Festival’s dedication pays off

By on February 23, 2015

Staff at Save-On-Foods and members of the Nanaimo Dragon Boat Festival Society present a donation of $22,000 to Nanaimo and District Hospital Foundation, which will use the money to buy breast MRI equipment. - Photo contributed

Staff at Save-On-Foods and members of the Nanaimo Dragon Boat Festival Society present a donation of $22,000 to Nanaimo and District Hospital Foundation, which will use the money to buy breast MRI equipment.

— image credit: Photo contributed
Every year, a devoted band of volunteers welcomes dozens of paddling teams and hundreds of paddlers from across the west coast and United States to participate in the annual Save-On-Foods Nanaimo Dragon Boat Festival.

However, competition and tourism are only added benefits. The focus of the event is clear and constant: the fight against breast cancer.

This year, the Nanaimo Dragon Boat Festival Society, together with title sponsor Save-On-Foods, delivered $22,000 to the Nanaimo and District Hospital Foundation to be directed towards the purchase of a breast MRI for the medical imaging department at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital.

The breast MRI is most often used after a biopsy tests positive for cancer and the doctor requires additional information to plan treatment.

In total, the breast MRI will cost $100,000, but offer a superior image of the breast. This will enhance both treatment and recovery of breast cancer patients on Vancouver Island.

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