Thanks to the incredible support of the community, the Yukon Hospital Foundation has established a new fund, the Yukoners Cancer Care Fund which will support cancer care and cancer patients in the territory.
“When the Canadian Cancer Society announced they would be closing their local office, it got us thinking,” said Geraldine Van Bibber, a long time Cancer Society volunteer. “We realized the work of the Cancer Society is very important – but almost none of our fundraising dollars were staying in the community. We wanted to change that.”
A volunteer committee has been established, and will be planning events and initiatives to raise money for the fund. They are also hoping to partner with other local organizations that raise money for cancer.
“We feel honoured to work with this very committed group of volunteers,” added Krista Prochazka, President of the Yukon Hospital Foundation. “We have seen the incredible impact volunteers and donors have made through initiatives like Run for Mom and Karen’s Fund. We know this initiative will compliment these funds and make a real difference to the lives of Yukoners facing cancer.”
Donations to the Yukoners Cancer Care Fund can be made by contacting the Yukon Hospital Foundation at 867-393-8930, going online (http://www.yhf.ca/giving) or by mailing the Yukoners Cancer Care Fund c/o Yukon Hospital Foundation 5 Hospital Road Whitehorse Y1A 3H7. Monies received for this fund can only be used to support cancer care and cancer patients; donations will receive a tax receipt. Application criteria are being developed and the Committee hopes to begin offering support in 2014.
Established in 2005, the Yukon Hospital Foundation works under the direction of a volunteer Board of Directors to raise funds for equipment and programs for the Yukon Hospital Corporation.
Purchases to date include heart monitoring, pediatric, operating room and digital imaging equipment including the 128-slice CT scanner for the Whitehorse General Hospital. The Foundation will be purchasing a magnetic resonance machine, or MRI, later this year. The Yukon Hospital Foundation supports the First Nations Health Program, the P.A.R.T.Y. Program and will soon support the Watson Lake and Dawson City Community Hospitals.
For more information please contact:
President, Yukon Hospital Foundation