Josh McLafferty (L) and Cyril Marcil (R) – Revelstoke Masonic Holding Society,
Cheryl Fry (C) – Revelstoke Hospital Auxiliary
The 2018 Radiothon was the most successful ever with $30,934 raised. This total was bolstered with a $16,000 donation from the Revelstoke Masonic Holding Society and $5,000 from the Hospital Auxiliary. The selected purchase for the hospital this year was a fully equipped dental cart to allow dentists and oral maxillofacial surgeons to perform surgery on patients requiring general anaesthesia. The new equipment will allow patients to be treated locally and not have to travel out of town. Total price for the dental cart and surgical instruments was over $45,000.
I now have a full set of new teeth in my mouth says Bruce Fry, after a series of life threatening health issues that I have experienced over the last 30 years. I was not sure how my wife and I were ever going to be able to afford to do this.
Because of the way my neck is, I was told by my doctor that I could not have my existing teeth removed by a Dentist in a dental chair, that I would have to have it done in the hospital under anesthetic in case of complications. I explained this to the dentist and was told then that the only places I could have this done was in Vernon or Kelowna hospital and I would be put onto a possible 2-3 yr waiting list, that was in the fall of 2017.
My wife Cheryl who is the President at the Revelstoke Hospital Auxiliary kicked into high gear when she heard that E-Z Rock Radio-thon and Hospital Foundation along with many others in the community were raising money for the instruments to bring back the dental program at the Queen Victoria Hospital that they had years ago. We were so very excited, an appointment was made to talk about what had to be done to prepare for what I needed for my neck and things started to move closer for the procedure.
In November of 2018 I was Dr Van Beizen’s first patient in the new dental program here in Revelstoke and thanks to this program I was able to recover at home and save approx $5000 in costs that would have incurred going to another facility.
I am forever grateful for the funding from the community and other Organizations for this great program that will benefit many here in Revelstoke.
– Bruce and Cheryl Fry.