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Cancer-care home opens Tuesday afternoon

Murray House cancer treatment residence, at 521 Frederick St., seen in April as it neared completion, will open next week.

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Murray House cancer treatment residence, at 521 Frederick St., seen in April as it neared completion, will open next week.

A home that provides safe, comfortable accommodations for out-of-town patients receiving care at the Western Manitoba Cancer Centre will officially open its doors Tuesday afternoon.

A ribbon-cutting at 2:30 p.m. on May 27 will be followed by public tours through the new Murray House, located at 521 Frederick Street.

"We believed so passionately in this project, and to see it come to fruition is very moving," said Laurie Murray, co-chair of the fundraising campaign that helped make the new home possible. "All of western Manitoba came together to make the construction of this house possible. The community’s generosity of spirit will now help those going through their cancer journey, and it has been a privilege to be part of something so special."

After 14 months of fundraising, starting in September 2011, the campaign had met its goal and more, giving $2.85 million to Prairie Mountain Health for construction, including landscaping, furniture, consulting fees and taxes. A large donation from the Murray family and their automotive dealerships gave the project its name.

"We are extremely pleased that this long-awaited project, with such grand vision from the Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation, is now reality," says Brian Schoonbaert, Chief Operating Officer of the Brandon Regional Health Centre. "For patients and their families who have enough to deal with, this home will provide some peace of mind so those affected can focus on their cancer care and treatment."

The home is located within walking distance of the cancer centre. Prairie Mountain will now oversee the annual operating and maintenance at the facility, which features eight private rooms with bathrooms, kitchen, living room, library/meeting room and recreation room.

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