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Generosity brings first-of-its-kind technology to Atlantic Canada

When it comes to supporting our hospitals in a time of need, there is never a shortage of community organizations prepared to step up and answer the call.

That is exactly what happened after the Foundation received a proposal for a piece of technology that was inspired by a humbling story from two clinicians, Dr. Ashley O’Brien and Mari O’Brien.

Paxman scalp cooling technology

The couple had seen first-hand the benefits of the Paxman scalp-cooling system because Mari herself had used one. Paxman helps to reduce or prevent chemotherapy-induced hair loss. Mari was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2020, so the couple set out to acquire a Paxman so that Mari could hopefully keep her hair while undergoing her chemotherapy treatment.

The technology was a success: Mari lost some hair but was able to hide it with a ponytail and comfortably make trips for groceries and to their children’s sporting events.

The story was compelling, and the technology would benefit many. That was enough for both the Saint John Canadian Lebanon Association and the Knights of Columbus Father Eugene O’Leary Council #6595 to step up and support a program here in Saint John.

For the Saint John Canadian Lebanon Association, funding this type of technology had a personal connection.

Left to right: Mike Griffin, SJRHF, Suzanne Buckley, SJCLA, Mona Crowley, SJCLA

Having friends who have been diagnosed with cancer, and seeing them go through the various treatments and stages of the disease, it is wonderful to be able to support the scalp cooling system, which will alleviate at least one of the many side effects.

- Mona Crowley, Treasurer of the Saint John Canadian Lebanon Association

“We hope it will help patients overcome at least one of the many trials they face, making them more comfortable with their appearance and giving them some mental relief to concentrate on some of the other problems they face.”

The Knights of Columbus was also delighted to be able to support cancer patients with this equipment.

Left to right: Andrea Watling, SJRHF, Mike Gallant, Treasurer, Don Roy, Deputy Grand Knight, Fred McBride, Grand Knight, Michael Clays, Recorder, Roger L'Huillier, Council Member & LPN SJRH, Lisa Bryne, Administrative Director, Oncology Program

To have Father Eugene O’Leary Council 6595 Knights of Columbus support a first-of-its-kind piece of technology, supporting innovation in health care in our province brings great pride and satisfaction to our council members.

- Kevin McDonald, Financial Secretary for the Council.

“Many of our Knights have families who will benefit from this technology while at the same time supporting all that require it. We know this machine will bring so much comfort to patients on their journey with this dreaded disease.”

The two organizations will support the first scalp-cooling program being offered east of Toronto. Thanks to their support, chemotherapy patients will benefit from this first for Atlantic Canada.

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