VANCOUVER, B.C. - In advance of National Indigenous Peoples day on Sunday, June 21st, the BC Cancer Foundation proudly announces that Scotiabank has generously donated $100,000 to BC Cancer – Prince George’s Greatest Needs Fund to support patients and families facing challenging times.

BC Cancer – Prince George cares for the highest percentage of Indigenous patients out of all BC Cancer centres. Having access to world-leading care is vital for vulnerable populations like the local Indigenous community.

The Greatest Needs Fund ensures BC Cancer – Prince George can support patients and families with financial pressures associated with cancer diagnosis and treatment, as well as support cutting-edge research into new, more precise treatments for patients living in Northern B.C.

"Scotiabank is proud to support this crucial fund that we hope will help alleviate some of the pressures patients and their families may face, especially during these unprecedented times," says Lesly Tayles, Senior Vice President, B.C. & Yukon Region, Scotiabank.

With the significant impacts of COVID-19, individuals with a cancer diagnosis require additional support.

Scotiabank's gift will help patients in the areas of:

  • Accommodation: This need has greatly increased for out of town patients with the recent closure of cancer patient lodges.
     
  • Transportation: With volunteer drivers and shuttle services ceasing to continue, there is an increased need for gas cards to ensure patients are able to get to their appointments. Two thirds of patients treated at BC Cancer– Prince George live 10 hours or more away from the centre.
     
  • Grocery gift cards: Support is required in order to ensure patients have adequate nutrition during their treatment.
     
  • Precision radiation therapy: BC Cancer – Prince George has a world-class team that delivers cutting-edge treatments and conducts innovative research to better serve northern communities.

Scotiabank's gift will have a direct impact on patients in the community, transforming care and helping save more lives.​

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Media enquiries:

Hayley Judge
Senior Marketing & Communications Specialist
BC Cancer Foundation
T: 604.764.0666
E: hayley.judge@bccancer.bc.ca