The Dragon Flies Breast Cancer Survivor Group in Lindsay has donated $10,000 to the Ross Memorial Hospital Foundation.
Better known as The Dragon Flies, the registered charity was formed in 2002 and uses the sport of dragon boating as their major activity to encourage and maintain a healthy lifestyle during and following the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer.
Since 2004, The Dragon Flies has raised a total of $390,328.72 for the Ross Memorial Hospital Foundation.
“The Dragon Flies’ commitment to advancing local patients’ diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer has helped the Ross Memorial Hospital to acquire the best diagnostic technology, giving local patients their best chance to beat breast cancer,” says foundation CEO Erin Coons.
“Thanks to their efforts, Ross Memorial is an accredited breast assessment centre with a high risk breast screening program affiliated with Cancer Care Ontario.”
Funds raised over the years by The Dragon Flies have helped the hospital acquire diagnostic technology including digital mammography, a sentinel node machine, a mammoviewer, breast imaging software and a biopsy console for the MRI, and an ultrasound machine.
Thanks to donor support, the Lindsay hospital’s breast health services now include tomosynthesis — 3D imaging that helps to pinpoint the exact size and location of breast lesions — and stereotactic biopsies.
Ross Memorial Hospital is also the first in Ontario to use the SmartCurve Breast Stabilization System, which features curved paddles and processing algorithms to ensure a more comfortable experience for patients.
For more information about The Dragon Flies, and to make a donation, visit www.thedragonflies.org.