Truffle Project Raises $ 9,473.50 for Patient Emergency Fund

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We invited you to be part of this unique fund raising event, “The Truffle Project”, where all monies go to the Cancer Patient Emergency Needs Fund.

Well did you come through – as participants, sellers, buyers and through your donations.

The Truffle Project started two years ago, raising $ 2,000. Last year this doubled to $ 5,000. This year we reached out to the community to help us reach a goal of $ 8,000. Well that was accomplished and then some, with the final tally being $ 9,473.50 !!

Out of town support came from sea to sea - Agassiz BC, Winnipeg, London, Smiths Falls, Charlottetown, to name a few.

Everyone involved should feel proud of working diligently making this happen. We know that a cancer diagnosis puts added stress and a burden on the finances of families, especially at this time of year. For some it can become a choice between food and rent.

We had loads of help. This started with my friend, Margo Ledoux, making a ton of truffles. Thank you, Margo. I thought we were all good with our flurry of truffle making in October but as we approached the last two weeks of sales it became obvious that we needed more!

A very special thank you goes out to my wife, Judith Robertson. Thank you dear, for understanding the kitchen and dining room chaos!! Twelve weeks is a long time.

We more than doubled the number of bake sales this year from ten to 22!

And thanks goes out to all those volunteers who invested their time – to Margo L, Sara L, Judith R, Gerry G (who helped scheduling), Karl L (a Carleton University student), Fred N, Doug H, Bill D, Doug C, Bert B, Mike S & Ron M (who made a record of single bake sale sales), Linda C, Solange H and Jenny W.

A very special thank you to our support group, PCCN Ottawa, for donating all the ingredients and packaging. This made it possible to donate 100% of all truffle sales to the Patient Emergency Needs Fund. This fund is administered by the Social Workers of the Psychosocial Oncology Program at the Ottawa Hospital Cancer Centre.

Also a special thank you goes to Dorice Thibealt and her team at the Ottawa Hospital Foundation for the posters, handouts and bake sale arrangements.

And finally to my friends at the gym, Stephanie Woodward – our banker, Evyanne Wooding – and Pierre Kharyati, who took orders.

In three short years we went from a four person to a 22 person team. This was a true team effort from people who believe in supporting of the Cancer Patient Emergency Fund.

I suspect next year 2012, we will grow, engaging more wonderful people.

Your efforts and truffle purchases will let cancer patients know that they are not alone. There are people who do care. People like you!

You have made a difference in the daily lives of those living with cancer.

Thank you !!

John "the Truffle Guy" Arnold