The We Care About Cancer fund received a boost in funds, thanks to a local restaurant and its customers.
Boston Pizza raised $836.75 through kids’ cards, which offered free kids’ meals in exchange for a $5 donation.
“The money usually goes to the Boston Pizza Foundation, but we had the opportunity to choose where to put it,” said Jason Williams, owner of the Truro restaurant. “We wanted to support We Care About Cancer because it’s something that affects so many in the community.
Raj Makkar, manager of ambulatory care at the Colchester East Hants Health Centre, was spurred to form We Care About Cancer four years ago, when his close friend Mike Schmidt died. Darlene Holmes, cancer patient navigator at the hospital, helps identify where there is need.
“We’re super appreciative of these donations,” he said. “Without the community it wouldn’t happen, and so many cancer patients have benefitted from the fund. Every penny donated goes right to patients and their families. When people receive grocery or gas cards they’re so appreciative of what the community has done for them. It brightens their day.”
An anonymous donor is matching the Boston Pizza donation.