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Cougars 50/50 Society, Order of the Eastern Star donate $3,500 to BC Cancer Foundation

If you purchased a 50/50 ticket this past season at a Cougars’ game, you were helping cancer treatment in Prince George.

Recently, the Cougars’ 50/50 Society, on behalf of the Nechako Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star, donated $3,500 to the B.C. Cancer Foundation.

“The existing strain on patient and their families, coupled with the immense challenges posed by the pandemic, has significantly increased the need for support,” says Carolyn Jacob, Practice Lead for Patient and Family Counselling, B.C. Cancer- Prince George. “Thanks to generous philanthropic support, my team is able to provide emergency support through the Patient Comfort Fund, so patients are able to focus on their treatment, and getting better.”

The $3,500 donation will be directed to exclusively benefit the Patient Comfort Fund at the B.C. Cancer Centre for the North in Prince George. The Patient Comfort Fund was established in the spring of 2013 after the Nechako Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star made an initial donation of $15,000. The Patient Comfort Fund was set up to help alleviate a wide range of financial stressors for cancer patients and their families in Northern B.C. while going through chemotherapy and radiation treatments. Since its inception, over $25,000 has been donated to the Patient Comfort Fund.

“We would like to thank the Prince George Cougars for providing us with the opportunity to volunteer and assist us in supporting the Patient Comfort Fund at the B.C. Cancer Centre for the North,” said Bonnie-Jean Foulds, spokesperson for the Nechako Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star.

The Nechako Chapter volunteered at several Cougars’ home games throughout the 2019-20 season and the local chapter celebrated their 95th birthday in April. The Order of the Eastern Star raises funds for projects that benefit many charitable organizations in our community, like the B.C. Cancer Centre for the North, Kordyban Lodge, the Prince George Freemason Cancer Cars, and the University of Northern British Columbia Bursary.

The local chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star also raises money to purchase supplies to make and provide cancer dressings, which are free to any cancer patient in B.C. and the Yukon.

To learn more or to donate to the Patient Comfort Fund, visit wwww.bccancerfoundation.com/princegeorge

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