Tammy Pentney (fourth from left) from the Campbell River Hospital cancer care unit

It’s all about teamwork

Hospital Foundation benefits from dragon boat regatta

Campbell River dragon boaters are showing their big hearts once again.

This year’s Race the River Dragon Boat Regatta organizing committee recently presented the Campbell River Hospital Foundation with a donation totalling more than $2,100.

The funds were raised through a salmon barbecue by Marine Harvest, the Carnation Ceremony portion of this summer’s regatta as well as through event proceeds donated by Glen’s Kettle Korn. The carnations were donated by Quality Foods.

The money will help the Hospital Foundation purchase a Continuous Ambulatory Delivery Device Pump for cancer care at the Campbell River hospital.

The pumps are used in palliative care to deliver pain medications. They slowly release medication at a controlled rate. They also give the patient the opportunity to control their pain medication at the push of a button. The pumps are also instrumental in allowing patients to stay home longer.

Race the River was introduced to Campbell River in 2010 by the BraveHearts and River Spirit Dragon Boat Teams. The event takes place in the estuary at Dick Murphy Park during the Canada Day weekend.

The dragon boaters have been instrumental in a few key acquisitions at Campbell River hospital over the past few months.

Last month River Spirit donated $1,000 towards the purchase of high definition digital mammography monitors for the medical imaging department at the hospital.

The team also created pillows for breast surgery patients at Campbell River hospital and squeeze balls for rehabilitation.