UPDATE: As expected, hospital campaign reaches goal

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Campaign Co-Chairs Roy Perkins & Angela Bellefeuille, in front, along with CH Foundation Board Chair Allan Wilson and Honorary Chair Jim Brownell and look through Cornwall's first MRI machine.

The Cornwall Community Hospital Foundation has reached its fundraising goal.

Officials announced that after 10 months of work by 20 volunteers and hundreds of donors, the To Your Health! Campaign reached its $3.5-million goal to purchase an MRI scanner and digital urology table for Cornwall Community Hospital.

As of today, $3,524,000 have been raised.

“This week is a proud moment for our donors and everyone involved in the campaign, said Roy Perkins, co-chair of the campaign. "I never doubted that we’d reach our $3.5-million objective and we couldn’t have done it without the commitment of a lot of people.

"We thank all the volunteers and the donors who stepped up to the plate and generously supported this campaign. It’s amazing what people can do when they band together.”

"This was my first involvement in a fundraising campaign of this magnitude," said co-chair Angela Bellefeuille. "It was interesting to see how approaching an individual, a group or a business could snowball into donations coming from several unexpected directions."

Campaign honorary chair Jim Brownell said he knew that the communities would rise to the occasion.

“It was clear to me and to everyone I spoke with that the MRI and the digital urology table were needed in our region," he said. "Because this equipment will benefit so many people in Cornwall, S.D. & G. and Akwesasne, boundaries and borders didn’t matter for donors and volunteers. The entire region came together for this one cause and made it happen.”

Organizations: Cornwall Community Hospital, Roy Perkins, Angela Bellefeuille Cornwall Hospital Foundation

Geographic location: Cornwall, Ottawa, Kingston

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