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Local cancer fund recipient of latest 100 Women Who Care event


TRURO – It took a moment to sink in, but when the good news did, Raj Makkar could not have been more excited.

“I’m ecstatic. My heart’s going to pound out of my chest,” he told the Truro Daily News moments after being chosen as the successful recipient of Tuesday night’s 100 Women Who Care event in Truro.

Almost 450 women gathered to donate about $18,000 to one local charity. Three presentations were made and the women voted on their choice, which was Makkar’s for We Care About Cancer Fund through the Colchester East Hants Health Centre Foundation.

“I wish I could thank each and every one of these amazing women from the bottom of my heart because if they could see the smiles on cancer patients in the moment we give them gas and grocery cards and to help them travel … you can’t put a dollar value on that. It will make a massive difference,” Makkar, the department head of ambulatory care, cardio respiratory services and the chemotherapy clinic, said.

During his presentation, Makkar asked everyone to close their eyes and raise their hand if they know of someone who has cancer. Virtually every hand was raised.

Makkar said Colchester County has the “highest incidence of cancer per capita in Nova Scotia” and that “our chemo clinic has more patient visits per year than any other chemo clinics in the

province.”

The We Care About Cancer Fund helps cancer patients emotionally, educationally and financially, including offering them assistance with groceries and medical travel, and providing wigs.

“The decision to undergo treatments are made easier” when assistance is readily available, Makkar said, adding all donations for the fund stay in the county.

Michelle McCann was another presenter vying for the funds. Her presentation was for the Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia.

“It’s an epidemic that’s stealing” loved ones, McCann said, as she shared personal stories of family members who have suffered dementia and Alzheimers.

Brenda Putnam was the third presenter, and spoke on behalf of the Third Place Transition House in Truro. Putnam shared the prayer of a five-year-old in an abusive home.

Paula Weaver, with Archway Counselling, also spoke briefly about how winning the event in December impacted the non-profit counselling association.

“This exposure was monumental for us,” she said, adding 100 new files (clients) were accepted. Slate Youth Centre, which is also under Archway’s direction, was assisted with some funds for its upcoming teen leadership conference in Ottawa.

The next 100 Women Who Care event is June 2 at 6 p.m. at the Nova Scotia Community College in the gym.

A men’s group will also be held this summer. Details are yet to be confirmed.

 

mchiasson@trurodaily.com

Twitter: tdnMonique

“I’m ecstatic. My heart’s going to pound out of my chest,” he told the Truro Daily News moments after being chosen as the successful recipient of Tuesday night’s 100 Women Who Care event in Truro.

Almost 450 women gathered to donate about $18,000 to one local charity. Three presentations were made and the women voted on their choice, which was Makkar’s for We Care About Cancer Fund through the Colchester East Hants Health Centre Foundation.

“I wish I could thank each and every one of these amazing women from the bottom of my heart because if they could see the smiles on cancer patients in the moment we give them gas and grocery cards and to help them travel … you can’t put a dollar value on that. It will make a massive difference,” Makkar, the department head of ambulatory care, cardio respiratory services and the chemotherapy clinic, said.

During his presentation, Makkar asked everyone to close their eyes and raise their hand if they know of someone who has cancer. Virtually every hand was raised.

Makkar said Colchester County has the “highest incidence of cancer per capita in Nova Scotia” and that “our chemo clinic has more patient visits per year than any other chemo clinics in the

province.”

The We Care About Cancer Fund helps cancer patients emotionally, educationally and financially, including offering them assistance with groceries and medical travel, and providing wigs.

“The decision to undergo treatments are made easier” when assistance is readily available, Makkar said, adding all donations for the fund stay in the county.

Michelle McCann was another presenter vying for the funds. Her presentation was for the Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia.

“It’s an epidemic that’s stealing” loved ones, McCann said, as she shared personal stories of family members who have suffered dementia and Alzheimers.

Brenda Putnam was the third presenter, and spoke on behalf of the Third Place Transition House in Truro. Putnam shared the prayer of a five-year-old in an abusive home.

Paula Weaver, with Archway Counselling, also spoke briefly about how winning the event in December impacted the non-profit counselling association.

“This exposure was monumental for us,” she said, adding 100 new files (clients) were accepted. Slate Youth Centre, which is also under Archway’s direction, was assisted with some funds for its upcoming teen leadership conference in Ottawa.

The next 100 Women Who Care event is June 2 at 6 p.m. at the Nova Scotia Community College in the gym.

A men’s group will also be held this summer. Details are yet to be confirmed.

 

mchiasson@trurodaily.com

Twitter: tdnMonique

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