Tracy's Dream has been providing community service for well over 5 years. I will tell you from our records that there has been no decrease in the need for this service. To date Tracy's Dream has been able to provide financial support for parking costs at Sault Area Hospital on 2885 occasions. We know through our data that the average amount of visits to the SAH Cancer Clinic are 7.9 in 30 days. In dollars that is $47.32 per occasion.
To date Tracy's Dream has provided over 14,000 parking tokens and well over 700 monthly parking passes to cancer patients at a cost of over $136,000.00. Tracy's Dream with the ongoing community support continues to provide this service on a daily basis.
Although our fundraising events and other events planned by community minded people and groups to help support Tracy's Dream have been hampered by the Covid epidemic many have found ways to provide support for us. We are very grateful for all those selfless efforts from our community.
We will not be publishing a 2021 Tracy's Dream Fundraising Calendar this year. We are however planning to continue the monthly draws through out 2021. We will announce how people can receive a designated number that will be good for all 12 monthly draws. We are building 12 basket of non toxic items that would be beneficial for general health and geared toward items beneficial to a cancer patients needs. We have already received some local support and a donation from a national company called That Stuff for Pain.
We do understand that Covid has been a strain on many business and people but if anyone is in a position to offer 12 items to help fill our baskets it would be greatly appreciated.
As in many things in life there are periods of time where complacency can obscure ones passion and empathy towards one goals. I have always maintained that that taking a step back and looking in from the outside can melt away that complacency and highlight for oneself the value and importance of ones actions. A reminder occurred last week when a patient came to pick up their tokens. While expressing their gratitude for the service, our calm general conversation changed to a voice of anguish and a face flushed with tears. Moments like these amplify the patients usually reserved emotional state and the seriousness of anxiety that a cancer diagnosis causes.
All of us that represent Tracy Dinelle's Dream are proud to be a vessel and a partner within our local community. Relieving some of the financial stress through paid parking and just being here lets patients know that they are not battling alone.
I like to think back to the months this spring where the gates were lifted at Sault Area Hospital and parking was free. Our phones stopped ringing, emails lessened. I sometime fantasize that a cure was found or that free parking at medical facility's had became a reality. Unfortunately it is not long until I snap back to the actuality of our current situation.
Our future hope is that Sault Area Hospital will once again consider partnering with Tracy's Dream and revisit the proposal of creating a designated close proximity parking area for patients attending appointments at the Algoma District Cancer Centre.
The passion for this good work we do remains strong, and we will continue our efforts while we pray and hope for an end to this disease.