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For Immediate Release
Wednesday, March 23, 2016

 

Health Foundation launches
2nd Annual Jeremy Snook Memorial Raffle

 Fort McMurray, Alberta – The Northern Lights Health Foundation is proud to announce the launch of the 2nd Annual Jeremy Snook Memorial Raffle, supported by Legacy Dodge, GTS Powersports and RV, and Marathon Manufacturing. Ticket purchasers will have an opportunity to win the grand prize, a 2016 Dodge 2500 Laramie Megacab Diesel 4x4 with sled deck and 2016 Can-Am 850MAX XT Quad, with a retail value of over $108,600. A second place draw will also take place for $10,000 cash and an early bird draw of $5,000 cash on June 1. The Raffle is held in partnership with Brian and Gail Snook, in memory of their son Jeremy who passed away from cancer at age 19. The Health Foundation will officially launch the Raffle at the Northern Lights Regional Health Centre on Thursday, March 24 at 10 a.m.

Jeremy will always be remembered as an enthusiastic, loving young man. He had many friends and a passion for the outdoors. Diagnosed with terminal brain cancer in late 2013, Jeremy spent his last days surrounded by family and friends, receiving palliative care treatment in the Medicine Unit of the Health Centre.

Following Jeremy’s passing, the community came together to start an in-memorial campaign in support of the Health Foundation. Over 75 people contributed to the campaign, raising over $30,000 to improve health care delivery in Wood Buffalo. Wanting to further their impact on health care in our community, the Snooks are actively raising funds to help expand and renovate palliative care services in the Health Centre. Renovations will include new patient suites with adjoining family rooms, which will provide a home-like atmosphere where patients and their loved ones can be comfortable during end of life care. This project is one of eight projects encompassed in The Gratitude Campaign.

“The Health Foundation is honoured to once again be partnering with Brian and Gail on this initiative. Their passion for making a difference in our community in memory of their son is truly remarkable,” said Susanne Chaffey, Executive Director of the Health Foundation. “Funds raised from this Raffle are critical to providing families like the Snooks with a comfortable, homelike palliative care environment, providing much-needed dignity and respect during the most difficult time in their lives.”

Raffle tickets will be available until Friday, Aug. 26, 2016 (or until sold out) and are $500 each. Only 425 tickets will be sold.

Tickets are available for purchase online or in-person at the Health Foundation Office in the Northern Lights Regional Health Centre.

About the Northern Lights Health Foundation
Established in 1985, the Northern Lights Health Foundation exists to provide funds to support health care priorities within the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo. The Health Foundation is proudly accredited under Imagine Canada’s Standards Program. For more information, visit www.northernlightshealthfoundation.ca.

About The Gratitude Campaign
The $16 million Gratitude Campaign is the most ambitious fundraising campaign in the history of the Northern Lights Health Foundation. The Campaign is comprised of eight projects: Minimally Invasive Surgical Suites, the Multi-purpose Clinic, Palliative Care, Community Clinics, Health Centre Lobby, the Healthy Schools Initiative, Continuing Care and the Early Investments Project. For more information, visit www.gratitudecampaign.ca.

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For more information, please contact:
Amelia Schofield
Stakeholder Relations and Communications Officer
Northern Lights Health Foundation
Tel: 780-788-1324 Cell: 780-788-5247 Email: amelia.schofield@albertahealthservices.ca

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