It may have been raining Saturday morning and afternoon but that didn’t put a damper on this year’s Bluey Day in support of the Fort St. John Hospital Foundation. 46 people took part in this year’s event and $92,000 was raised in support of cancer patients in the community.
Executive director of the hospital foundation Ashley Bentley said the people that help put on the event are overwhelmed by the support each year, and it’s a big benefit having the money raised stay within the community to aid in cancer treatment.
“It amazes us that it’s a success every year,” she said. “I think it’s the significance of what the event is about. It’s about support the people in our community that have cancer. In the past couple of years money that has come from Bluey Day purchased a software upgrade for a CT scanner which substantially reduced the amount of radiation that a patient will receive going through a scanner. That’s what Bluey Day is all about. It’s getting that equipment here in our community.”
Of the participants, ten were under the age of 16. This year’s event marked the 16th time Bluey Day has been held. Since its inception in 1999 over $1.4 million has been raised locally.