Foundation Receives Over $83,000 from Fuel the Fight Day

December 11, 2019

Regina, SK. – Today, the Cancer Foundation of Saskatchewan (Foundation) is honoured to receive a donation of $83,193 from the Sherwood Co-op and Co-op Refinery Complex’s Fuel the Fight Day held on December 10, 2019.

This is the largest amount ever raised on the Co-ops charity litre day.

“We are completely blown away by the generosity of people who filled up their tanks at Sherwood Co-op Gas Bars on Fuel the Fight Day,” said Nora Yeates, CEO of the Foundation. “Sherwood Co-op and the Co-op Refinery Complex are incredible community partners who understand the importance of supporting cancer patients in Saskatchewan.”

Over 415,000 litres of fuel was sold at Sherwood Co-op Gas Bars with 20 cents from every litre being donated to the Foundation. The money is going towards the new 4D CT Simulator at the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency’s Allan Blair Cancer Centre in Regina.

More than half of all cancer patients will undergo radiation at some point in their treatment. In order for that to happen they must first get a CT simulation. The simulation provides a patient’s medical team with the images they need to determine the most exact and effective radiation treatment plan.

New CTs are able to work in 4D, now adding in the dimension of time. The medical team can more accurately account for breathing motion and organ function which can impact the location of tumours.

“The community support we continue to receive with our 20 cents per litre days never ceases to amaze. A huge thank you to those who filled up yesterday to support the Cancer Foundation of Saskatchewan and the new CT Simulator for the Allan Blair Cancer Centre here in Regina. Also, a special thank you to our wonderful Sherwood Co-op staff that filled the tanks and braved the elements, they are a special group,” said Troy Verboom, CEO, Sherwood Co-op.

“Together with our friends at Sherwood Co-op, we have seen the positive impact initiatives like these have had on the community over the years. We both recognized that supporting this campaign was a ‘fight’ we wanted to be a part of,” said Brad DeLorey, Director-Communications and Public Affairs. “We have all been touched by cancer at some point in our lives. Thank you to the residents of Regina and surrounding area for fueling up in a record-setting way, and for helping us make the holiday season a little brighter for our friends and neighbours facing health challenges.“

Last year, there were almost 1300 CT simulations performed at the Allan Blair Cancer Centre.

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