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The need for residence accommodation for cancer patients and their families travelling to Brandon for treatment has been identified as a requirement to aid patients and their families in a time of great emotional, physical and often financial stress. Health care professionals and the community at large have supported the concept of a residence to complement the newly opened Western Manitoba Cancer Centre.
In April of 2011, a Letter of Agreement was signed between the Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation and the Brandon Regional Health Authority that saw the BRHC Foundation, in keeping with their mission statement, commit to raising the capital costs of $2.5 million for the creation of such a residence. Lead gifts to this project and proceeds from fundraising initiatives already exceed $1.4 million, which includes a recent leadership donation of $625,000 from the Murray Auto Group, Clair and Millie Murray and Doug and Laurie Murray. As a result of this generous gift, the Foundation is thrilled to announce that the residence will be named "Murray House". Number TEN Architectural Group has been awarded the contract to design the project and consultations and conceptual design work has already begun. The residence, in turn, will be constructed, maintained and owned by the Brandon Regional Health Authority. The residence will be managed on a cost recovery basis, thereby providing affordable accommodations to patients.
The Foundation’s goal is to raise funds to build a residence that will offer a “sense of home” for regional cancer patients, and their families, who will be receiving treatment at the new Western Manitoba Cancer Centre. The campaign will fund construction of a new, state-of-the-art residence that will offer inviting and affordable accommodations and a comfortable, positive environment for the hundreds of patients who will be travelling to Brandon for cancer treatment.
The location of 521 Frederick Street will offer close and convenient proximity, including easy access for pedestrian traffic, to both the Western Manitoba Cancer Centre and the Brandon Regional Health Centre that will help ease travel time and associated costs.
Some preliminary proposed plans for the residence include:
… and more, with a mission to provide patients and their families a relaxing home-like atmosphere whenever possible.
The Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation is committed to funding the creation of a residence that will provide a sense of home to out-of-city patients during cancer treatment.