OAKVILLE: In response to overwhelming demand for programs, Wellspring Cancer Support Foundation has completed a multi-million dollar expansion of its Halton-Peel Facility. The grand opening is taking place on Thursday, December 18th from 6:00-8:00pm.
The expansion was made possible by a remarkably generous lead gift from Betty Birmingham and her late husband Bruce as well as the exceptional support of Mattamy Homes, notably Founder and CEO Peter Gilgan. Mattamy built the original Wellspring Halton-Peel centre more than ten years ago and has now donated the entire cost of the expansion construction. The centre has been renamed Wellspring Birmingham Gilgan Centre in their honour.
“We are so proud to be involved with Wellspring and help them in their mission of meeting the needs of individuals and families living with cancer,” said Gilgan. “Providing a home for their tremendously valuable work was a natural fit for us, and we truly believe that it was important for us to support it. The new facility is going to enable Wellspring to bring its programs to so many more people who need them.”
The newly expanded centre will allow Wellspring to increase its offerings of more than 45 programs for cancer patients and their families, many of which were not previously available in the area. The addition of a state-of-the-art teaching kitchen will host Wellspring’s Nourish program which provides hands on cooking classes teaching cancer patients and their caregivers strategies for healthy eating during and after treatment.
Wellspring Birmingham Gilgan House will also offer the innovative Money Matters program which helps people cope with the financial burdens of living with cancer. Money Matters provides professional financial management and helps with applications to assistance programs, including access to treatment options not covered by OHIP.
Wellspring clients are thrilled with the new centre, recognizing the importance of making Wellspring programs more accessible. Dr. Alexandra Ginty, family physician and breast cancer survivor explains:
“Birmingham Gilgan House is a place of positive energy and authenticity – it will allow even more patients and their families to access Wellspring programs. It is a prescription that is often overlooked but one I consider fundamental.”