— My wife has always been a strong person. But I never realized just how strong until this past year: She was called into the hospital three separate times, being told I wouldn’t make it through the night. In 2022, I contracted pneumonia, and afterwards, COVID-19. After a visit to… Read more “Dan MacDonald’s Journey with Long COVID”
– Two decades ago, I was told I had less than six months to live. But I’m here to tell my story, 23 years later, because the Cape Breton Cancer Centre saved my life. When I was 37 years old, climbing a hill on my postal route, I found myself… Read more “Gordon MacDonald’s Story”
— For my 40th birthday, I booked a mammogram. You see, I’m a rule follower, and in Nova Scotia, 40 is the recommended age for your first annual screening. Never in a million years did I expect they would find anything. In fact, I still don’t believe it’s true,… Read more “Tanya Howley’s Story”
— These past few years have been tough on most of us, myself included. In fact, this past year has been the hardest of my life. I’ve spent almost every single day at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital, watching several of my loved ones be cared for by health… Read more “Allan MacDonald’s Story – Fighting Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, Here at Home.”
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”
Caleb’s Courage celebrates the life, love, & legacy of a beautiful, brave little boy named Caleb William MacArthur. On his third birthday, Caleb was diagnosed with cancer – Stage 4 High Risk Neuroblastoma (a rare childhood cancer that starts in immature nerve cells and ultimately forms solid tumours). Just… 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 continues to… Read more “Carrie Ann Maloney”
On my 50th birthday, I received the most devastating news. They had found a mass: My husband of 27 years, Brent, had been diagnosed with colorectal cancer. “I’m so sorry I have this now and you have to go through it again,” he said. My response was, “I’m here.… Read more “Julie MacKinnon”
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 multi-millions the health care community of Cape Breton. Thank you!
🎄💚A QUARTER MILLION RAISED – THANK YOU! 💚🎄
The 19th annual Festival of the Greens, presented by Cape Breton Beverages (Pepsi), took place last Saturday, and raised $252,626.58 for health care in Cape Breton!
This is the most the event has raised in its 19-year history and, once again, we are left astounded by the generosity, dedication and compassion shown by those in our small and mighty community.
These funds allow our Foundation to purchase vital equipment for the Cape Breton Regional Hospital and its health care heroes; fund research and innovation; and to directly support patients when they need it most.
As always, it takes a village! And we would like to thank ours:
💚THANK YOU to our presenting sponsor and long-time partner and friend, Cape Breton Beverages. This organization has now given half-a-million dollars to our Foundation, with an additional $100,000 commitment to the Cancer Care Here at Home campaign. True champions of community.
💚THANK YOU to Parker Rudderham, who made a surprise gift of $100,000 during the event, along with a live-auction bid of $25,000. (Seaboard Industrial Supply Co., Ltd.)
💚THANK YOU to our crystal sponsor, CIBC and Tom Hunter
💚THANK YOU to our platinum sponsors, City Print +, Membertou Community, Canadian Tire, and Keltic Clothing
💚THANK YOU to our gold sponsors, Polysteel Atlantic Limited, Cape Breton Building Trades and Unionized Contractors, Ramsay's Honda, Ava K. Holdings Ltd., Coastal Maxilofacial Surgery, M.V. Osprey Ltd., Eyking Farms, Lewis Realty Emera Inc., and Cabot Powersports.
💚THANK YOU to all the incredible local businesses and individuals who donated to our live and silent auctions
💚THANK YOU to New Country 103.5's Tashia Lee for hosting our energetic live auction
💚THANK YOU to everyone who helped make the event run smoothly, and look stunning:
🎄Our planning committee members, Caitlyn MacDonald, Craig Joseph, Allyson Unsworth, Jenna Dunlop and Shannon Forrester
🎄 Membertou Trade and Convention Centre
🎄 Belle & Thistle Events
🎄 Trinity's Florals
💚THANK YOU to our entertainers, The Back Pack, Halifax Circus, and The Mellotones
💚And, a final THANK YOU to our 500 attendees. As we said, you are far more than our guests. You are all champions of health and wellness; advocates for compassion and generosity; and positive change-makers here in Cape Breton.
Thank you for kicking off the holiday season with us, and coming together to eliminate barriers to care, here in Cape Breton! 💚🎄
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It's incredible what we can do, when we do it together 🤍💚 Such a great night! Congratulations!
It was an incredible evening!
What a great night it was!
Incredible! Congratulations. 👏
Wow, incredible what our little Communities can accomplish when working together. Wonderful.👏👌💕
Absolutely INCREDIBLE ❤️
Welcome, Stewart Zahara, to the Cape Breton Regional Hospital!
Stewart is the first physician assistant for the emergency department. Read more below:In recognition of National Physician Assistant Day, we're shining a light on Stewart Zahara, the first physician assistant at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital's emergency department.
Physician assistants are a relatively new role in Nova Scotia, introduced under a pilot program in 2020 to support hip and knee replacement surgeries in the province. Since then, physician assistants have become an integral part of health care teams across the province.
These highly skilled health care professionals receive specialized training to be an extension of a physician and provide a broad range of medical services that include conducting medical exams, performing procedures such as stitches or casting, prescribing select medications and much more, under the supervision of a physician.
To learn more about Stewart and how he's making a positive impact on patient care, clilck here: www.nshealth.ca/news-and-notices/cape-breton-regional-hospital-emergency-department-welcomes-firs...
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Congratulations! Now there’s a hip doctor! 😜
Congratulations Stu! We are lucky to have you!
Amazing! Good work! ❤️❤️
Awesome News 👏👏👏❤️
A big welcome Stewart!. You are needed and thank you. All the best to you! P.S. I hope I don’t have to meet you, but if I have to, good to know you will be there😂😂
Great guy for Cape Breton Welcome home
Stewart used to be my neighbor when I was a kid. Welcome!
That’s a “Shore Road lad” right there!!! ✌️. Congratulations 👏
💜THANK YOU Glace Bay High School Interact Club!💜
This fantastic group of student-leaders held a Teachers vs. Students volleyball tournament with a goal of raising funds for cancer patients in Cape Breton.
We were told that the students won the tournament. So, along with "bragging rights," they also raised $763.25 for the Tom MacNeil Cancer Patient Care Fund.
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