Closer Campaign Raises Amazing $3,403,212 To Expand Cancer Care At PRHC

The final tally for the Closer campaign was announced tonight at the donor and volunteer celebration at Market Hall. Community Campaign Team Chair Margie Lightbody said that a whopping $3,403,212 was raised to expand cancer care at PRHC.

Speaking to a capacity crowd of more than 200 guests, Lightbody thanked everyone who gave their time and money to the campaign.

"Last October, we asked the community to 'raise their hands if they'd been affected by cancer' by joining us in a community-driven campaign to raise $2.5 million to bring cancer care closer to home," said Lightbody. "Now, just one year later, I'm in awe of what we have achieved. Not only have we met our $2.5 million Closer campaign goal, we have surpassed it, raising $3,403,212 to help expand cancer care at PRHC and bring radiation treatment to our community for the first time."

"The community’s response has been outstanding," said Lightbody. "More than 9,725 gifts were received from individuals, estates and a wide variety of organizations within our community and beyond. We also had the support of several schools ranging from elementary through to college and university, service clubs, workplaces, and businesses. From galas, fashion shows, and Dancing with the Docs, to the Dragon Boat Festival, climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, golf tournaments and the great Urban Adventure Challenge, people enthusiastically participated or volunteered their time to ensure each event was a success."

The $2.5 million campaign included $400,000 for lab equipment and $600,000 for surgical equipment to accommodate increasing volumes of cancer patients—and $1.5 million to install the radiation treatment facility. PRHC is currently awaiting approval from the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care to put the installation of the single radiation facility out to tender and construction will commence when this process has been completed. The facility is then expected to be operational by next summer.

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PRHC Radiologist Wins "Dancing With The Docs: Disco Fever"

PRHC Radiologist Dr. Sarah (Sally) Harvie and her dance partner Jesse DiLiello (with choreography by Deona Scott) danced away with top honours on Saturday night at Dancing with the Docs: Disco Fever.

Six local physicians shed their scrubs and hit the dance floor at a gala fundraising dance competition at The Venue in support of the PRHC Foundation’s Closer Campaign. The Venue was transformed into a Studio 54 inspired discotheque, right down to the coloured lights and glimmering disco balls.

More than 300 guests at the event were also treated to a delicious seventies-inspired cocktail reception and buffet dinner. A live and silent auction loaded with amazing items kept guests busy in between activities.

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Video: Awesome "Stayin' Alive" Flash Mob In PRHC Cafeteria Today For Closer Campaign

Video: Fashion Show Raises Money For PRHC's "Closer Campaign"

More money was raised on Saturday night to help build a new cancer radiation treatment centre at our hospital at a fun fashion show in Lakefield for the Closer campaign.

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