Donations raised will go towards urgently needed equipment for Mount Saint Joseph Hospital
St. Paul’s Foundation today announced the fundraising launch of the 2018 Scotiabank Feast of Fortune gala with an aim of purchasing a new digital mammography machine for Mount Saint Joseph Hospital. To kick-off the campaign, gifts of $90,000 were made today by members of the Scotiabank Feast of Fortune fundraising committee.
“The 2018 Scotiabank Feast of Fortune gala will directly touch many of us because our fundraising focus involves breast cancer. Through personal experience, family or friends, colleagues or acquaintances, breast cancer is an issue close to us all,” said Sing Lim Yeo, gala founder and honourary chair of the 2018 Scotiabank Feast of Fortune committee. “The best way to help is to provide our doctors with the best tools and the best equipment available, and that is what we are aiming to do with this year’s gala.”
Now in its eleventh year, the annual Scotiabank Feast of Fortune is a festive celebration of Chinese New Year, combining a highly-anticipated live auction, amazing food creations, and spectacular live performances to raise funds for Mount Saint Joseph Hospital. Over the past ten years, Feast of Fortune galas have raised nearly $5 million for the purchase of vital medical equipment for Mount Saint Joseph Hospital. The 2018 Scotiabank Feast of Fortune takes place February 3rd, 2018 in advance of Chinese New Year on February 16th.
Funds raised will go towards the purchase of a state‐of‐the‐art mammography machine that harnesses a new technology called “tomosynthesis,” to create a 3‐D image. This technology has been hailed as a breakthrough in breast cancer detection as doctors can now see through denser breast tissue, which has long been a challenge for traditional mammography. The result is better cancer detection. This machine will contribute to high quality breast imaging for women at Mount Saint Joseph Hospital, where over 15,000 breast imaging studies were performed last year.
“Mammography is the cornerstone of breast cancer detection. Tomosynthesis represents an advance in breast imaging and is an invaluable imaging tool for detecting breast cancers and other high-risk lesions. It improves diagnostic accuracy, helps us further characterize findings and problem solve challenging cases,” says Dr. Amie Padilla-Thornton, Radiologist, Medical Imaging at Mount Joseph Hospital.
The Providence Breast Centre, located at Mount Saint Joseph Hospital, supports approximately 20 per cent of breast cancer patients in B.C. from Bella Coola, to Terrace, to Vancouver and everywhere in between. The centre provides breast cancer patients with a full continuum of care including screening, diagnosis, and surgery, all in one location, and operates the largest breast reconstruction program in the province.
“Having access to the technology we need to diagnose and treat breast cancer patients is crucial to improved health outcomes,” said Dr. Rebecca Warburton, Medical Director at the Providence Breast Centre at Mount Saint Joseph Hospital. “Digital mammogram machines, like the one that will be purchased with funds raised at this year’s Scotiabank Feast of Fortune, are an integral part of early cancer detection.”
Medical staff have identified that medical equipment and technology have an increasingly important role to play in patient care, but on average medical equipment has a life span of only seven to ten years. It is the generosity of the community, through donations to St. Paul’s Foundation and support of the Scotiabank Feast of Fortune gala, that makes it possible for Mount Saint Joseph Hospital to maintain its current standard of care and acquire new technology.
“It is inspiring to know that the new digital mammography machine will replace an older machine that was purchased with funds raised at the inaugural Feast of Fortune event ten years ago—in 2008,” said Broek Bosma, Chief Development Officer of St. Paul’s Foundation. “This shows how gifts from our community contribute to excellence at Mount Saint Joseph Hospital, and how we can now come together again to ensure this standard is maintained by having the best technology available to treat and care for patients.”
The 2018 Scotiabank Feast of Fortune gala expects to welcome 650+ prominent guests from Vancouver’s diverse community, as well as other influential supporters. You can support the 2018 Scotiabank Feast of Fortune by buying a ticket, becoming a sponsor, donating an auction item, or simply making a donation. For more information, please visit helpstpauls.com/scotiabank-feast-of-fortune.
“As a former patient of the Providence Breast Centre, I am proud to lend my support to raising funds for a new mammography machine at Mount Saint Joseph Hospital,” said, celebrity pop singer, Pancy Fung Ping Lau. “The care I received while undergoing treatment for my breast cancer was second to none, and I will always be grateful to the doctors, nurses, radiologists and technicians who treated me with such compassion. I encourage anyone who is able, to support the 2018 Scotiabank Feast of Fortune gala or donate online to St. Paul’s Foundation.”