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Husky Energy’s directors have proven once again they’re good corporate citizens.

On July 23, Husky donated $1 million to be used to expand “critically important cancer prevention programs” aimed at lowering cancer incidence rates in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Recent statistics say that we have the highest incidence of cancer in Canada (454 cases per 100,000), according to the Canadian Cancer Society.

We, as a province, can (unfortunately) also claim the highest percentage of obesity amongst our young people and the highest incidence of diabetes and heart disease. The median age of cancer death is reported to be 72.

Cancer has touched just about every family throughout Newfoundland and Labrador.

It is said as people age, their cells amass more “potentially cancerous” mutations. The need for continuous research for the cause and cure of this killer is greater than ever.

Great strides have been made over the years as now the survival rate is said to be around 60 per cent. While that figure is impressive the 40 per cent (fatalities) figure is still a scary find, so the Husky Energy $1-million donation is very welcome indeed.

Without help for new research, cancer will keep on killing us.

For the naysayers who continually ask with sarcasm how long and how much more money is it going to take to find that cure, let us remember that the terrible diseases that once killed earlier in life — bubonic plague, smallpox, influenza, tuberculosis — were easier to combat and defeat.

Nowadays, even AIDS is being managed more and more as a chronic condition and not the mighty killer once thought.

The cancer cell that grows as the body lives is constantly dividing, copying their DNA. It is a 100 per cent different challenge than anything else in our modern times.

Thus, it needs time, money, patience and the skills of doctors and researchers in the field.

Maybe down the road Husky and other similar good corporate citizens might consider similar donations towards the fight to cure Alzheimer’s disease, heart disease (great progress has been made there) and obesity.

It is good to know we have corporations like Husky that, despite what many say otherwise, care about the welfare of people they work for and with and are quick to step up to the plate to help find cures for such dreaded diseases as cancer.

We should all be thankful.

Bill Westcott

Clarke’s Beach

Organizations: Canadian Cancer Society, Husky Energy

Geographic location: Canada, Newfoundland and Labrador

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