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$175,000 raised for Hope Air flights, cancer patients

Dec. 13, 2013, St. John's - Canadian Cancer Society, Newfoundland and Labrador Division, and Hope Air sincerely thank Steele Communications listeners who contributed to the Hope for Healing Radiothon which aired on December 11th with the proud support of the VOCM Cares Foundation and Steele Communications.


December 13, 2013
Carey Fredericks

The Radiothon proceeds will support Daffodil Place, in addition to a new air transportation program for Labrador cancer patients.

Daffodil Place has helped ease the burden for 3000 guests from over 300 different communities in Newfoundland and Labrador who have stayed at the accommodations facility while receiving cancer care in St. John’s.

Moreover, Hope Air and the Canadian Cancer Society, NL Division, are now collaborating to provide free air transportation to cancer patients living in Labrador who need care not available in their home communities.

The reach of this innovative air transportation program depends heavily on the ongoing generosity of the people of Newfoundland and Labrador. Donations are still being accepted www.hopeforhealing.ca or by calling (709)753-6703.

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Hope Air Executive Director Doug Keller-Hobson says, “We knew that we could depend on the giving spirit of the people of Newfoundland and Labrador, and we are deeply grateful for the response to this radiothon.” He adds that these gifts will help meet the urgent need in Labrador to get cancer patients to the healthcare they need.” Hope Air is a national charity based in Toronto which has provided over 80,000 free flights since its inception in 1986. “Conquering cancer can be a long and difficult journey. Getting to treatments shouldn’t have to be,” he says.

“Not only are we thrilled to be collaborating with Hope Air to provide air transportation to those living in Labrador, but we are thrilled that over $175,000 was raised by the people of Newfoundland and Labrador at our radiothon in support of Daffodil Place and this new initiative. We are overwhelmed with the generosity that we’ve received, and are truly thankful on behalf of all those affected by cancer in our province,” said Matthew Piercey, Executive Director, Canadian Cancer Society, Newfoundland and Labrador Division.