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I'm sure many of you have seen the "Great Shave Off" banners and donation boxes, located at all three sites and are wondering what this is all about. Well, the rumors are (unfortunately) true. Several UHN staff members, myself included, have agreed to buzz our heads in support of Toronto General Hospital's cardiovascular intensive care unit (CVICU) nurses' fundraising campaign called "Get Wiggy With It."
The CVICU nurses have organized this campaign to honour their friend and co-worker who was diagnosed with breast cancer this past January. When the nurses were supporting their colleague getting fitted for a wig at Princess Margaret's Wig Salon, they witnessed the manager of the salon scrambling to organize funding for a patient who needed a wig, but couldn't afford one. From that moment, the CVICU nurses have had a fundraising quest and the "Get Wiggy With It" Campaign was created in support of the PMH's Patient Wig Assistance Fund.
The "Great Shave Off" event will take place on June 22, 2006 as the finale for the whole campaign, but there are several fun events and initiatives being held in the next coming weeks. To learn about the events and ways that you can support the CVICU team, visit their booths during National Nurses Week (May 8-12), which will be set up at all sites and the Nursing Forum on a rotational basis.
The "Get Wiggy With It" campaign exemplifies UHN people's commitment to support each other and to help others. It's initiatives like this that make our family campaign a success and in turn, help us transform patient care.
I encourage you to support the CVICU team in any way that you can, and before I sign-off I must let you know that there is a bit of a catch -- if you want to see me and other brave UHN'ers get buzzed, the CVICU team must meet0 their fundraising target of $40,000. If that target of $40,000 is met, $10,000 will go to the Nursing Innovation Fund.
Visit www.getwiggywithit.net for more details.