The Scarborough Hospital Foundation held its second Scarborough World Gala on Saturday, May 10, successfully raising $1.75 million in support of the hospital’s Cancer Care program, with final totals to be confirmed in the next few weeks.
“On behalf of everyone at The Scarborough Hospital, we extend our gratitude to all of those who supported this year’s Gala,” said Robert Biron, President and CEO, The Scarborough Hospital (TSH). “Meeting our fundraising goal is a crucial step forward in achieving our vision of a fully-integrated, state-of-the-art Cancer Care program, which will enhance the already excellent care provided by our highly skilled health care team.”
TSH’s Cancer Care program prides itself in providing holistic care, treating patients throughout the entire journey – from diagnosis, to surgery, through treatment, and onto supportive care and recovery. The program has expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of most common cancers, including breast, colorectal, lung, prostate and lymphoma.
The Gala included a Lifetime Achievement Award presentation to Dr. Dhun Noria, Chief of Laboratory Medicine and Medical Director of Laboratories at TSH, for her unwavering commitment and steadfast dedication to the hospital, the medical community and to Scarborough. Dr. Noria is no stranger to the battle against cancer. She is a two-time breast cancer survivor and knows first-hand about the fear, uncertainty and anxiety that follows that diagnosis.
“I am humbled to be honoured as the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient,” said Dr. Noria. “As both a physician and patient of The Scarborough Hospital, I know too well the horror of this disease called cancer, but I also know very well the excellent care provided by our hospital. I am committed to ensuring that members of our Scarborough community who are fighting this disease receive the same outstanding care close to home.”
Hosted by CTV News personality Anwar Knight, the evening also included a special keynote address from the Duchess of York Lady Sarah Ferguson, and performances by renowned musician Lawrence Gowan, whose wife Janice received chemotherapy treatment at TSH in 2012 following breast cancer surgery. Janice shared her remarkable story and guests were touched by the strength and vitality she demonstrated throughout her battle.
“Like Dr. Noria, I am also a two-time cancer survivor,” said Janice. “For me, the chemotherapy was terrible and I was admitted to the hospital on numerous occasions. The compassionate and talented health care team at The Scarborough Hospital made all the difference to me and gave me a faith in myself that I could survive my second battle with cancer.”