SAINT JOHN, Sept. 26, 2011 /CNW/ - This year, Irving Oil's Fuel the Care
program marked its 10th anniversary. Over the past decade, Fuel the Care has provided fuel gift
cards to over 35,000 families with children who require medical care
throughout Atlantic Canada and New England.
Carla Chandler and her family live in Westfield, New Brunswick. Her son,
Keenan, suffered severe burns in a backyard fire. Keenan was airlifted
to the IWK Health Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia and was in an induced
coma for eleven days. After weeks and multiple medical procedures in
the hospital, Keenan returned home. The road to recovery has been
difficult and the Chandlers' travel four and a half hours each way to
Halifax for Keenan's surgeries every three months.
"With my husband who, in addition to his work, also volunteers as a
firefighter, and myself working full-time we have to worry about travel
costs, medicine and the procedures. The kindness of strangers, our
family and friends have helped us stay afloat," said Carla Chandler.
"At first I was under the impression Fuel the Care was a one-time gift,
but was excited to find that this incredible program continues to
provide us with much needed assistance throughout the rough times.
Families are reluctant to look for handouts, but the money you save on
gas is money that goes toward medical bills."
Irving Oil's Fuel the Care is administered to families in New Brunswick
through social workers and hospital administrators at the Saint John
Regional Hospital in Saint John, NB. With many families facing monthly
travel costs of several hundred dollars for accommodation, food and
other necessities, Fuel the Care gives them one less thing to worry
about. "I've seen first-hand the difference this program has made in
the lives of the families we work with," said Stefan Mildenberger, a
Social Worker at the Saint John Regional Hospital. "It's wonderful to
give them some good news during times of such stress."
Four additional hospitals participate in the Fuel the Care program in
Atlantic Canada and New England: the Janeway Child Health and
Rehabilitation Centre in St. John's, NL; the IWK Health Centre in Nova
Scotia; EMHS in Maine and the Children's Hospital at
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (CHaD) in New Hampshire.
"Many of us have seen how devastating it is for a family when a child
becomes ill. We know Fuel the Care does not solve all of their worries
when their children face illness, but it does allow them to have one
less thing to be concerned about," said Mike Ashar, President of Irving
Oil. "Over the last ten years we have received tremendous, positive
feedback from Fuel the Care families. So as the program continues to
grow, we are proud to offer this service to ease the burden on families
in communities throughout New Brunswick."
About Fuel the Care
Since 2002, Irving Oil's Fuel the Care program has helped nearly 35,000
families with seriously ill children throughout Atlantic Canada and New
England. The program provides fuel gift cards to parents who must
frequently travel to provide their children with urgent medical care.
In addition to providing families with over $2 million in fuel gift
cards, Fuel the Care has also provided $350,000 in funding for research into childhood
diseases. For more information about Fuel the Care, visit www.facebook.com/irvingoil.
About Irving Oil
Irving Oil was founded in 1924 and is a privately owned regional
refining and marketing company with a history of long-term partnerships
and relationships. Irving Oil operates Canada's largest refinery, in
Saint John NB, which is located 65 miles north of the US border and has
reached production rates in excess of 300,000 barrels per day. The
refinery exports over 80 per cent of its production to the US and
accounts for 75 per cent of Canada's gasoline exports to the US and 19
per cent of all US gasoline imports. In 2003, Irving Oil became the
first oil company to receive a US Environmental Protection Agency Clean
Air Excellence Award, for its clean gasoline. For more information
about Irving Oil, visit www.irvingoil.com
SOURCE Irving Oil Limited
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