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NHL star Shane Doan and wife Andrea named honorary chairs of Kamloops hospital fundraising campaign

Former NHL star Shane Doan and his wife Andrea have been named the honorary chairs of the Royal Inland Hospital’s $35 million Together We Rise fundraising campaign.
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September 28, 2021 - 11:01 AM

Former NHL star Shane Doan and his wife Andrea are sure to make a big addition to the scoreboard for the Royal Inland Hospital’s $35 million fundraising goal.

The couple have been named honorary chairs for the Together We Rise campaign, which is raising money for the new Patient Care Tower and Phase II site renovations, according to a Royal Inland Hospital Foundation media release.

“We are extremely grateful to Andrea and Shane for taking on the Together We Rise tower campaign honorary chair roles. Their involvement and commitment to the success of the public fundraising efforts will go a long way in helping achieve the $35 million dollar goal for both phases of the project,” campaign cabinet chair Jim Reynolds said in the release.

Shane, who’s from Alberta, played three seasons with the Kamloops Blazers before he was drafted to the NHL in 1995, getting selected seventh overall by the Winnipeg Jets.

Back in his younger days, Shane remembers having to rely on the Royal Inland Hospital.

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“During my junior hockey career and on a few occurrences throughout Andrea’s pregnancies, the hospital is something we have both used and it is a huge part of the community,” Shane said in the release. “When it comes to our friends and family, the Royal Inland Hospital has made an immense impact on the lives of many.”

Along with their four children, the Doan family enjoys returning to the Kamloops area to visit friends and family, the foundation said.

Andrea was happy to support the campaign for numerous reasons.

“Hearing about the maternal and child services offering spacious private rooms, the new expanded Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, updated Pediatric Department, and the inpatient and outpatient child and adolescent mental health services speaks to me because it is not until you have a child with an injury, that you really understand and appreciate the care you receive,” she said in the media release. “When staff feel supported and have the equipment and resources they need, it gives everybody such a reassuring and uplifting feeling.”

Organizers are especially grateful that a family from outside of the community would be so generous.

“Having Shane and Andrea as ambassadors, means the Campaign can continue to reach heights we could have only dreamed of. It’s so exciting to feel the love from so far away through the Doan’s connection to Kamloops,” Royal Inland Hospital foundation CEO Heidi Coleman said in the release.

Construction of the Patient Care Tower Phase II is scheduled to begin in 2022.R

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