Annual bake sale brings in cash for Camrose Community Cancer Center

Augustana Vikings Women's Volleyball team gives back to the community
Back row left to right:  Rae Metrunec, Karen Wagner, Rebecca Petrie, Rachel Edwards, Shae Boyes, Lauren Vandyke, Melissa Berg
Middle row: Dr. Rhodelle Taylor, Addi Wolosuk, Becca Olenick, Danielle Brockman, Justine Collin, Sarah Dedrick, Sydney Leslie, 
Front row: Vieane Lapierre, Bailey Roska, Hannah Kuhn
Missing: Riley Marler, Emily Peterson, and DJ Molle, Kendra Ferguson
Augustana Vikings Women's Volleyball team gives back to the community Back row left to right: Rae Metrunec, Karen Wagner, Rebecca Petrie, Rachel Edwards, Shae Boyes, Lauren Vandyke, Melissa Berg Middle row: Dr. Rhodelle Taylor, Addi Wolosuk, Becca Olenick, Danielle Brockman, Justine Collin, Sarah Dedrick, Sydney Leslie, Front row: Vieane Lapierre, Bailey Roska, Hannah Kuhn Missing: Riley Marler, Emily Peterson, and DJ Molle, Kendra Ferguson

For the ninth year in a row, the University of Alberta-Augustana Vikings Women's Volleyball team hosted a bake sale, with all proceeds going to the Camrose Community Cancer Centre. This year, the sale brought in over $300.

The women's volleyball team has been hosting their annual Breast Cancer Awareness Bake Sale for 9 consecutive years. The Bake Sale was started by Jill Metrunec ('16) in her rookie season of 2011-2012. Since then, the Women's Volleyball team has faithfully set up shop in the forum selling everything from cookies to cakes to home grown carrots.

"The bake sale is important to the team because it is a great opportunity for us to raise awareness, money, and engagement on campus for this cause" states Women's Volleyball Captain, Karen Wagner. "We've had fun planning and executing the bake sale each year and always look forward to supplying the school with goodies". 

Partnering with the Camrose Community Cancer Center seemed like a natural fit for the team. With their desire to give back to their local community, no other place would do.  By donating to the Camrose Community Cancer Center, they are directly impacting neighbours and fans.  "We are hoping to support Breast Cancer for years to come and make it to the 10-year anniversary in 2020! It is so rewarding having the money sent to a local cause." says Wagner.

Kendra Ferguson, Volunteer & Foundation Coordinator, was excited to see the team come out and learn about the Chemo Clinic and the improvements that similar donations have made to the program. So far, four heated massage chairs, heated blankets, and a dedicated coffee station for patients and their families have been fully sponsored by donations. St. Mary's is looking to purchase books, magazines, and a Bluetooth speaker for the Chemo Clinic to continue to provide comfort and care for their patients. 

Opening in 1996, St. Mary's is able to provide chemo treatment to patients in Camrose and the surrounding area two times faster than in urban centers. With three beds and four chairs to use in the clinic, an average of 8-10 patients are seen by two registered nurses. Also onsite and on-call is one dedicated chemotherapy physician who is available for consultation.  The Camrose Community Cancer Center's Chemo Clinic is very special as it allows patients to bring a family member into the treatment room with them. Not only that, but the Cancer Care Navigators perform calls to patients regarding their next treatment dates, medication management, and follow-up appointments with their family physician.

For more information about the Chemo Clinic and how you can help through donating your time or resources, contact Kendra Ferguson at 780-679-6145, or kendra.ferguson@convenanthealth.ca