$1 Million Gift to Support Cancer Patients at Southlake

    NEWMARKET, ON, Aug. 6 /CNW/ - The Canadian Cancer Society today announced
a $1 million donation to the "Southlake...count on me" campaign to support the
Stronach Regional Cancer Centre at Southlake.
    The Society's contribution towards the $60 million campaign to build
Southlake's Regional Cancer Program and the Stronach Regional Cancer Centre,
was received with delight by the Southlake Foundation campaign team. "We are
thrilled to have the support of the Canadian Cancer Society who so clearly
share our vision for ensuring the best in cancer care for our patients and
their families", says Neila Poscente, President and CEO of the Southlake
Foundation. "Thanks to our volunteers and donors, the Canadian Cancer Society
is both able and pleased to contribute towards the Southlake Cancer Centre,"
says the Honourable Susan Whelan, CEO, Canadian Cancer Society, Ontario
Division. "By assisting in making treatment available closer to home for
people in this community, we are furthering our mission to enhance the quality
of life of people living with cancer."
    Supporting cancer patients and their families throughout their cancer
journey is a major focus of Southlake's Regional Cancer Program. As an
important part of their commitment, the Canadian Cancer Society will be
partnering with the Southlake volunteer program, to ensure the recruitment,
training and education of volunteers for this new and exciting role. "Our
patients and their families will find a unique environment at the new Regional
Cancer Centre - characterized by leading edge medical care combined with
supportive services that recognize the impact that cancer treatment has on so
many aspects of patient's lives", says Ms. Poscente. "Along with the expert
healthcare team, our patients and their families can look forward to being
supported by a Southlake volunteer team well equipped to support their cancer
    The Regional Cancer Program at Southlake, and the Program's centrepiece -
the outpatient Stronach Regional Cancer Centre, scheduled to open later this
year, is the most ambitious project ever undertaken in our community and will
provide a full range of cancer services including screening, advanced
diagnostic and treatment services, and supportive care for cancer patients and
their families. And for the 1.2 million people living in York Region and south
Simcoe County, that also finally means access to radiation treatment, close to
home. The spectrum of care will be a welcome change to cancer patients whose
care has been fragmented, receiving some services at their community hospital
and having to travel regularly to Toronto hospitals for life-saving radiation
    In the tradition of a hospital that strives to deliver the best
healthcare services its community needs and deserves, the Regional Cancer
Program at Southlake will be a model for the most advanced cancer care
available anywhere in Canada. One of the most exciting aspects of Southlake's
Regional Cancer Program is that it is being developed in partnership with
Princess Margaret Hospital, (PMH) one of the top five cancer research
hospitals in the world. New discoveries and innovative cancer therapies that
are changing cancer care for patients around the world are happening at
Princess Margaret. For Southlake patients, that partnership will mean access
to the newest treatments, the moment they become available.
    "We are so glad to have the support of the Canadian Cancer Society", says
Ms. Poscente. "Their financial contribution as well as their partnership with
the volunteer program at Southlake will help us fulfill our promise of the
best in healthcare for Southlake patients and their families. Every gift
counts - every dollar counts. Access to quality local healthcare, like having
comprehensive cancer care here in our own region, is not funded fully by
government. If we truly want to ensure that those services are there for our
family members, we each have to step up. As we move closer to our $60 million
goal, Southlake hopes that every resident of our region will ask themselves
what they've done to contribute to this campaign, to make the cancer journey
easier for one more person" she adds.

    Southlake Regional Health Centre is a full-service regional hospital
located in Newmarket, and, because of its many specialty programs, serves an
area from southern York Region to Muskoka. The only non-teaching hospital in
Ontario to specialize in both cancer and cardiac care and to offer five
regional programs, Southlake has earned a reputation as a healthcare leader by
performing leading-edge procedures including a recent world-first cardiac

    The Canadian Cancer Society is a national community-based organization of
volunteers whose mission is the eradication of cancer and the enhancement of
the quality of life of people living with cancer. When you want to know more
about cancer, visit our website www.cancer.ca or call our toll-free, bilingual
Cancer Information Service at 1 888 939-3333.

    To make a donation, call (905) 836 7333 or visit

For further information:

For further information: Rena Scheffer, Director, Marketing and
Communications, Southlake Regional Health Centre Foundation, Tel : (905)
836-7333 ext. 237, Email: rscheffer@southlakeregional.org; Camille Beaubien,
Senior Coordinator, Communications, Canadian Cancer Society, Ontario Division,
Tel: (416) 323-7023, Email: cbeaubien@ontario.cancer.ca

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