The Checkup - Spring 2016 - Page 2

CANCER CARE CLOSE TO HOME During a recent routine health check up, Darlene Predham discovered the cancer she had previously had returned. Despite her diagnosis, she remains a dedicated and passionate community volunteer. Between shifts at the food bank and Keyano Theatre, Darlene is able to undergo chemotherapy treatments at the Northern Lights Regional Health Centre. With bravery and encouragement from her support network, Darlene refuses to let the cancer dictate her life. During her first battle six years ago, she drove to the Cross Cancer Institute in Edmonton for treatment. Although she was happy with the care, the constant hotel booking and travel time became too much for her to bear. She was forced to move away from her family and friends during treatment to reduce costs. Community member, Darlene Predham received chemotherapy treatments at the Northern Lights Regional Health Centre. “You shouldn’t need to stress about paying travel costs for health care during a critical time in your life,” says the staff and donor support to improve care. You couldn’t ask for Darlene. “If you’re travelling, your life is interrupted. any better,” says Darlene. Getting your treatment in Wood Buffalo on the other hand, your quality of life is improved.” Wood Buffalo is a growing community, and the Community Cancer Clinic at the Health Centre is proud to offer care close to home for patients requiring chemotherapy treatment. Compared to Darlene’s first time receiving care, the Health Centre now has televisions, five beds, and thanks to a generous donation from Total E&P Canada Ltd.–two heated massage chairs. “My chemo takes five hours, so I appreciate the dedication from “When you have something this devastating happen, it’s a comfort knowing you can have it treated quickly, right here in town.” - Darlene Predham With your support, the Northern Lights Health Foundation funds vital health care needs in Wood Buffalo. Donate today at northernlightshealthfoundation.ca. #SHAREYOURGRATITUDE The Northern Lights Health Foundation team has been asking – what are you most grateful for? People around the community have responded by sharing their moments of gratitude in support of the Gratitude Campaign! Follow our hashtag #ShareYourGratitude on Facebook and Twitter to see what people are most grateful for in your community and share your own messages of gratitude. Spot our Gratitude Campaign boxes around town? Share your gratitude moment for a chance to win an iPad Mini! It starts with you. Donate. Volunteer. Get Involved. For more information, visit gratitudecampaign.ca. 2 spring 2016 | The Checkup The Early Childhood Development team at the Northern Lights Regional Health Centre shares what they’re most grateful for - support from the Health Foundation!