Mammography fundraiser reaches goal

The Bluewater Health Foundation's Dream Home Lottery house. September 13, 2018. (Photo by Colin Gowdy, BlackburnNews)

It’s the quickest sellout ever for the Bluewater Health Dream Home Lottery.

Foundation Executive Director Kathy Alexander said they sold the last of the 8,500 tickets during Sunday’s open house at the Lucas Avenue home.

“I believe when we opened the doors on Saturday we had 212 tickets up for grabs,” said Alexander. “When we closed the doors on Saturday we had 19 tickets left so when we opened the doors on Sunday, there was a lineup of people waiting to purchase the last remaining tickets.”

Money raised from this year’s lottery goes toward the purchase of two new state-of-the-art mammography machines for Bluewater Health.

Alexander said community support has been tremendous.

“There was a really neat response to this Dream Home right from the get-go,” said Alexander. “First time builder, incredible cause, community support, volunteers coming out in droves to host the open house with us, and again not only to sell the tickets but to bring awareness to such an important cause in our community.”

Alexander said the lottery and a significant donation from Patricia Carter helped push them over the $1.1 million fundraising goal.

Carter was inspired by both her previous experience as a nurse at Sarnia General Hospital and her own daughter, a breast cancer survivor, to contribute to the cause.

“Donating to this very worthwhile fund is my way of giving back to the community,” said Carter. “Updated mammography equipment is a major step towards early detection of breast cancer. I am happy to be a part of this effort.”

One of the new machines will have the technology to produce a 3D image of the breast and can be used as a follow-up to a standard mammogram. Bluewater health currently provides over 12,000 mammograms a year.

Alexander said the new machines are now being ordered and it’s hoped they’ll be in place this spring.

The grand prize draw for the dream home is March 1 at Bluewater Health.