Cancer survivor employee and employer work together in the fight against
VICTORIA, Sept. 9 /CNW/ - "It was very scary," says MAXIMUS Canada's
Contact Centre Supervisor Janice McLean, remembering the day she learned she
had colon cancer. "I could see it right there on the screen while I was having
Although she was nervous, the 48 year-old single mother's fears were put
to rest as soon as she entered the BC Cancer Agency's Vancouver Island Centre
in Victoria. "It is so warm and welcoming. The people at the BC Cancer Agency
are just fantastic, the minute you walk in there they make you feel so safe,"
While undergoing treatment Janice opted to participate in the unique
PREDICT program where every new patient referred to the BC Cancer Agency's
Vancouver Island Centre has the option to donate blood to be used for
research. "For me it was just a total no-brainer, I just wanted to do anything
I could to help others who might have cancer in the future," Janice said.
Janice has been working for the Medical Services Plan for over 30 years.
Little did she know that all her service to the public would come back as
support by her employer for herself and others impacted by cancer. Or that the
funding would be for the very research program in which she is participating.
To support the PREDICT program and some other initiatives, MAXIMUS Canada
has announced a donation of $30,000 to the BC Cancer Foundation to be used to
purchase a much-needed freezer for the PREDICT research project, as well as a
blanket warmer and phlebotomy chair. The blanket warmer and chair will enhance
patient comfort for those patients involved in PREDICT and immune-based
research trials. Additionally, the donation from MAXIMUS Canada will support a
new patient and public education display unit.
"I am pleased to make this donation from MAXIMUS Canada on behalf of our
employees; in particular those who have already succumbed to this terrible
disease and those who are currently fighting against it. During my tour of the
BC Cancer Agency's research and treatment facilities, I was very impressed
with the work being done there and pleased that we can contribute towards its
ongoing success," said Duff Lang, President of MAXIMUS Canada.
Other MAXIMUS Canada employees affected by cancer include one of Janice's
close co-workers, who passed away from bone cancer. "I think it is just
fantastic what MAXIMUS is doing," Janice says. "Supporting their employees
like this shows they are really behind us," she says.
"This donation from MAXIMUS Canada to the BC Cancer Foundation is
important to our research here on Vancouver Island. We will be able to
purchase vital equipment for research involving patients. As well, we are
excited to be able to purchase a public education display unit that will help
us provide outreach to patients, students, families and the wider community,"
said Dr. Brad Nelson, head of the BC Cancer Agency's Trev & Joyce Deeley
The display unit would be installed in the lobby area of the BC Cancer
Agency's Deeley Research Centre and would be used for patient tours, high
school and university co-op students, patient volunteers (for various research
projects and the Tumour Tissue Repository) and other educational uses.
To support cancer research on Vancouver Island at the BC Cancer Agency
contact Laura Walsh, Senior Director of Development for the BC Cancer
Foundation on Vancouver Island, at (250)-519-5554.
Established in 1935, the BC Cancer Foundation raises funds to support
research and enhancements to patient care at the BC Cancer Agency, throughout
MAXIMUS Canada is a subsidiary of MAXIMUS INC, a leading government
services company devoted to providing program management, consulting, and
information technology services to government clients. It is based in
MAXIMUS INC., headquartered in Reston, Virginia, has been committed to
the mission of "Helping Government Serve the People" for more than 30 years.
Its continued success and growth serves as a testament to its uncompromising
commitment to delivering quality to government clients and the citizens they
serve. MAXIMUS Inc. has more than 6,000 employees located in more than 220
offices in the United States, Canada, Australia, and England. Additionally,
MAXIMUS Inc. is included in the Russell 2000 Index and the S&P SmallCap 600
For further information:
For further information: Media Contacts: BC Cancer Foundation: Penny
Noble, APR, Sr. Director of Public Affairs, (604) 707-5902, cell: (604)
805-5637; BC Cancer Foundation: Laura Walsh, Sr. Director of Development,
Vancouver Island, (250) 519-5554, cell: (250) 480-9617; MAXIMUS Canada: John
Kirby, Vice President, Business Development, (250) 405-3706