HALIFAX, Nov. 2 /CNW/ - The QEII Foundation announced today a donation of
$220,000 by Wal-Mart Canada and their vendor partners towards breast cancer
research and diagnosis at the QEII Health Sciences Centre, the region's
largest tertiary care facility and home to the Nova Scotia Cancer Centre.
Dr. Geoff Porter, surgical oncologist and head of the Capital Health Cancer
Care Program, said the gift from Wal-Mart Canada "will be critical in allowing
the full conversion of diagnostic mammography at the QEII to a full, state of
the art, digital unit." Funds from the Wal-Mart donation will be directed
towards stereotactic core biopsy equipment for use with digital mammography,
and for breast cancer clinical trial research at the health sciences centre.
"Biopsies will now be performed under digital guidance, rather than using
traditional film methods; this is a significant technologic step forward with
improved accuracy and reproducibility", said Dr. Porter, "Nova Scotia is now
on the path to become the only province in Canada with full digital screening
mammography for the entire province", he added.
Breast cancer affects approximately one in every nine Canadian women.
This year alone, over 22,000 women in Canada will be diagnosed - nearly 430
every week. Statistics like these have prompted Wal-Mart Canada to take
action. "Breast cancer is among the causes our 8,000 associates in Atlantic
Canada have asked us to support and we are proud to respond to this request in
giving a significant donation", said Chantal Glenisson, Vice-President
Operations for Eastern Canada at Wal-Mart Canada. "We really want to thank our
vendor partners Clorox, Colgate, Dial, FHP, Lever Ponds, P&G, SC Johnson, and
Reckitt Benckiser for championing this great cause", she added.
Bill Bean, President & CEO of the QEII Foundation, lauded Wal-Mart's
decision to support the QEII. "The QEII Health Sciences Centre is a primary
cancer care site for the entire region," he said. "Patients from all four
Atlantic provinces come through the doors every day. Every gift, every
donation makes a difference as we build a world class patient-centered health
care facility right here in Atlantic Canada."
About Wal-Mart Canada Corp.
Established in 1994 and headquartered in Mississauga, Ontario, Wal-Mart
Canada operates a growing network of 293 outlets nationwide. In recent years
more than 100 Canadian communities have lobbied or petitioned to have a
Wal-Mart built in their towns. The company employs more than 70,000 Canadians
and has been ranked one of Canada's best employers five of the past six years
by international human-resources firm Hewitt Associates and Report on Business
Magazine. For more information about the company, Wal-Mart Canada's first
Corporate Values Report is available at www.walmart.ca.
For further information:
For further information: Tanya MacLean, Acting Director, Communications,
QEII Foundation, (902) 473-4696; Yanik Deschenes, Wal-Mart Canada, (514)