachern-Burns: Life Doesn’t Stop”
My fiancé Andrew and I have always wanted a family. We excitedly began family planning in October 2018, and felt lucky to become pregnant eight months later, in May of 2019. We shared this joy with one another but were waiting until we made it to 12 weeks –… Read more “Petra Buis: Forget Me Not”
“Everyone is afraid to say it,” Chelsea McLellan says boldly. “Suicide – nobody wants to talk about it.” At 21 years old, Chelsea hopes to someday pursue a career in psychology – but for her, the terrifying truth about suicide became real less than one year ago. “My brother was… Read more “Walk with Me: Connor’s Story”
“I have two daughters, Kinsley is 18 months old and Aselin is 4. Your children should never have to see you go through what mine have seen me go through this past year. They have had to see me so sick, weak and in pain and in such fear for… Read more “Danielle MacKinnon-Allen’s Story”
This year, Ellen MacKenzie was diagnosed with breast cancer. “Everybody has that one thing in their lives that gives them incredible strength and determination. Something that offers them power that they never knew they had and allows them to overcome any physical or emotional obstacle. Mine is my five year… Read more “Ellen’s Story”
He’ll never admit it, but he’s kind of a legend around here. Dylan Mombourquette is not only well-known for his years of punk rock in the Cape Breton music scene, as a drummer for Ricochet, session work with Lakewind Studios, Christmas Daddies and some other familiar local bands, but his… Read more “Dylan’s Legacy”
At 6 years old, Molly has a lot on her plate. With many medical concerns that make even the simplest of tasks difficult, Molly is as brave as they come. This past week, Molly’s uncle Joel and new aunt Caitlyn MacQueen made an incredible gift to the Cape Breton Regional… Read more “Molly’s Story”
Pressing his hands against a warm cup of tea, sixty-six year old Greg MacLean of Sydney River tells his nurse Margaret a story about his three and a half year old granddaughter, Ella. As Margaret hooks him up for 3.5 hours of chemotherapy treatment in the Cape Breton Cancer Centre,… Read more “Giving at Home – Greg MacLean’s Story”
“Every day when I wake up, I live every day for that day,” reveals Tanya Gracie. At 38, she is a mom, a wife, an entrepreneur, and a patient at the Cape Breton Cancer Centre. “I knew something wasn’t right,” Tanya reflects on the months leading up to her diagnosis… Read more “The Power of Positivity – Tanya’s Story”
Laura MacNeil and her husband Dan prepared for what would be one of the best blessings in life; the birth of their first child. Laura, a psychologist (candidate register) at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital, had a healthy and enjoyable pregnancy. She and Dan eagerly awaited the arrival of their… Read more “Mom and Baby: Laura MacNeil’s Story”
Can you imagine spending a decade wishing for one special miracle? Well, my wife, Tanya, and I did—you helped our wish come true. For 10 years, Tanya and I tried to have a baby. Doctors confirmed that we were in good health, but we knew that even if we weren’t… Read more “The Laurendeau Family”
The sun dances on the right side of seventeen year old Autumn MacDonald’s face as she reflects on the shadows of her past. “I always felt like people were looking at me,” she explains about her struggle with social anxiety. “I would hide under the covers, not wanting to get… Read more “Autumn’s Story”
A group of 5 women, called the Island Breast Friends have been raising money for Breast Cancer for nearly 14 years. On October 29th, they presented the Cancer Patient Care Fund with $8,500 to support cancer patients facing financial stuggles as a result of their diagnosis. The gorup, consiting of: Patsy… Read more “Island Breast Friends”
It was an act of kindness that offered Claire’s two children some sense of normalcy when she was battling cancer at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital. It was your donations that gave them comfort. She was here in Cape Breton, but they were 200 kilometers away in Antigonish. At only 9… Read more “Claire’s Story”
Jeff Mills’ Story: My life was almost cut short this year. I survived, but without proper cardiac care and operating room equipment, many won’t. The Executioner. That was the name of the boat I was asked to help fix. It’s also a fitting name for the boat that nearly took my… Read more “Jeff’s Story”
I thought this past December would be my last Christmas. I honestly did. I didn’t know how I was going to explain this to my 4 daughters… After a diagnosis of cancer, I felt as though my world came crashing down around me. I felt like my life had completely… Read more “Danielle’s Story”
With tears in her eyes and a smile on her face, Nicole Forgeron lovingly recounts a time when her son, Caleb, gathered his four siblings in his arms and posed for a fun family photo. “He adored them. They were his world, and he was theirs.” She described the tight-knit… Read more “Caleb’s Courage”
“I could have gone back to have all my cancer treatment at Mass General Hospital, America’s #1 Research Hospital and Harvard Medical School’s original and largest teaching hospital, but I wanted to have my treatment at home – and that’s what Cape Breton is to me. My name is Jennifer MacDonald and… Read more “Jennifer’s Story”
“When I was told I had stage II pancreatic cancer, it was like the wind was taken from me. Time stood still for a moment, but it seemed like forever. Then I heard my sister’s voice saying, “We will get through this.” I knew we would. My name is Brenda McCarthy and… Read more “Brenda’s Story – Bringing Concentrated Care Home to Cape Breton”
Cayla Toomey couldn’t remember her wedding day. Not because she was caught up in the moment, or because it was a whirlwind day. She doesn’t remember her wedding because she was barely conscious, and her family thought she was breathing some of her last breaths. On April 9, 2020, Cayla first… Read more “A Tribute to Cayla Toomey”
Carrie Ann Maloney: Fighting for Time, Fighting for Family “Cancer doesn’t define me, but it is threatening to take away everything we
worked so hard for. It is relentless and cruel.” Carrie Ann Maloney knows she’ll never ring the bell to signify that she’s cancer free, but she
… Read more “Carrie Ann Maloney”
When I was just 19 years old, I felt like my life was spiraling out of control, and that I was losing everything I had worked so hard to achieve. I had just graduated high school, began my university studies, and was making important decisions for my future.… Read more “Alexandra Szeto: Cancer Changed the Course of my Life”
Because of our generous donors, our Foundation has invested more than $55 million into the healthcare community of Cape Breton. Thank you!
