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Donors across Northwestern Ontario continue to provide “HOPE” and exceptional cancer care services thanks to donations to the Northern Cancer Fund of the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation.

It was announced last week that Riverside Health Care Facilities, Inc. (La Verendrye Hospital) was the recipient of two grants totalling $12,372.37 for a Triple Channel IV Pump and Wellness Chemotherapy Chair for the cancer program.

“This past year, Riverside Health Care was able to purchase a Triple Channel infusion pump and a wellness chair,” noted Glenna Morand, Director, Outpatient Services, Riverside Health Care.

“This pump, with numerous safety features, allows our patients to receive multiple medications during their treatments,” she explained.

The “wellness chair,” meanwhile, allows patients to sit in a chair that offers massage and heat options for comfort and relaxation.

“On behalf of the patients and staff of the Outpatient Chemotherapy department at Riverside, we would like to thank the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation, as well as all of the individual donors for their generosity,” added Morand.

“Your donations make a difference to our patients and help us provide quality chemotherapy care.”

“Donors to the Northern Cancer Fund truly embody the word exceptional,” said Glenn Craig, president and CEO of the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation.

"They ensure that we are able to continue to strengthen our region's cancer program and provide exceptional cancer care close to home at 13 sites across Northwestern Ontario.

“Most importantly, they allow patients to have hope as they receive treatment,” Craig added.

“The new Triple Channel IV Pump and Wellness Chemotherapy Chair will be a fantastic addition to the already wonderful services that cancer patients can find in Fort Frances.”

This grant represents an ongoing commitment by donors to the Northern Cancer Fund to provide exceptional cancer care for patients receiving care at La Verendrye Hospital.

Previously, between 2005 and 2016, $137,809.03 was committed to the hospital to fund new cancer care equipment, along with colorectal cancer screening.

This new grant brings the 12-year total of investments to $150,181.40.

None of it would have been possible without the community's continued support of the Northern Cancer Fund.

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