Wal-Mart Canada donates $220,000 to Breast Cancer Research & Diagnosis at the QEII
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.”
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