Kinsmen donates $245,000 to LRHF


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October 9, 2014 11:00 AM

Jason Bacon, president, and Leanne Wildeman, chair of the Lloydminster Kinsmen Foundation, presenting Wendy Plandowski (middle), CEO of the Lloydminster Region Health Foundation, with a donation toward the purchase of a C-Arm. - Jon Clarke Photo

The Kinsmen Foundation has done it again.

The non-profit, volunteer-driven organization known for its yearly Telemiracle fundraiser, just gifted the Lloydminster Region Health Foun- dation (LRHF) $245,000 toward the purchase of a new, low-dose X-ray machine called a C-Arm.

Smaller than traditional X-ray machines, the C-Arm is used for mainly orthopedic purposes. It’s small size also means that it’s manoeuvrable and can fit into the operating room during surgery, if need be.

“It’s absolutely critical. You cannot have an orthopedic program without the C-Arm,” said Wendy Plandowski, CEO of the LRHF.

This gift from the Kinsmen Foundation helped the LRHF reach their goal of committing $500,000 toward the orthopedic program. Previous to this donation, individuals in need of a C-Arm would have to leave Lloydminster for one of the bigger city centres like Edmonton or Saskatoon.

But not anymore.

“We are thrilled to have the Kinsmen Foundation and the Kinsmen groups involved in this purchase,” said Plandowski. “Most people for many years had to travel outside of the community and what we do also know is that people will postpone, sometimes, treatments. People will not do as well when they’re away from home. There’s so many other issues and factors at play when they have to leave their community. And by being able to have the orthopedic program right here, it’s fantastic.”

“It’s a real heartwarming feeling to be able to present a gift like this on behalf of the Kinsmen Foundation to our very own community of Lloyd- minster,” said Leanne Wildeman, Kinsmen Foundation chair.

Many times in the past, the Kinsmen Foundation has donated funds raised to individuals and families, but this is a little different.

Wildeman said that it’s such a nice feeling to give to those people, but she also knows that the money donated in this case will have a wide reach.

“It’s also really cool to know that this money is going to help thousands of individuals over the course of 10- to 15-plus years,” she said.

“Without the help of the Kinsmen group, we absolutely could not have done it,” said Plandowski. “So we are ecstatic.”

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