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.
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”.
Bluey Day in Fort St. John was first established in 1999. 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.
For more information or would like to register as a participant – contact the FSJ Hospital Foundation office: Ph: 250.261.7563 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org