On May 25, 2019, a total of 48 participants gathered outside the BC Ambulance Building to “Be Brave & Shave” at the 20th Annual event. This special day saw an amazing total of $80,000+! All proceeds have been allocated to the foundation’s Cancer Diagnostic and Treatment Fund. It also ensures the Foundation can meet both the long-term and emergent needs of our hospital as our medical staff works on early diagnosis and treatment of patients with cancer.
Historically the funds raised from Bluey Day events has enabled the Foundation to pledge $150,000 towards the MRI machine, purchase a $206,000 software upgrade to the Hospital’s CT scanner which allows the Hospital’s radiologist technicians to lower the radiation dose to patients, as well as a Gastroscope and Hysteroscope for our surgery department, which are both used for early detection and diagnosis of cancer.
Bluey Day participants are key to this fundraiser. Each “Be Brave & Shave” participant agreed to raise at least $500 to have their head shaved, but most set much higher personal goals. These amazing individuals spent up to three months seeking sponsorship from family, friends and businesses. Each participant has a personal reason for shaving. It might be a young child shaving for his grandma or entire families shaving in support of their neighbour and friend. Regardless of the reason, they share the desire to do what they can to help battle this disease.
Bluey Day in Fort St. John was established in 1999 and through the generosity of donors over $1.8 million has been raised! 100% of those funds have stayed in our community to support our citizens dealing with cancer.
This family friendly event brings our entire community together. Participants, volunteers, businesses, families and friends all gather to celebrate, support and honor local residents who have been touched by cancer.