Over $76,000 Raised for QEH Mammography Equipment through Luxury “Willow Shed” Raffle

The 8×12’ “Willow Shed” is insulated, wired, solar-equipped, beautifully furnished and decorated with stunning natural décor. It is complete with an 8×10’ patio and includes an outdoor patio flame and Adirondack chairs.

The QEH Foundation is delighted to announce that $76,575 was raised from the recent She Shed raffle. Generous sponsors and contributors ensured this shed was built and furnished at no cost to the Foundation. Proceeds from this raffle will support the purchase of new mammography equipment for the QEH at a cost of $1.2 million.

The Construction Association of PEI (CAPEI) partnered with the QEH Foundation in the development of this initiative. CAPEI’s training program and its Women in Construction committee facilitated the build of the She Shed with base building materials and labour provided by CAPEI’s training program. 

The CAPEI’s Women in Construction Committee engaged major sponsors – Sherwood TimberMart, Arsenault Bros Construction and Plank & Pine Interior Design – along with many other sponsors and contributors who brought this to the luxurious prize to fruition. 

“This project came together as a result of collaboration among the Construction Association of PEI, QEH Foundation, and sponsors who saw the vision of this unique initiative,” says Sam Sanderson, General Manager of the Construction Association of PEI. “We are proud to support the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Foundation and we are grateful to see that the generous Island community made this so successful.” 

MaryEllen Hughes, Director of Philanthropy at the QEH Foundation, says the support for this project was overwhelming.  “We’re so grateful to our partners, sponsors, contributors, all ticket purchasers, and everyone who helped to spread the word,” says Hughes. “We are already talking to our partners about a similar project for our next raffle!”

The winning ballot was drawn live on Facebook on January 6, 2022.  The winner is Linda Harris Ford of Cornwall, PEI.  

For more information:
Kathleen Murphy
Director, Communications
QEH Foundation
kxmurphy@ihis.org

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QEH Foundation Launches Campaign to Fund New Mammography Machines

Kelly and her husband, Robbie, daughter, Leah (12),
and son, Jake(10) at their home in Brackley, PEI

CHARLOTTETOWN – The QEH Foundation launches its 2021-22 Annual Friends for Life campaign today with a goal of raising $1.2 million in support of new mammography equipment for the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

Mammography screens for breast cancer at an early stage, when treatment is most successful. Grateful patient, Kelly McEntee, is thankful for the role mammography played in detecting her breast cancer in February of this year.

“I got a mammogram in my early 40s as something proactive I could do for my health,” said McEntee. “Never in a million years did I think my first mammogram would result in a breast cancer diagnosis.”

A tumour was discovered toward the back on Kelly’s chest wall and a biopsy confirmed the early stages of cancer. Shortly thereafter, Kelly underwent a lumpectomy and 21 rounds of radiation. She rang the bell to signify the end of her cancer treatments at the PEI Cancer Treatment Centre just four months after her official diagnosis in early 2021.

“The key equipment for me, and what I think eventually saved my life, was the mammogram machine,” says McEntee. “If you can be part of a legacy of new equipment for the hospital, please give what you can.”

Campaign Chair, Valerie Docherty, says she is honoured to be involved with this year’s campaign and recognizes that it is one that many Islanders can connect to.

“With such a close community here in PEI, everyone knows of someone who has been impacted by breast cancer,” said Docherty. “Mammograms are the key to early detection, which we know can lead to improved outcomes for more than 100 Island women – and also the men – who are diagnosed with breast cancer each year.”

The current mammography machines at the QEH are more than 12 years old and are reaching their end of life. New machines will have many improvements, including tomosynthesis technology that allows 3D imaging of dense breast tissue, which will reduce the need for invasive breast biopsies.

To kick-start the campaign, Kennedy Metals presented a gift of $25,000 and Phillips Auto Sales presented a donation for $5,000. The QEH Foundation thanks donors for their continuing generosity and is pleased with the support shown for digital mammography earlier this month by sponsors and ticketholders of the Yuletide Elimination Draw & Auction.

To donate to the QEH Foundation’s Friends for Life Campaign, please call the Foundation office at 902-894-2425, go online to www.qehfoundation.pe.ca or mail to the QEH Foundation, PO Box 6600, Charlottetown, PE C1A 8T5.

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QEH Foundation Launches Ticket Sales for Virtual Yuletide Elimination Draw & Auction

Patsy MacLean, QEH Foundation Board Chair, left, joins Menna MacIsaac, Prize Committee Chairperson, on the Charlottetown waterfront. The Yuletide Elimination Draw & Auction will broadcast live from the QEH on November 20th.

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE – The QEH Foundation’s Yuletide Elimination Draw & Auction, presented by CN, will return for its second year on November 20th, 2021. This virtual event will once again replace the annual gala dinner and give ticket holders the opportunity to win fantastic prizes and bid in an exclusive silent auction, sponsored by Brighton Construction. Tickets are $250 each and can be purchased at yuletideauction.ca or by calling the QEH Foundation office at 902-894-2425. 

The top three prizes in the elimination draw are (1) a 2022 Bayliner VR4 Outboard boat and trailer from Quartermaster Marine, valued at more than $50,000, (2) a $5,000 gift card from Canadian Tire Charlottetown, and (3) one roundtrip flight for two anywhere WestJet flies. Ticket holders can look forward to additional prize draws throughout the evening.

Tickets purchased before October 20th will be entered into an early bird draw, which has been newly introduced this year. The prize package includes a two-night stay in the one-of-a-kind “Floating Cottages on the Quay” on the historic Charlottetown waterfront and a gift certificate to enjoy a special meal at Peakes Quay Restaurant.  

Patsy MacLean, QEH Foundation Board Chair, says the Island community has truly embraced this virtual event.

“We were thrilled with the success of last year’s event, which doubled ticket sales from our gala and raised a record amount to purchase medical equipment needed throughout the QEH,” said MacLean. “Funds raised through our 2021 event will help to purchase mammography equipment for the QEH breast screening service that supports so many Islanders. The response from our sponsors so far has been outstanding.”

The Digital Mammography Units currently needed at the QEH cost a total of $1.2 million. The new equipment will replace the units presently in use and deliver improved image quality and detection of abnormalities, allowing radiologists to diagnose asymptomatic patients with even greater accuracy. One of these new state-of-the-art units will be equipped with tomosynthesis, an advanced type of mammography that captures multiple cross-sectional images of the patient’s breast, in less time, and pinpoints the exact location of a breast abnormality by using computer analysis of x-rays taken from two different angles.

The QEH Foundation expresses their heartfelt thanks to Presenting Sponsor, CN, and Diamond Sponsor, Cavendish Farms, for continuing to support this important fundraising event for our Island’s main referral hospital.  

Only 500 tickets will be sold for the Yuletide Elimination Draw & Auction. CBC’s Matt Rainnie will host the 90-minute virtual event that includes entertainment, touching patient stories, and a live elimination draw. Ticket holders are encouraged to watch the online broadcast but do not need to be watching in order to win elimination draw prizes. 

For more information:
Kathleen Murphy
Director, Communications
QEH Foundation
kxmurphy@ihis.org
902-894-2956 

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