Fundraiser hopes to raise money for mammography machine

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This year marks the 12th annual Bluey Day Fundraiser for the Fort St. John Hospital Foundation.

The fundraiser will take place on May 28 at the BC Ambulance Building.

It is part of the Foundation’s $1.2 million “Lend a Hand” campaign. This year, the Foundation’s goal is to raise $100,000 to help purchase a digital mammography machine.

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The current machine at the Fort St. John Hospital is old and the Foundation says the new machine will allow members of the community access to the latest technology regarding breast cancer diagnosis.

The fundraiser will include an afternoon BBQ, outdoor activities, as well as a large group of participants shaving their heads for cancer.

People interested in fundraising and participating in the event must register with Ashley Bentley, the executive director of the Foundation. Participants will then be asked to fundraise as much as possible, with an amount of $500 as their target goal. Anyone who reaches that goal will be allowed to shave their head in support of cancer research.

Since its creation in 1999, the Bluey Day Fundraiser has raised over $1 million, with all funds raised staying within the community. The Foundation’s goal is to provide as much equipment as possible to keep patients in the Fort St. John area, therefore eliminating the stresses of having to travel outside the city.

Anyone interested in registering for the event or for more information, please contact Ashley Bentley at 250-262-5299.

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