Treats for a great cause

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October 7, 2014 9:20 AM

Lloydminster and District Co-operative Association, in partnership with the Lloydminster Regional Health Foundation, kicked off the 2014 Cupcakes for the Cause campaign Wednesday, Oct. 1 at the Co-op Marketplace. The Lloydminster Co-op Marketplace bakery staff posed for the Lloydminster Source camera to celebrate their handiwork of making the special cupcakes. From left are Cindy, Naomi, Kelsey, Rachel, Marlene, and Chandrika. - Tom Pierson Photo

Life became a little sweeter for the residents of Lloydminster, and a little brighter for those requiring mammography services at the Lloydminster Hospital. All thanks to some specially made Co-op Cupcakes for the Cause.

Cancer is more than an unfortunate fact of life for too many people. Women in Lloydminster have an advantage others in other communities do not have: an operating mammography screening program.

Wendy Plandowski, CEO of the Lloydminster Region Health Foundation, seems to like the combination of the cupcakes and icing, getting together to help fight cancer, right here in our own community, just the way the LRHF and the Co-op are joining forces for the same cause.

The proceeds from this year’s Cupcakes for the Cause event, hosted by the Lloydminster and District Co-op, will raise awareness and funds for mammography and supportive services in the community. “It’s a wonderful promotion for the Lloydminster Region Health Foundation,” said Plandowski.

The joint effort of the two organizations began Wednesday, Oct. 1 at the Co-op with the official campaign kick-off. Plandowski is happy to say they share this program.

“The local mammography unit sees hundreds of women locally, so they can have quick screening right in their own community. The mammography program is a real enhancement to health care,” said Plandowski.

Without a unit right here in Lloydminster, the alternative is a trip to Saskatoon, Edmonton or elsewhere. For that is reason enough alone to want to support the program with funding here at home in Lloydminster.

“The last statistics that we have showed, it was used 600 times throughout the year,” said Plandowski.

For a community the size of Lloydminster, Plandowski agrees, that is a lot of usage.

“The partnership we have with the Lloydminster and District Co-op is really valuable to the health foundation. Cupcakes for a Cause is just a great event, because it not only promotes the services of the hospital, but also helps support them financially.”

For the Co-op side of things, marketing and communications manager Kristine Alexander said, “This is the seventh annual Cupcakes For the Cause campaign. It’s a partnership we partake in with the LHRF to raise funds and awareness for the mammography program and for the cancer care unit here in Lloydminster Hospital.”

With October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Co-op has designed the cupcakes with pink and white icing, of course, with pink and white being the colours of the Breast Cancer Awareness Month. A portion of each cupcake package sold will be donated directly to the health foundation in support of their mammography program at the hospital.

“Over the past six years, this campaign has been able to raise over $10,000,” said Alexander, “for the mammography program and the cancer care unit, so we are very, very proud of that and very thankful for all the support we’ve seen from our membership and from our customers.”

The money raised last year was put towards specialized training and education by the pharmacists that work on the chemotherapy medication.

“They make sure everything is mixed properly and delivered to the patient in the most efficient and effective way possible,” said Alexander.

The cupcakes will be available at three locations this year and they will be selling the six-packs and the two-pack cupcake options as well at both gas bar locations, in addition to the Co-op Marketplace.

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