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The Senators Community Foundation and Ottawa Integrative Cancer Centre (OICC) Foundation are teaming up to raise funds to support subsidized integrative cancer care for pediatric patients and their families, during the month of November, as part of their plan for the NHL Hockey Fights Cancer campaign.
A cancer diagnosis is extremely difficult for children, adolescents and for their families. Integrative cancer care given concurrently with chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy can help to improve a patient's quality of life and may help to decrease side effects of cancer treatments, supporting physical, mental and emotional well-being.
Integrative cancer care offered at The Centre for Health Innovation (the new home of the OICC) includes naturopathic medicine, acupuncture, integrative medicine, psychotherapy, nutritional guidance, massage therapy, and yoga therapy, to name a few. All of these therapies are complementary and supportive of hospital-based care.
"The OICC was amazing at keeping me going. It was crazy the things I was doing while on chemo. I was hanging out with friends at night. I was going out to music festivals. I was living pretty close to a normal 16-year old's life. And I was having two brain tumours at the same time. I think it's just amazing that the OICC made that possible for me." - Raffi
In the month of November, all donations made to The Bryan Murray Legacy Fund will be specifically allocated to subsidize care for pediatric cancer patients and their families.
"About half of the patients with a new diagnosis at CHEO ask their oncologist about integrative cancer care options," said Dr. Donna Johnston, Chief, Division of Hematology/Oncology at CHEO. "Being able to offer a subsidy for our patients in need of financial support to access integrative care will make a huge difference to families struggling with a diagnosis and wanting access to integrative care."
The Bryan Murray Legacy Fund was established to subsidize care at the OICC for those in need. As a patient of the OICC himself, and honourary chair of our campaign Changing How We Live With Cancer, Bryan Murray wished to make integrative care at the OICC available to all, no matter their financial circumstances. It is our goal to help make his wish come true.
"Giving kids dealing with a cancer diagnosis an opportunity to improve their physical, mental and emotional well-being is vitally important," said Chris Phillips, executive director, Senators Community Foundation. "As a team, we want to do what we can to help remove the barriers to care for children and youth and encourage everyone to join the fight against this terrible disease."
By donating to The Bryan Murray Legacy Fund at the OICC Foundation, you are directly helping to change lives for the better.