Several local Shoppers Drug Mart stores have directed the $6,273 raised through their ‘Grow Women’s Health’ campaign (formerly Tree of Life) to the Colposcopy Clinic at Langley Memorial Hospital.
Photo (left to right): Ayaz Karmali (Shoppers Drug Mart Aldergrove Village), Hatem Ibrahim (Shoppers Drug Mart Willoughby), Geoff Beamiss (Shoppers Drug Mart Murrayville) and Helen Hughes (Donor Relations, Langley Memorial Hospital Foundation).
"Gifts like this ensure we have funds to provide to highest level of care to all our patients and be able to purchase necessary equipment for diagnostic testing and early cancer screenings," says Dr. Elaine Mah, Clinical Associate of the BC Cancer Clinic for the Colposcopy Clinic at Langley Memorial Hospital. "This donation will go to good use in providing exceptional care to women in our community."
This clinic, which has been in place since 1985, currently sees approximately 600 patients from communities throughout the Fraser Valley and this number has been steadily increasing.
Colposcopy is typically done when the result of a pap test is abnormal. If an area of abnormal tissue is found during the colposcopy procedure, a cervical biopsy or a biopsy is done. In some cases, untreated cervical cell changes that cause abnormal pap tests may progress to precancerous or cancerous changes.
“We are thrilled to have such a great opportunity to invest in our local community and help the women's Colposcopy Clinic help more women fight and diagnose cervical cancer,” says Hatem Ibrahim of Shoppers Drug Mart Willoughby. “By donating to Langley Memorial Hospital Foundation, we feel that our customer’s generous donation goes to the right place,”
“To achieve our goal of improving women’s health in Langley, it takes the commitment of our whole community and we thank Shoppers Drug Mart, their employees and customers for coming together and supporting us through the 2016 Grow Women’s Health campaign,” says Vivian Smith, Executive Director of Langley Memorial Hospital Foundation.