ICYMI: More than $1 MILLION RAISED during Radio Month - THANK YOU! 💜
We want to share a special story. On the last day of Radio Month, our team was tallying our final numbers and realized we were just shy of the million dollar milestone. Of course, we were extremely proud of the amount raised, but we remarked 'wouldn't it be nice to hit a million?'
In comes Craig Boudreau with a donation of $6,000 from New York Fries - Mayflower Mall, making our dreams come true! 🤩
THANK YOU Craig and the New York Fries team. You are strengthening health care in Cape Breton, and you helped our team reach a tremendous milestone.
💥This is only the third time in our Foundation's 15-year Radio Day history that we've achieved this goal. And, with this incredible amount raised, we can now say that Radio Day has raised over $10 MILLION for health care on our island. 💥
THANK YOU for giving where you live, because you CARE. 💜 ... See MoreSee Less
Way to go Craig
Craig Boudreau is one of the most generous human I have the pleasure of calling a friend ❤️❤️
WOW. Nearly 100,000 #smilecookies sold (and enjoyed), with 100% of proceeds going to our beloved Caleb's Courage. THANK YOU Cape Breton, and all of the local Tim Hortons restaurants!
Read the full post below for details 🥰🤩What do you get when you combine the sweetness of a very special cookie with the strength of a superhero movement?…..
💲9️⃣8️⃣,1️⃣4️⃣4️⃣.0️⃣0️⃣ to be exact
The grand total of Tim Hortons Smile Cookie Campaign‼️‼️‼️
Cape Breton, you never cease to amaze! Nothing can stop you from helping a SUPER cause, not even a hurricane 🌀
Nearly 100,000 cookies were sold in about 5 days 🤯 (due to Hurricane Fiona cutting our campaign short). That’s ~20,000 cookies per day!
We were told this is the FIRST time ALL locations across Cape Breton supported the same charity.
Tim Hortons unite for Caleb’s Courage ❤️
Thank you Tim Hortons & everyone who purchased Smile cookies in September.
You’re helping to bring many smiles to our little superheroes & their families for many years to come 🥰🍪 ❤️ 🦸♀️ ... See MoreSee Less
💜$1,001,700.06 RAISED DURING RADIO MONTH – THANK YOU CAPE BRETON! 💜
This outstanding amount raise has left us in awe of our community. We recognize that times have been strenuous. Seeing folks take care of one another is truly beautiful – we are blessed to be surrounded by generous and caring friends, families and neighbours, here at home.
As always, this is a community effort, and we have many folks to send our appreciation to:
💜 Hot 101.9 and New Country 103.5 for being a fantastic partner all year round, and working with us to quickly pivot to a month-long format
💜Our incredible Power Hour partners who graciously kept their commitment to match all donations up to $10,000 each:
- MECO Construction DKI
- Jim Sampson Motors
- Schwartz Furniture
💜 Craig Boudreau and New York Fries - Mayflower Mall for coming in with a last minute donation, taking us past the $1 million milestone!
💜 Brittany and Tucker, Jenna and Lowen, Amanda and Emmett, Jennifer and Ella, and Jillian, for sharing their health care stories and the amazing impact our donors have in our community
💜The 76 fundraisers organized by community groups and individuals
💜The more than 400 individual donors who called, mailed, or made online donations
💜The volunteers who collected change at the Hospital parking gates on one of the coldest days in November
💜Everyone who shared and engaged with our posts, helping to spread awareness
💥With the addition of this year’s funds, we are SO proud to say that Radio Day (and Month) have now surpassed 10 MILLION DOLLARS! 💥
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Wow! Congratulations to everyone involved! 🎉☺️
That is absolutely amazing. Congratulations on a job well done. 👏
Absolutely AMAZING 🤩 💜
This is so great to hear. Congratulations
Congratulations Awesome job
Amazing! Great job everyone. <3
Wow! Congratulations! Well done. <3
Congratulations! Bravo! 👏🎉
Amazing! Fantastic job everyone 💕
Amazing! Congratulations 🎉
Wow Fantastic! 💕Congratulations!!
Wow! Congratulations 🤩 🎉
Thank you all,fantastic
Congratulations 🎊 wonderful job!👏👏👏
Wow that’s amazing 💕
Awesome , many thanks to all