Strong start for Light A Bulb
Darren Handschuh - Dec 01 - Get Involved

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The VJH Foundation 30th Annual Light a Bulb Campaign goal is to raise $250,000 to replace the fleet of endoscopes in the Ambulatory Care Unit at VJH. Left to right: Dr. Curtis Mohamed, Dr. Brian Chai, Dr. Hamish Hwang, Lori Baker RN, Dr. Karl Langer.

Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation’s Light a Bulb Campaign is off to a great start, raising $67,990 towards a goal of $250,000.

“We are very thankful to have the generous support of community-minded organizations, businesses and individuals who want the best possible health care for everyone in the North Okanagan,” said Dr. Curtis Mohamed, 2017 Light a Bulb campaign chairperson.

Light a Bulb is raising funds for cancer screening with a goal to replace the fleet of endoscopes in the VJH Ambulatory Care Unit.

Surgeons use these specialized, flexible tubes with tiny, high-definition cameras on the end.

The images from the camera are projected on a screen where the surgeon can see if there are any abnormalities.

Many times, they can address problems right at that moment of discovery and take action to avoid any future issues for the patient – essentially curing cancer before it starts.

“Early detection means more treatment options and better outcomes,” said Mohamed. “Screening helps find polyps that can be removed before they become cancerous.”

Last year, approximately 4,600 colonoscopy procedures were performed at Vernon Jubilee Hospital.

To make a secure donation online please vgo to, or mail your cheque attention VJH Foundation, 2101-32nd Street, Vernon, B.C., V1T 5L2.

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