Former Vancouver Canucks goalie is still making saves, but this time it’s to help New Westminster save lives.
Royal Columbian Hospital not only reached its fundraising goal but exceeded it by receiving more than $660,000 on Oct. 8, which was its donation day.
The day included a visit from former Canuck goalie Kirk McLean who personally dropped off a gift of over $10,000.
Another donator was Kelley Backman, who said his father, Ben Backman, received great care at Royal Columbian. He committed $11,500 towards an equipment purchase on the hospital’s long wish list.
"Our dad and founder of Kingston Construction ... was impressed with the care he received at RCH, and was happy to give back," Backman said in a media release. "Since he passed in 2009, our family business continues to support RCH in dad's memory."
The donations will go towards the determined needs of the hospital, which serves about 1.7 million people in the region.
"Royal Columbian Hospital Foundation is extremely grateful to all its donors," said Adrienne Bakker, president and CEO of Royal Columbian, in the release. "Between phone calls, online gifts, walk-in donations, corporate and community organization gifts, we exceeded expectations."
Bakker also said the funding will help the medical teams continue to provide "outstanding and compassionate" health care.
For further information or to donate, visit rchcares.com or call 604-520-4438.
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