Thank you to everyone who supported this year’s Denis Muloin Ride for Palliative Care on Sunday, May 26th. What a beautiful day it was for a pleasant ride on a quiet route. 55 riders remembered Denis, a cycling enthusiast who died in 2014 after a long battle with cancer. His last months were spent at the SPH Palliative Care Unit (PCU). Dr Leah Norgrove and Nurse Maggi Moreton knew and cared for Denis. They shared why the funds raised at this annual event mean so much:

This flagship unit at SPH is not just a regular hospital unit. Many enhancements make it a special place; the feeling of caring and home is embedded in every aspect. When you walk into the PCU there is calm and a sense of caring, understanding and support. Thanks to the Unit, families can stay with their loved ones within the community. People experience supportive and intensive care for the patient and their family at the end of their life. What the patient wants and needs is a priority on the unit, as are the family’s needs.

The community’s support has made this possible. The PCU has private rooms, private bathrooms, sleeping chairs for family members, and music therapy; all geared to making someone’s last days as comfortable as possible. Donations have also allowed the Foundation to purchase much-needed specialized equipment like the CADD pumps, which allow for continuous infusion of medicine for symptom management.

Thank you to the riders, everyone who helped organise, and those who sponsored a rider. We raised approximately $6,500 for the SPH Palliative Care Unit.

If you would like to make a contribution to the Palliative Care Unit please go to our donation page, call 250-652-7531 or visit us at either of our Foundation offices.

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