CLARENVILLE, NL – The Hebron Project Employers Association (HPEA) and the Clarenville-based Power to Hope team have partnered to support cancer care in the province.
It comes in the form of a $125,000 donation to the Dr. H. Bliss Murphy Cancer Care Foundation for its Patient and Family Support Fund.
“There are very few families in this province who are not touched by cancer, and many of them face financial difficulty as a result of their cancer diagnosis,” said Lloyd Parrott of the HPEA, a non-profit corporation comprised of member contractors.
“The HPEA has been a proud sponsor of Power to Hope over the past three years, and now as we're approaching windup of our organization, we feel that it is the right time to make a significant contribution that will help for years to come. On behalf of our employer group, we are pleased to help alleviate some of the financial burden faced by cancer patients across Newfoundland and Labrador."
Power to Hope was created in 2013, in partnership with Power Conditioning Inc., and was inspired by a close friend’s battle with leukemia. The team has contributed over $186,000 to cancer-related causes in Newfoundland and Labrador, raising the money through various events.
“We have been very grateful for the support we have received from the community of Clarenville and businesses from across the province, and we are very proud to partner with the Hebron Project Employers Association to present this generous gift for cancer care,” team member Nancy Robbins said.
The Dr. H. Bliss Murphy Cancer Care Foundation’s Patient and Family Support Fund assisted 500 cancer patients facing financial difficulty as a result of a cancer diagnosis in 2017. The fund assists with expenses such as travel, accommodations and meals.
In the last year, Power to Hope contributed 42 per cent of the funding distributed from the fund.
“The Dr. H. Bliss Murphy Cancer Care Foundation believes in full accessibility to cancer treatment programs and services for all Newfoundlanders and Labradorians,” said Gary Smith, the organization's chair.
Smith said there are four cancer centres in the province – St. John’s, Gander, Grand Falls-Windsor and Corner Brook – and cancer patients travel from across the province from their home communities to receive treatment at each of the sites.
“Not every cancer patient must travel to St. John’s – there are many patients who travel to a regional cancer centre to receive chemotherapy or to see a visiting oncologist and are incurring the high cost of travel,” Smith said.
“As a charitable foundation we are attempting to help alleviate the financial burden of cancer, and we are honoured to have the continued support of the Power to Hope community group and to thank the Hebron Project Employers Association for their generous gift.”