Dinner with Food Network’s Celebrity Chef Corbin will Advance Renal Care
THUNDER BAY – Healthbeat – It’s 7 a.m. at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre. The first of three shifts of patients are starting their hemodialysis treatment. Each shift lasts approximately four to five hours. Once they’ve completed treatment, another set of patients will come through the doors, and another set after that. Treatments will wrap up at 11 p.m. that night. This pattern repeats itself six days a week, only stopping on Sunday.
[sws_pullquote_right]Purchase your tickets today: Online: www.healthsciencesfoundation.ca By phone: 807-345-4673 In person: At the Donation Centre, next to Robin’s Donuts, inside the Health Sciences Centre [/sws_pullquote_right] Thrice weekly hemodialysis is the reality for the 175 patients across Northwestern Ontario who require the life-saving treatment as their kidneys can no longer perform the important job of removing toxins from their blood.
“We have thirty hemodialysis stations here in Thunder Bay, with another five stations in Sioux Lookout and six in Fort Frances,” remarked Julia Salomon, Manager, Renal Services, TBRHSC/Ontario Renal Network Regional Director, Northwest LHIN. “Each machine runs 52 weeks a year and has an average lifespan of five years.”
Replacement isn’t cheap. Each machine costs about $29,000 but to the patients it serves, the value is priceless. “Without receiving ongoing dialysis, patients would not survive. It’s as simple as that,” commented Dr. Paul Watson, Medical Director, Renal Services.
In order to provide ongoing funding to replace aging hemodialysis machines, this year, proceeds from Dinner with Food Network’s Celebrity Chef Corbin will be directed to the Renal Services fund of the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation.
“Our guests can take pride in the fact that, while sampling a gourmet, four-course meal prepared by Chef Corbin Tomaszeski and the Sodexo Chefs Team, they are, at the same time, providing funds to maintain life-saving medical care for patients across the Northwest who require hemodialysis,” said Glenn Craig, President and CEO, Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation.
Chef Corbin is well-known to food lovers from his shows on Food Network Canada such as Dinner Party Wars, Restaurant Makeover, Crash My Kitchen and Restaurant Takeover. He’s thrilled to be in Thunder Bay on Friday, September 20 to host an exclusive dinner in the Health Sciences Centre Cafeteria. As he says, “Everyday many of us are called upon to support a charitable cause. So many of us donate with time or money and this is fantastic, but often we oversee and forget about what’s in our own backyard. As a father of three boys it would scare me greatly if they were unable to receive quick enough treatment as a result of not having enough or new enough equipment. I’m asking that you donate to this worthy and necessary cause as it could easily affect one of your loved ones. I hope to see you on the 20th of September where we will be enjoying amazing conversation surrounded by delicious food and of course yours truly.”
Guests can look forward to delicacies such as Pancetta Wrapped Pickerel with spiced cauliflower pureé and lemon confit, along with Apple-Wood Smoked Bison Filet with Cardamom-Pear Relish. Of course, Chef Corbin has a few surprises up his sleeve as well.
Don’t miss your opportunity to meet Chef Corbin in person, have a Dinner Party Wars apron signed, sample an out-of-this world meal and, of course, support Renal Care here in Northwestern Ontario.