Thursday, October 8, 2009

Quick Update....Media Media Media

Yesterday was the ribbon cutting ceremony at the Cancer Center for the NEW Learning Resource Center and new website ( ).

Here is a link to the A Channel News story ( Click Here )

Here is a link to the CBC News Story ( Click Here ) - the story starts at 43:39 seconds - you can move the cursor to that point and play from there.

Here is the Picture and Article from the Windsor Star:

Cancer survivor Jeff Casey sold his Radioactive Man T-shirts to raise about $9,000 to help start a Learning Resource Centre at the the Windsor Regional Cancer Centre.
Photograph by: Sharon Hill, The Windsor Star

"WINDSOR, Ont. - A day after his daughter Isabella was born, Jeff Casey was diagnosed with follicular non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

The 34-year-old wanted as much information as he could find on his form of cancer. What’s a MUGA scan? How does it work? What’s going to happen to him?

“You only get so much time with your oncologist. Even though she spent two hours with me there, I still had 100,000 questions in my head,” an emotional Casey told a small crowd at Windsor Regional Cancer Centre Wednesday.

The centre officially opened its Learning Resource Centres Wednesday, two libraries within the cancer centre where patients can search for information by computer, borrow a book or take home pamphlets with more information.

When Casey heard the Do Good Divas and the centre were working on more resources for cancer patients, he sold T-shirts to raise about $9,000.

The idea for the resource centres started with the Do Good Divas who got pagers for patients so they could move about the cancer centre and still make their appointments. Their idea for an education kiosk grew into a library. The Do Good Divas donated more than $30,000.

The Windsor Regional Cancer Foundation funded a $14,000 video that gives patients a tour of the centre before they even step in the doors. About 2,000 new patients come to the cancer centre a year. New patients will get a letter telling them about a website at that will have the virtual tour or they can request a DVD copy.

Carol Smith, a breast cancer survivor and Canadian Cancer Society volunteer, said knowing what to expect is calming for new patients. Smith said not all the information on the internet is reliable and even though patients get information at the beginning of their treatment, they may forget, have more questions or not be able to absorb all the details.

“Everyone’s overwhelmed,” she said. “You have a lot of questions and sometimes you’re so overwhelmed you don’t read it all.”

The cancer centre found patients wanted improved information and emotional support. Forty-three per cent of patients did not know about available support groups, the centre found.
Casey, an ergonomist, said it comforted him to know more. He was diagnosed Sept. 25, 2008, after finding a lump in his throat. He had his tonsils removed, went through chemotherapy and his cancer is now in remission.

The T-shirts he sold say Super (Radioactive Man) Casey in reference to his power to unwittingly shut down the tunnel border crossing.

During his treatment, he had been injected with radioactive dye. He didn’t realize it made him radioactive until he went to cross the border. One after another, all the tunnel gates went down. He said tunnel traffic was held up more than 40 minutes.

A cousin had the shirts made up and friends and family wore them on his treatment days to show support.

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