Members of Miners for Cancer joined The Northern Cancer Foundation (NCF) this morning at the Northeast Cancer Centre (NECC) to announce a $150,000 donation. The donation will be going towards upgrades to the radiation therapy suites.
The radiation therapy suites are home to the NECC’s linear accelerators, used for “external beam” radiation therapy. The accelerators direct a concentrated beam of x-rays and gamma rays or electrons, protons and neutrons at the cancer site. This painless procedure damages the DNA within the cancer site, either destroying the cancer cells or creating “free radicals” which attack the cancer cells.
Equally important to the linear accelerators is the area surrounding the machines. The radiation therapy “bunkers” at the NECC are designed to ensure the safety of NECC patients and staff both inside and outside of the radiation therapy suites. The bunkers require regular maintenance and upgrades to allow for continual use.
“The NCF is extremely grateful for Miners for Cancer’s continuous support,” says Tannys Laughren, Executive Director of the Northern Cancer Foundation, “in many cases; the NECC’s life-saving equipment would not be here if it weren’t for the atmosphere around the machines. It’s something that is often overlooked and we’re very appreciative of this funding towards upgrades.”
“Miners for Cancer is always proud to support the projects of the NCF and NECC,” says Wayne Tonelli, President and Co-Founder of Miners for Cancer, “After reviewing the requirements for the project, Miners for Cancer recognized the importance to fund the upgrades and maintenance of the radiation bunkers.”