Bruce Power announced on October 30th that it is fully committed to supporting the Pediatric Oncology Group of Ontario’s initiatives to provide children with cancer, their families, and survivors of childhood cancer, with access to ongoing treatment, care and financial support.
The announcement, made at the MaRS Centre in Toronto, reinforces a $300,000 commitment made by Bruce Power to POGO on February 15 – International Childhood Cancer Day. Bruce Power, a leader in the production of medical isotopes that are used around the world to improve people’s lives, will provide the funding over the next five years as a key element of the company’s Community Investment and Sponsorship Program.
“Our commitment to the people of Ontario crosses many paths,” said Mike Rencheck, Bruce Power President and CEO. “We provide 30 per cent of the province’s electricity at 30 per cent less than the cost to generate residential power. We inject $4 billion into Ontario’s economy every year, and we contribute $2 million annually to grassroots initiatives, events and organizations that improve the lives of children, adults, Indigenous peoples and military veterans.
“The continuing efforts around our production of medical isotopes are heavily focused on working with the medical community and other partners to find new ways for treating cancer. We share the values of POGO in providing state-of-the-art care to those afflicted with cancer in their childhood years, and doing what it can for families dealing with this life-changing diagnosis.”
One program supported by the Bruce Power funding is POGO’s school and work counselling service for childhood cancer survivors (SAVTI). POGO launched this program in 2002 to address a significant gap in survivor care, helping survivors, aged 16 plus, with neurocognitive challenges receive the necessary support to set and attain realistic educational and employment goals.
POGO provides one-on-one counselling tailored to a student’s medical past and subsequent cognitive profile to help them bridge the gap between high school and whatever comes next for that student. POGO counsellors, specialists in their field, support clients in London, Hamilton, Toronto, Ottawa, Kingston and the surrounding areas. Together with neuropsychologists, they also help young people identify and access the accommodations they need, connect to resources in the community, and receive guidance to empower them to become self-advocates at school and at work. POGO counsellors provided services to over 400 cancer survivors last year.
“Bruce Power’s multi-year commitment provides stable funding that will allow us to plan long-term for initiatives that support childhood cancer survivors, as well as Ontario families with children in cancer treatment,” said Jill Ross, POGO’s CEO. “Our work with community partners like Bruce Power, who share our commitment to helping people deal with cancer, plays an important role in ensuring a high-quality, safe and coordinated system of care that addresses both their physical and emotional well-being.”
“In addition to being the backbone of our province’s energy system, Bruce Power is now also an important partner in Ontario’s health care system, producing life-saving medical isotopes and providing financial and other supports to help fight childhood cancer,” said Bill Walker, MPP, Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound and Associate Minister of Energy. “I commend your commitment and look forward to the great work from your new partnership with the Pediatric Oncology Group of Ontario.”
About the Pediatric Oncology Group of Ontario
In 1983, a group of passionate and visionary pediatric oncologists founded the Pediatric Oncology Group of Ontario (POGO). Today, inspired by the children and families whose lives we strive to improve, we champion childhood cancer care on behalf of the childhood cancer community. POGO is the official source of advice on childhood cancer to the Ministry of Health; a trusted source of information among colleagues, parents, survivors and the public; and the longstanding leader of a collaboration among the five academic pediatric oncology programs and other stakeholders, which has resulted in a highly integrated childhood cancer system. Learn more at www.pogo.ca and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and YouTube
About Bruce Power
Formed in 2001, Bruce Power is an electricity company based in Bruce County, Ontario. We are powered by our people. Our 4,100 employees are the foundation of our accomplishments and are proud of the role they play in safely delivering clean, reliable, low-cost nuclear power to families and businesses across the province. Bruce Power is also a significant source of Cobalt-60, a radioisotope used for the sterilization of medical equipment around the world as well as a specialized form of cancer treatment called the Gamma Knife. Learn more at www.brucepower.com and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and YouTube.