The Windsor Cancer Centre Foundation has recently announced that the 2023 ‘Grow On’ campaign has successfully raised $387,462 with donations still pouring in. This impressive sum of money will go towards the launch of a Stem Cell Transplant Program, along with funding for other crucial programs and services that will ensure local cancer patients can continue to receive top-notch cancer care close to home. A stem cell transplant is a medical procedure that involves replacing damaged or diseased blood-forming cells with healthy stem cells. Currently, patients require a hospital stay of three to four weeks in London, Hamilton, or Toronto for this treatment.
Rebecca Chappus, a Windsor cancer patient currently receiving treatment in Hamilton, shared her firsthand experience of undergoing treatment away from home. Chappus revealed that she has spent over 63 days in treatment out of town, with her husband by her side for the first four weeks. They had to pay out-of-pocket for him to be near her during this time. She expressed her desire to support the campaign in any way possible to ensure that this program, allowing patients to recover at home, is offered in Windsor. The Executive Director of the Windsor Cancer Centre Foundation, Houida Kassem, expressed gratitude for the overwhelming community support received during this year’s campaign. Through Grow On Windsor, the community has raised over $5 million to aid in the purchase of essential tools and equipment for cancer awareness, research, and treatment within the local community.