The BC Cancer Foundation has launched a $5 million fundraising campaign for the purchase and installation of a new PET/CT scanner at the BC Cancer Agency’s Sindi Ahluwalia Hawkins Centre for the Southern Interior. PET/CT is vital in helping doctors diagnose cancer and create treatment plans for patients.
There are currently only two publicly funded PET/CT scanners in B.C., both located at the BC Cancer Vancouver Centre. Currently, more than 800 patients from the Southern Interior have to travel to Vancouver each year for a PET/CT scan they're counting on to save their lives. Many more are too unwell or don't have the support network to make the trip. With more than 5,000 new cancer diagnoses expected this year in the region, the time to bring this essential diagnostic tool to Kelowna is now.
BMO Financial Group recently matched $500,000 of donations from thousands of donors across to province to our campaign to double the number of scanners in the province. This also inspired longstanding supporter and community leader Dr. Chan Gunn to make his own pledge of $500,000 to match gifts beyond BMO’s offer. Thank you to everyone who contributed!
We are still actively fundraising for a new PET/CT scanner for Kelowna and are about halfway to our goal, so please make a donation today and help revolutionize cancer care in B.C.!