There are a great many communities in Northeastern Ontario that pledged support for the Sam Bruno P.E.T. Scan Fund in the past several years to help the P.E.T. Steering Committee and the Northeast Cancer Centre acquire a P.E.T. scanner in Sudbury, and with the final funding announcement made last week, those pledges are starting to be fulfilled.
Alan Spacek, Mayor of the Town of Kapuskasing, made the nearly 500km trip down to Sudbury to present the Northern Cancer Foundation with a cheque for $50,000, honouring their pledge to the Sam Bruno P.E.T. Scan Fund.
“We think about inconvenience for Sudburians when they are forced to travel to Toronto or Ottawa for cancer testing and treatments – patients from Kapuskasing, their trip is more than double ours.” says Tannys Laughren, Executive Director of the Northern Cancer Foundation, “It’s incredible that they feel fit to donate $50,000, especially given the size of their town. This is a very meaningful donation.
On November 8th, the NCF announced that with the help of two anonymous $500,000 donors, the fundraising portion of the P.E.T. Scanner purchase had been completed. Since that announcement, several Northeastern Ontario municipalities who pledged their support have reached out to fulfill their pledges.