12th annual Roses Radiothon campaign kicks off in Bathurst

An annual campaign that aims to highlight the importance of health facilities and improve the lives of cancer patients in the Chaleur and Acadian Peninsula regions kicked off at the Chaleur Regional Hospital in Bathurst this morning.

This year's Roses Radiothon seeks to raise $150,000 to provide health professionals with cutting-edge equipment to improve the comfort of patients undergoing chemotherapy treatments.

This year some of the money will be used to purchase a specialized device that will make it easier for mastectomy patients to access breast reconstruction.

A new phlebotomy chair and chair scale will be purchased for the hospital's oncology clinic to improve patient comfort.

Specialized chairs for children and educational games will also be purchased for children who undergo treatment at the oncology clinic.

Jessica Ward, whose six year old son Jeremie is battling cancer, says receiving treatments locally means her son can have a semblance of a normal life.

Ward says, that in 2014, her family spent ten months at hospitals in Quebec, away from their home in Bertrand, so Jeremie could be treated.

Since then, Jeremie has received 115 chemotherapy treatments at the Chaleur Regional Hospital Oncology Clinic.

Vitalite Health Network CEO Gilles Lanteigne says year after year, volunteers and donors support the fight against cancer and give hope to those affected by it so that one day the terrible disease becomes a thing of the past.  

The Roses Radiothon takes place on April 27th.