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Stan Cassidy Foundation Launches First-Ever Annual Campaign

November 16, 2017

Stan Cassidy Foundation Launches First-Ever Annual Campaign

The Stan Cassidy Foundation launched its first-ever annual campaign today, with a goal to raise $500,000 to improve the lives of Stan Cassidy Centre patients. The campaign runs until March 31.

“Taxpayer dollars can’t do it all,” says Alissa Lee, Executive Director for the Stan Cassidy Foundation. “Your generous gifts will directly support patients and families, research and education for the centre’s clinical experts, and new equipment for the rehabilitation centre that will help build the Centre’s capacity to provide leading edge care.”

The Foundation is raising money for the following projects and programs:

  • $200,000 for the General Fund – which makes all of the Foundation’s charitable programs and projects possible by financing all Foundation operations, allowing it to leverage opportunities that arise on short notice and develop new, emerging programs as needed.
  • $117,000 (plus in-kind donations) for Community Programs – to provide direct support to patients:
     
  • $50,000 for the Patient & Family Resource Fund – to provide grants for items to help improve the care and comfort of the patients and their families.
     
  • $50,000 for the Bikes ‘n’ Trikes Program – to provide specially-adapted bikes and trikes to patients whose treatment plans call for bike riding as an integral part of their therapy (one of only two such programs in Canada).
     
  • $15,000 for the Equipment Recycling Program (as well as additional in-kind donations) – to provide gently-used mobility equipment to patients.
     
  • $2,000 for the Annual In-patient Christmas Party – to provide a holiday celebration for in-patients (a 60-year tradition).
  • $22,000 for the Research and Education Fund – to help keep Centre staff at the forefront of diagnosis, treatment, and care.
  • $48,000 for an ultrasound machine – to precisely pinpoint and document sites for Botox injections, which help patients with control of muscle spasticity and rigidity,
  • $25,000 for a Home Sweet Smart Home suite – to act as a demonstration unit where the Centre’s expert assistive technology therapists will assess individual patient needs and abilities and then write a prescription for consumer-priced technology solutions to give them more control over their home environment.

The Foundation is halfway toward its goal with $235,242 raised to date, including a generous contribution of $48,000 from the Sir James Dunn Foundation to completely cover the costs of the ultrasound machine.

Gillian Hoyt-Hallett, Administrative Director of the Stan Cassidy Centre for Rehabilitation, says the items for which Foundation is raising funds through this annual campaign will make a big difference in the lives of patients with brain and spinal cord injury and disease.

“The new equipment and research and education opportunities will help elevate the standard of care we can provide for patients,” says Hoyt-Hallett. “They will also help keep clinicians at the top of their game and make the Centre and New Brunswick an attractive place to work for top talent.”

The projects funded through the campaign will ease the financial burden for patients and their families, who can face significant out-of-pocket expenses with the overwhelming costs of long-term rehabilitation, even if they have access to a robust private insurance plan.

“Without the Stan Cassidy Foundation, we would have incurred significant additional debt and our sky-high stress levels would have escalated,” says Karen Gunn, Stan Cassidy Foundation Grant Recipient. “The Foundation definitely fulfills its promise to help people overcome obstacles in very challenging and changing circumstances.”

Stan Cassidy Foundation Board Chair John Travis appealed to the community to donate to the campaign to help it reach its fundraising goal and make these important initiatives a reality.

“I am a donor myself, as is the firm I represent. I see the power that private giving has in brightening lives and helping people continue to be contributing members of society,” says Travis. “I invite individuals, families, family foundations, community groups, and businesses to support this campaign so that we can make a real, concrete and positive impact on the lives of the patients of this important New Brunswick institution and their families.”

To donate, please visit www.stancassidyfoundation.ca, call the Foundation at 506-452-5753, or bring or mail your donation to the Stan Cassidy Foundation at 800 Priestman Street, Fredericton, NB, E3B 0C7.

About the Stan Cassidy Foundation

The Stan Cassidy Foundation is a registered charity that directly benefits the day-to-day lives of Stan Cassidy patients and their families by raising funds for direct patient support programs, research and education, and building and equipment. Our focus is always on patient care, helping people to recover from illness, overcome obstacles and adapt to change circumstances.

For more information, contact:

Alissa Lee
Executive Director
506-443-2151 | 506-238-4555 (cell)
Alissa.Lee@HorizonNB.ca
www.stancassidyfoundation.ca

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