Photo: Billy Reimer and Wendy Pollock started the "Pink Ribbon Breast Cancer Foundation" to help support local cancer patients – Christine Rumleskie/Energeticcity.ca
Two survivors are giving local cancer patients the opportunity they never had.
Wendy Pollock is a breast cancer survivor, and Billy Reimer battled leukemia. Pollock says was put on medication that cost $5,000, to help boost her white blood cell count. She quit her job, which left her husband’s paycheck the only source of income for her family.
She says she worried about money, which caused unnecessary stress during her recovery.
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Billy Reimer had just started a new job when he was diagnosed, so he didn’t qualify for extended medical coverage.
He says he sold his home, among other things, to afford his treatments.
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Both Reimer and Pollock searched for financial assistance, but to no avail.
The pair decided at that point that a foundation needs to be in place to help those who are vulnerable. Two months ago, the local branch of the Pink Ribbon Breast Cancer Foundation began.
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Reimer notes that it’s not just medical bills that cancer patients face. He says it’s the monthly costs like rent or mortgage payments.
With Christmas approaching, the foundation has begun selling tickets in advance, for its first-ever dinner, auction, and dance gala.
There are 350 tickets available, and are $50.00 each. The event is at the Pomeroy Hotel on January 16th, 2010. Reimer and Pollock hope to raise $20,000.
Tickets are available at the Pomeroy Hotel and the Moose FM radio station. To volunteer your time, donate an auction item, or to apply for financial assistance call Billy Reimer at 250-262-8883.