The Foundation Reaches rTMS Fundraising Goal

In March, we set a big hairy audacious goal for our annual Mental Health Breakfast: $400,000 to purchase 4 new rTMS machines in Edmonton to treat individuals with severe depression. 

Our generous supporters helped us raise an amazing $275,000 towards our goal, combined with further support throughout the year, and we are on our way to having the equipment implemented.

Still, we never lost sight of our ambitious target.

We are excited to announce that last week the board members of the Edmonton Civic Employees Charitable Assistance Fund (ECECAF) decided to gift the funds remaining for us to reach our goal.

ECECAF is administered by a collective of local unions that uses a portion of employee contributions to make an impact in the lives of Edmontonians. Says board chair Brenda Waluk:

We were touched when we heard the difference this equipment would make for individuals with treatment-resistant depression like Tim Hay, who courageously shared his personal story with us. Our organization genuinely wants to make a difference in people’s lives and to support mental health initiatives wherever we can. We’re excited to be part of this meaningful initiative.

We would like to express our sincere gratitude for the board’s decision to support brain stimulation in Edmonton. We echo Tim Hay when he says: “Far too many people struggle with depression. And the illness crosses all demographics: male, female, rich, poor, young, old, married, unmarried, full-time, part-time, unemployed, retired, home-makers… you name it. Literally thousands of patients will now be able to get the treatment they need and deserve thanks to your funding. The ECECAF donation is the best holiday gift I can imagine.”

The new rTMS program is scheduled to be implemented in late 2018.