The 16th annual in-person, Our Hospital Walk/Run, had just over 400 participants and volunteers, and raised more than $103,088 to support minimally invasive surgical equipment for the operating rooms.
Foundation Trustee and former patient, Gail Thomson, gave an important perspective on this year’s fundraising focus. Thomsen, who underwent 10 surgeries in three years, had both open and laparoscopic (minimally invasive) surgeries. “The difference in my recovery was significant. I experienced healing complications with the open surgery and my overall healing time was lengthy.”
Her final surgery was performed laparoscopically and she expressed her gratitude for the exceptional care she received.
“Instead of three months to heal, the “keyhole” incisions healed within a few weeks, and large bulky dressings were not required. I was home within 48 hours and experienced very little discomfort as compared to my other surgeries,” she added.
“Our Hospital Walk/Run is the community’s largest annual fundraiser for our Health Centre and has an impact on the care available close to home," said Tammy Morison, Foundation President.
Community and Hospital teams were celebrated through the Team Challenge Awards.
- The Community Team Challenge Award: True North Chevrolet Cadillac
- The Youth Team Challenge: Team 1305
- The Team Spirit Award: Team Superhero
- The Hospital Team Challenge: Cirque de Sore Legs (Human Resources Team)
Since the inception of the Hospital Walk/Run in 2006, the community has raised more than $1.5M in support of the North Bay Regional Health Centre.
Race results and more information about the event are available here.