Bluey Day Postponed – REGISTRATION IS STILL OPEN

Update: Bluey Day 2020 scheduled for May 23, 2020 has been postponed due to health advisories! However, we are exploring options to reschedule Bluey Days to later in the year. We will be back to you shortly with our plans and a new date.

You can still make a difference by registering … For more information on how to register as a participant contact the FSJ Hospital Foundation office: P: 250.261.7563 or Email: fsjhf@northernhealth.ca or you can register online at:  https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/fort-st-john-hospital-foundation/p2p/bluey-day-registration.

Now, more than ever we have come to appreciate the value of local healthcare and services to our community, thank you for everything you are doing. Together, we will endeavor to continue to enhance patient care and comfort at the Fort St. John Hospital and Peace Villa Residential Care Facility through our dedicated partners and joint efforts.

The Fort St. John Hospital Foundation invites individuals, families, friends, and businesses to register individually or as a team to “Be Brave and Shave” for the 21st Annual Bluey Day. Participants grow their hair, and collect pledges from the community to have their head/facial hair shaved on Bluey Day to show their support for those who have been touched by cancer in one way or another.

The goal this year is to raise funds for the Cancer Treatment and Diagnostic fund to help purchase emergent equipment needs for the Diagnostic Imaging Department, Laboratory, Operating Theatre, and Endoscopy Suite to help with early screening and diagnosis of cancer and for the Cancer Treatment Centre so that wherever possible cancer patients can remain here at home with the same diagnosis and treatment options available in larger centres and stay close to their family and friends.

Bluey Day participants are key to this fundraiser. Each “Be Brave & Shave” participant raises a minimum of $500 to have their head shaved or to , but most set a much higher personal goal. Participants will fundraise, seeking sponsorship from family, friends and businesses. Each participant has a personal reason for shaving; it might be a young child shaving for his grandparent or entire families or teams shaving in support of someone special. Regardless of the reason, they all share the desire to do what they can.

Bluey Day is about people who come together to support those who have been touched by cancer in some way. For people who are undergoing treatment sometimes the side effect is to lose your hair! People who are shaving their heads are doing it to show they really care and they want to show their support for people, family, friends who are “living with cancer”, “having treatment for cancer” or “recovering from cancer treatment”, and “for those who are in remission and have passed that milestone”.

This family friendly event brings our entire community together. Families and friends all gather at the Fort St. John BC Ambulance Services building to support the participants who are there in support of or to honor those who have been touched by cancer.

All funds raised from Bluey Day events enables the Foundation to pledge towards the purchase of equipment used for early early detection, diagnosis and treatment of patients with cancer. For example past examples are: $150,000 towards the MRI machine, $206,000 for a software upgrade for the Hospital’s CT scanner to lower the radiation dose to patients, a Gastroscope and Hysteroscope for our Surgical Department and a Histo Tissue Processor for the Laboratory. Through the generosity of donors over $1.8 million to the Foundation’s Cancer Diagnostic and Treatment Fund has been raised. 100% of the funds stays in our community.