(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”
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”
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”
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”
“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”
“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”
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 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”
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”
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”
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”
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”
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”
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”
“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”
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”
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”
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”
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”
“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”
“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”
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”
Because of our generous donors, our Foundation has invested more than $55 million into the healthcare community of Cape Breton. Thank you!
💜 Your Monthly Donor Impact Report 💜
Thank you to all of those who continue to give where you live, because you care.
Because of your generosity, in April 2022, $58,381 was disbursed to priority healthcare needs and those in need, right here, at home. THANK YOU!
Watch the video below to learn how your donations helped those in need.
PS – Have you heard about our GEM Program? Become a GEM and Give Every Month, directly and consistently supporting the needs of Cape Breton patients and the more than 600,000 patient visits to the CBRH annually.
Visit www.cbrhfoundation.ca/monthly-giving to learn more 💜
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💜 We’re excited to welcome Amelia MacDougall to our team! 💜
Amelia is currently studying a Bachelor of Public Relations at Mount Saint Vincent University and will be spending the summer working as our Marketing and Communications Specialist.
Amelia, originally from Sydney Mines, started with our Foundation just three weeks ago. She’s recovering from a minor surgery and down one arm, but it isn’t stopping her from being a fantastic addition and asset to our team.
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💜 RIBFEST IS BACK 💜
After two long years, Sydney RibFest will return to Open Hearth Park from July 15-17, 2022!
Proceeds from the event will be donated to the Cape Breton Regional Hospital Foundation’s Tom MacNeil Cancer Patient Care Fund and Caleb's Courage, so don’t miss out on this exciting summer event!
Thank you to the Rotary clubs of the CBRM, and the Prime Ribber sponsor, Destination Membertou, for supporting critically ill children and cancer patients right here at home, in Cape Breton. 💜
To learn more about yesterday's launch and Ribfest event details, visit this link: www.saltwire.com/nova-scotia/news/provincial/cape-bretons-rotary-ribfest-to-return-with-headline-....
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