Sun FM Makes Pediatric Oncology Room A Reality
Children facing cancer now have a dedicated space at Vernon Jubilee Hospital to receive chemotherapy treatment thanks to the Sun FM Have a Heart Radiothon and the incredible generosity of our community.
Donors, doctors, staff, and supporters gathered on Thursday to celebrate the grand opening of the Pediatric Oncology Room at the McMurtry-Baerg Cancer Centre at VJH. Supported by a specialized team of health care professionals, it is a child-friendly environment within the cancer centre where patients and families can feel comfortable as they receive the care they need.
"As a parent, I can't imagine what families experience when their child is diagnosed with cancer, so it is comforting to know that a calming, therapeutic space is available for them close to home. Thank you so much to Sun FM and North Okanagan residents for making this all possible," said Kevin Arbuckle, Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation President.
Sun FM has supported Women's and Children's Health Services at VJH for 16 years, and together with our community, they have raised more than $830,000. In 2018, the Sun FM team became more aware of children undergoing cancer treatment and knew they wanted to do something to improve the situation.
In April 2018, the Have A Heart Radiothon raised a record breaking $94,000 to make the dream of this dedicated space become a reality.
Dr. Michael Cooke says the nurses on the pediatric ward have been doing an amzing job, but this new Peds Oncology Program is so important for the young patients, who often have to spend a long time in Vancouver and will now be able to be home to finish their treatment.
Not only is the room well-equipped for world-class treatment, it is also designed to be relaxing and entertaining for the children during difficult times. There is a TV with video games systems, stuffed animals, colouring activities, and more. The Vernon Jubilee Hospital Auxiliary made a generous donation to purchase the furniture for the room and a beautiful mural was painted by students at Vernon Christian School, who spent over 150 hours on the colourful project.
The first patient will be treated in the new facility next week.