In support of the Head and Neck Cancer Patient and Family Comfort & Care Fund at the QEII Health Sciences Centre participants grew beards and encouraged family, friends and local businesses to sponsor them with donations. And the men at the DFSIN Nova Scotia financial centre in Halifax really let their beards grow in January!
“Little is spoken about head and neck cancer in the media even though it is the seventh most common cancer worldwide according to the Manuary website,” says Robert Caissie, managing director. “Although historically linked to tobacco and alcohol use, there are new-found associations with the human papillomavirus (HPV).”
Rob and the team of financial security advisors of Steven Cox, Andrew Hutchison, Daniel Lomas and Mark Ross together raised over $7,500 in donations for the cause. In all, over $50,000 was donated to the hospital’s Patient and Family Comfort & Care Fund from donations across Halifax.
“Working in the insurance business, I fully understand the sobering statistics of head and neck cancer occurrence in men,” says Rob. “A few years ago, actor Michael Douglas raised awareness of this cancer when he was treated, and fortunately he had good health care and financial resources to fully recover.” Rob and his team are proud to play their role in ensuring that their clients have sufficient critical illness insurance in place to offset any loss in employee income while recuperating.
“This is just one of the many ways in which our financial centres support their communities with their leadership, charitable contributions and services regarding health-related issues,” says Shawn Smith, Vice President of Distribution, Desjardins Insurance1. “We are very proud of Robert and his team.”
Ending this year’s Manuary, Rob spoke passionately about the good work performed by those at QEII Health Sciences Centre, at the closing dinner on Friday, January 30. In early preparation for next year, financial security advisor Dan Lomas proudly had his beard shaved publicly that evening.
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1Desjardins Insurance refers to Desjardins Financial Security Life Assurance Company, a provider of life and health insurance and retirement savings products.