The 24-hour Spin-a-thon was created by Nanaimo Athletic Club because “in the health and fitness industry we see many people affected by cancer; members, friends, and families – there is no one left unaffected,” explained Paul Boudreault, Club Manager and organizer. Paul was thrilled by the outpouring of support by local businesses that supplied refreshments and motivation for teams, media who got behind the event, and by the enthusiasm teams showed for such a worthy cause close to home. Teams raised money through pledges, jeans days, and bake sales, “the creativity was inspiring.”
The NRGH Cancer Clinic was established in 1995, in partnership with the Provincial BC Cancer Agency and with support from BCCA in Victoria. The Clinic expects more than 3,500 patients will have received treatment at NRGH Cancer Clinic in 2011 alone, and this number increases each year. The Clinic serves patients from Ladysmith to Bowser, and Gabriola Island to Port Alberni, Tofino, and Ucluelet. The Clinic also does “Tele-health Follow-up” with patients who see their Clinical Specialist over an electronic network of communication; this is a growing trend in several health disciplines.
Brenda Rositano, of the Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation said “the reward for our hospital is the additional equipment to better serve the communities on Central and North Vancouver Island, but the importance of this event and events like this is that they give us a chance to talk about the value of our healthcare system right here at home; what is needed, but also the progressive capability we can offer as long as we pull together. I want to thank the Nanaimo Athletic Club for their hard work and determination for such a great cause. They did a fantastic job.”