Heights ladies in a close shave
Last year four ladies from the Lismore Heights Workers Bowls Club shaved their heads to raise money for the campaign to get a PET scanner at the new cancer ward at Lismore Base Hospital. On Monday they handed over a cheque for $7409 to local MPs Thomas George and Don Page.
“Not bad for a little club,” ladies president Irene Harris said.
Marion Lynn, Elaine Fowler, Carmel Cook and Athel Avis shaved it all off to help the community campaign to get this cutting edge technology that is used in the early detection and monitoring of cancer and assessing some neurological and cardiovascular diseases.
Four months later the hair has all grown back but the campaign rolls on.
The community campaign has a target of $100,000 with around $63,000 raised so far.
Marshall Fittler from the Northern Rivers Health Care Group said the total cost of a PET scanner would be around $4.5 million, but raising $100,00 in the community would show politicians and health bureaucrats that the community was committed to seeing it happen.
“When you look at the lives it will save and the expenses patients will save in terms of travel and accommodation and so on, $4.5 million in today’s terms is not that much,” Mr Fittler said. “It’s a proven fact in the USA where you have a city or town with good medical services, that town prospers and benefits as a result... This would be a great building block for Lismore. PET scanners can detect secondary cancers better than MRI and Cat scanners... and we know that the earlier a cancer is detected, the better the chance of treating it and beating it.”