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Bluey Day postponed, fundraising still encouraged

The Fort St. John Hospital Foundation says it is postponing this year's Bluey Day fundraiser set for May 23, but is still encouraging folks to take part in fundraising for local cancer supports and services.
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Pat Cole raised $2,440 for Bluey Day 2018.

The Fort St. John Hospital Foundation says it is postponing this year's Bluey Day fundraiser set for May 23, but is still encouraging folks to take part in fundraising for local cancer supports and services.

The Foundation said Tuesday that it's working to reschedule to a later date this year.

“Now more than ever, we have come to appreciate the importance of local healthcare, and we encourage people to still register as they will help make a big difference," executive director Niki Hedges said.

"We know that fundraising efforts will be different this year, but we hope this does not deter people from being part of this special event."

 More than 700 supporters have shaved their heads and raised more than $1.8 million since the fundraiser began in Fort St. John in 1999.

The 2019 event raised more than $80,000 in support of the Foundation's campaign to buy a Histo Tissue Processor for the hospital laboratory, which preserves biopsy and tissue specimen quality for a more accurate diagnosis.

Participants who have registered this year, as well as those who wish to register, can still do so, the Foundation said. An online site has been set up for registration, where participants can set up their own fundraising page to share with their friends, family, and supporters.

The Foundation's office is closed, but staff can still be reached by phone 250-793-0998, or email fsjhf@northernhealth.ca.

Email Managing Editor Matt Preprost at editor@ahnfsj.ca.