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Help Make a Difference: 25th Bluey Day Registration Opens March 1, 2024

[FORT ST. JOHN, March 1, 2024] – The Fort St. Hospital Foundation proudly announces the opening of registration for its biggest peer-to-peer fundraising event, Bluey Day celebrating its 25th year in 2024.  Bluey Day has engaged over 900 participants over the years and raised over $2.3 Million, supporting the Fort St. John Hospital Foundation’s Cancer Diagnostic and Treatment Fund.

According to the Canadian Cancer Society’s Canadian Cancer Statistics report in 2023, it is estimated that about 2 in 5 Canadians will develop cancer in their lifetime, and about 1 in 4 Canadians will die from cancer.

As per Northern Health’s Regional Chronic Diseases Program, the Fort St. John Community Cancer Centre is one of only two clinics in the Northeast providing systemic therapy (e.g. chemotherapy).  According to the Centre, they are presently managing approximately 120 active treatment cases and 20 follow-ups.

Over the years, the Bluey Day fundraising has allowed the FSJ Hospital Foundation to purchase small pieces of equipment ranging from heating pads, blanket warmers, vein finder, as well as major equipment such as Histo Tissue Processor, Hematology Analyzer, CT Scanner, Colonoscope Scopeguide,  MRI Machine, and CT Scanner upgrade.  Through these acquisitions, patients can access the same level of care available in larger centers, all within the comfort of our community, surrounded by family and friends.

The whole community is invited to participate in Bluey Day! Options for participation are as an individual, a family, or a team. In this one-of-a-kind fundraiser, participants pledge to shave their heads and collect donations from their circle of friends, family and coworkers.  On Bluey Day on May 25 (Saturday) at the Centennial Park, participants will have their hair shaved in support of family and friends who have been touched by cancer in one way or another.

This year, the FSJ Hospital Foundation aims to raise $100,000 through Bluey Day fundraising efforts.