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Celebrating past and future support of CyberKnife

The Ottawa Hospital Foundation was honoured to host an event at The Ottawa Hospital Cancer Centre in celebration of past workplace philanthropy and workplaces who have committed their support to a CyberKnife software updgrade, which will reduce radiation treatment times by 30 per cent and increase the number of patients benefiting from this state-of-the-art cancer care by 50 per cent.

The Ottawa Hospital is among a handful of Canadian hospitals offering CyberKnife technology to cancer patients. The CyberKnife, a robotic high-dose radiation machine, was purchased thanks solely to community support. When the employees of MDS Aero heard this, they were moved by the initial generosity of the community and decided to focus their 2012 workplace campaign on fundraising for the CyberKnife’s software upgrade. Through the generosity and commitment of MDS Aero employees, their workplace campaign raised nearly $60,000.


Wayne Penney, Chief Financial Officer at MDS Aero, receives a citation in recognition of the success of MDS Aero’s 2012 workplace campaign from Jessica Pancoe, Development Officer at The Ottawa Hospital Foundation.

Innovapost employees, supporters of the White Coat Challenge, pose with Julie Gratton, Lead Radiation Therapist of the CyberKnife Unit, following a tour of the CyberKnife.

In addition, the employees of the companies that make up the White Coat Challenge were equally inspired to support cancer care and the CyberKnife’s software upgrade.

“We all know someone who has suffered from cancer, so I can’t think of a better reason to be a supporter of the White Coat Challenge,” said Dave Allum, Chair of the White Coat Challenge.

The goal of this year’s White Coat Challenge is $150,000, and the enthusiastic employees of several local companies are dedicated to making sure The Ottawa Hospital is equipped with the best cancer care.


Supporters of the White Coat Challenge include the employees of Calian, some of whom attended
a tour of the CyberKnife with Julie Gratton (far right), Lead Radiation Therapist of the CyberKnife Unit.

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