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Friday June 24th, 2016

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Local philanthropist Al Quesnel has stepped up to provide the funds required for the emergency repairs needed on Windsor’s only PET/CT scanner.

His donation of $100,000 is the estimated amount required to pay for the costly repairs and to get the scanner back up and running so cancer patients can receive the lifesaving treatment and care they deserve in a timely fashion.

Last week, the PET/CT machine experienced a catastrophic failure forcing the suspension of services.

“I was greatly distressed to hear the news that our community’s only PET/CT scanner was forced to suspend services after the Ministry of Health turned down a funding proposal from Precision Diagnostic Imaging to refurbish the machine and provide the clinic with a service contract and an equitable level of funding to operate the machine,” says Quesnel.

“Patients with cancer have a tough enough time as it is without being subjected to the additional stress of longer waits for critical diagnostic scans and treatment plans. Many are too sick to make the long journey to other centres to get their scans done. It’s just unconscionable that the government would play games with people’s health care. Windsor Essex deserves the same level of funding as patients get in Sudbury. Why the Ontario government is willing to fund the north at an appropriate level and not the south is beyond me,” adds Quesnel.

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