Members of the Royal Canadian Legion, District H gathered in the lobby of the Northeast Cancer Centre (NECC) on Sunday morning to celebrate their continued support of the Northern Cancer Foundation (NCF) with an unveiling of a new placard in the Arbour of Hope and the grand total of the donations their clubs have made over the years.
For several years, District H of the Legion has been supporting the NECC’s Brachytherapy program. Brachytherapy is a form of radiation treatment where radioactive implants are inserted directly into the tissue either inside or next to the tumour or area requiring treatment. This treatment is used to treat many cancers, but is used most often in prostate cancer treatment. It was announced at the event that the Legion had funded this program for over $645,000. The NCF also unveiled a new placard in the “Arbour of Hope” in the Cancer Centre’s lobby.
While attending theLegion’s District H meetings on Saturday, the NCF was presented with a number of cheques from individual branches totalling over $20,000.
“The Legions have been so good to us for so many years, we really wanted to recognize them and make it special. A placard in the “Arbour of Hope” is one of the most prestigious honours that we can give,” says Tannys Laughren, Executive Director of the NCF, “ the Cancer Centre and all of northeastern Ontario are certainly fortunate to have the Legion’s support.”