(Left to right: Paula MacNeil, Cape Breton Regional Hospital Foundation CEO; Mike McPhee, Cancer Care Here at Home campaign chair; Chief Terry Paul, Chief and CEO of the community of Membertou and honourary campaign chair; Stan MacDonald, Cape Breton Regional Hospital Foundation Board Chair, stand on the site of the new Cape Breton Cancer Centre. The land received a Mi’kmaw blessing in November, signifying the launch of the Cancer Care Here at Home campaign.
The Cape Breton Regional Hospital Foundation’s Cancer Care Here at Home campaign, which was launched in November 2021, has reached more than 50 per cent of its $10 million goal.
“I am incredibly proud to say that we have, to-date, raised $6.4 million in pledges and donations for the Cancer Care Here at Home campaign,” says Mike McPhee, campaign chair. “This quick momentum is a true testament to the dedication of our volunteer cabinet, the unwavering support and generosity of our community, and of course, the importance and impact of the cause at hand.”
The Cancer Care Here at Home campaign aims to support cancer care in Cape Breton and Nova Scotia Health’s Eastern Zone by supporting the purchasing of vital equipment, ensuring access to psychosocial patient support programs, and funding research and innovation, all to take place at Cape Breton’s new Cancer Centre, for which construction is now underway.
“Thanks to our staff, physicians, patients and volunteers, who have helped the redevelopment team plan a new cancer centre that will meet the needs of patients now and in the future,” says Mark LeCouter, senior director, CBRM Health Care Redevelopment Project. “With construction underway, we’re looking forward to celebrating major project milestones in the coming months, like concrete work being completed and structural steel beginning later this spring. It’s an exciting and important project for healthcare in Cape Breton.”
“It’s heartwarming to see both the campaign and the cancer centre gain momentum,” says Paula MacNeil, CEO of the Cape Breton Regional Hospital Foundation. “We are working diligently to ensure we meet our $10 million goal. We continue to have positive meetings with prospective donors, and we’re moving forward with fundraising activities. We’re aiming to reach our goal in the coming months.”
The Cape Breton Cancer Centre currently has approximately 3,000 unique patients annually, accounting for more than 45,000 patient-visits to the centre each year. The Centre was initially built to sustain 16,000 patient visits per year.