Urologist Dr. Rajiv Singal puts daily commitment into campaign action to
support prostate cancer, to raise second highest amount raised in the
TORONTO, Nov. 30, 2012 /CNW/ - On the final day in Movember, Toronto
East General Hospital (TEGH) Foundation extends congratulations to one
of their own, Urologist Dr. Rajiv Singal for his inspirational campaign
that led to his number one fundraiser status in Ontario and second in
Canada, raising over $42,000, in support of the fight against prostate
Dr. Singal, the head of TEGH's division of urology and also leader of
the hospital's surgical robotics program, demonstrated his leadership
in prostate cancer awareness by putting his everyday professional
commitment into humorous action for public good. He completed the
challenge, moustache intact.
"After a three-year hiatus, I jumped passionately into the Movember
campaign, in support of our patients, and for the public awareness for
the important cause," said Dr. Singal. "Urologists, of course, treat
prostate cancer on a daily basis and often in a very profound way, so
it's natural to take leadership in this fundraising initiative."
Under Dr. Singal's leadership, the Hospital has invested significantly
into the robotic surgery program that is establishing TEGH as the
training ground for the next generation of robotic surgeons. Thanks to
donors and a partnership with Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, TEGH's
recent acquisition of the revolutionary da Vinci System, also known as
"The Robot", provides patients with the latest in minimally invasive
surgical technology. It enhances an already exceptional program and
enables surgeons to dramatically change the experience for prostate
"As the month has progressed I have been overwhelmed by the support, and
it has reinforced why I think we should lead the way," added Dr.
Singal. "If the goal is to promote awareness for both the disease and
the clinical programs available through our healthcare system, then a
first place finish just means we are that much closer to that goal."
The achievements of Dr. Singal are well-timed in a month when another
initiative in support of prostate cancer was launched at TEGH--the
W.Brett Wilson Challenge, where successful entrepreneur and prostate
cancer graduate Wilson, donated $100,000 to TEGH, challenging others to
contribute towards a one-million dollar goal.
An alarming one in seven Canadian men will develop prostate cancer
during their lifetime and an aging population is pushing these rates
even higher. The good news is that prostate cancer is one of the most
treatable types of cancer and new research, technology and surgical
techniques (like those afforded by TEGH's da Vinci Robot) are bringing
better outcomes for prostate cancer patients.
About Toronto East General Hospital:
Toronto East General Hospital (TEGH) has been proudly serving the
community of East Toronto since 1929, when it opened its doors as a
110-bed general hospital. Over the years TEGH has continually renewed
its commitment to the community it serves. Today TEGH is a large,
urban, full-service community teaching hospital, providing
comprehensive care to a diverse population of 400,000, representing
over 45 cultural and linguistic groups. TEGH boasts Centres of
Excellence in Thoracic Surgery, Family Medicine Residency Program, and
Progressive Ventilation Weaning among its leadership programs.
About the TEGH Capital Redevelopment Campaign:
TEGH has received final approval for redevelopment from the Government
of Ontario and the City of Toronto. TEGH Foundation is currently in the
midst of a $60 million private sector campaign to raise funds for the
Hospital's $211-million redevelopment project. More than $50 million
has been raised to-date. The most significant component of the campaign
is the Ken and Marilyn Thomson Patient Care Centre that will improve
access and infection control.
SOURCE: Toronto East General Hospital
For further information:
Justin Van Dette
Manager, Corporate and Community Relations
Toronto East General Hospital Foundation
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