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Highland Fling to purchase cryotome for regional hospital

Vicki Daley from the Cumberland Health Care Auxiliary’s Highland Fling committee looks on as Dr. Brian Ferguson gives a physical to a teddy bear. Dr. Ferguson and his wife, Dr. Celina White, will be giving physicals to teddy bears at the Highland Fling.
Vicki Daley from the Cumberland Health Care Auxiliary’s Highland Fling committee looks on as Dr. Brian Ferguson gives a physical to a teddy bear. Dr. Ferguson and his wife, Dr. Celina White, will be giving physicals to teddy bears at the Highland Fling.

AMHERST, N.S. – An important piece of surgical equipment at the Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre is going to be replaced with funds from this year’s Highland Fling.

The Cumberland Health Care Auxiliary’s 35th annual fundraiser is set for May 13 at the Amherst Curling Club.
A cryotome is used in multiple types of surgery including thyroid, parathyroid, skin cancer and general surgery.
“It cuts surgical frozen specimens while the patient is on the operating table,” Highland Fling organizing committee members Vicki Daley said. “It provides valuable information to the surgeon so he or she has the correct pathology, confirm that all the cancer has been removed and complete the surgery with a clear treatment plan.”
Daley said Dr. Tim Wallace, an ENT at the regional hospital, told her a cryotome is a valuable diagnostic tool. The hospital has patients coming from across the Maritimes to have surgery that requires frozen specimens.
The hospital’s existing cryotome is nearing the end of its lifespan.
To celebrate this year’s 35th anniversary, Fling supporters are hoping to raise at least $35,000. Admission to the curling club will be 35 cents while the button draw will include 35 prizes.
To mark Canada’s 150th birthday, Daley said, organizers are encouraging volunteers to dress in red and white. There’ll be red carnations for Mother’s Day and the First Baptist Youth Group’s photo booth will have a Canada 150 theme. People will be able to get their photo taken with an RCMP officer dressed in the Red Serge.
There are several events leading up to the Fling. On April 22, Canadian Tire hosted its fundraiser for the Highland Fling while on Saturday, May 6, Breakfast at Brittney’s will support the fundraiser by contributing $2 from every meal valued at $8 or more.
Singing for the Fling, featuring special guest Matt Balsor, will take place on Wednesday, May 10 from 7 to 10 p.m. at Trinity-St. Stephen’s United Church. There will be door prizes and a live auction as well as 50/50.
Tickets sold out early last year. To get tickets for this year’s Singing for the Fling, call 902-667-4171.
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