Andrea Wardrop, coordinator of community fundraising in the Northeast for the society, presented regional directors with a handcrafted wooden bowl made by Prince George artisan Ron Clemmons. The gist was a “thank you” on behalf of the society for the regional district’s contribution of $63,000, or $1 per capita, towards the Kordyban Cancer Lodge, which is intended to house future patients of the B.C. Cancer Agency Centre for the North once the facility is completed in the fall of next year.
A ground-breaking ceremony for the new lodge was held on July 15. The lodge is intended to include 36 beds for patients from communities throughout northern British Columbia, as well as full meal services, a family room, a spiritual and meditation room, massage therapy, a library, activity room, and wig and prosthetic services.
Wardrop said fundraising efforts for the lodge exceeded the total needed for the facility, so all additional monies will be set aside in a special fund to ensure upgrades can be made to the lodge in the future.
The Kordyban Cancer Lodge is being built on Alward Street in Prince George and will be adjacent to the new cancer treatment centre.