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$1.5 million donation to build new cancer therapy suite in Kelowna

Marshall and Judi Eliuk made the $1.5 million donation for BC Cancer Kelowna's new therapy suite.
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The BC Cancer Foundation received a $1.5 million donation to build a new therapy suite in Kelowna.

This new suite will increase BC Cancer Kelowna’s capacity to deliver treatment by 40 per cent, according to a press release. 

The donation came from Alberta businessman Marshall Eliuk.

Eliuk is a cancer survivor himself and spends time in the Okanagan. He battled aplastic anemia, a rare blood disorder, in the 1990s.

Treatment for the disorder required a match for a stem cell transplant at the time. He came close to death during his fight against the disease and he recovered.

“My wife Judi and I have many beloved family, friends, past customers and employees who currently enjoy this great Okanagan Valley, like ourselves, or have future plans to move to this beautiful valley,” Eluik said in the release.

“It’s an honour to give back, especially having experienced firsthand the impact donor support has during health challenges. Cancer is far too common, but I hope this new suite brings hope to families facing this terrible disease.”

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Since his fight with aplastic anemia, Eliuk has been donating funds to various healthcare projects in B.C. and Alberta.

“The Marshall Eliuk Systemic Therapy Suite will not only enhance our care capabilities but also bring cutting-edge treatments closer to home for our patients in the Interior,” BC Cancer Kelowna’s Executive Medical Director Dr. Ross Halperin said in the release.

“We’re grateful for this transformational gift that is fuelling our mission at BC Cancer Kelowna to remain at the forefront of world-class cancer care close to home.”

BC Cancer is working to raise $6.1 million for various projects to improve cancer treatment in the interior, including a new treatment centre in Kamloops.

Click here for more information or to donate.

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