News Release

June 2, 2015


Health Care Foundation Launches First Annual Dialysis Dash

St. John’s, NL - The Health Care Foundation announced today that it will host its first annual Dialysis Dash on August 8, 2015. Funds raised from the event will support the purchase of new dialysis chairs at the three St. John’s hospitals.

“The Health Care Foundation is passionate about providing quality, comfortable care to patients, including those receiving dialysis treatments,” said Paul Snow, President and CEO, Health Care Foundation. “Dialysis treatment can be very uncomfortable; imagine sitting in a chair for three to four hours a day, three times a week, with little ability to move. The Dialysis Dash will allow us to raise vitally needed funds that will help minimize the discomfort of dialysis through the purchase of new chairs which contain features to improve mobility, blood flow and comfort.” 

The Dialysis Dash is a pledge-based fundraising event that will give participants the option of a one, five or 10 kilometre run designed for all levels of runners. A celebration will also take place, with awards and prizes for participants, as well as refreshments, food and activities for the whole family. 

Proceeds from the event will go towards the purchase of 46 dialysis chairs for units within the Health Sciences Centre, St. Clare’s Mercy Hospital and the Waterford Hospital. These new chairs, which will cost approximately $5,500 each, are next generation in technology and comfort, with standout features including:

  • Remote technology, which makes independent mobility in the chair much easier for the patient, all while providing a much greater level of comfort.
  • The ergonomic chair has an attached footrest which is beneficial if a patient is experiencing cramping in their legs and also reduces the risk of blood clots and improves blood flow. 
  • The sleek features of the chair provide a more restful posture for supporting the patients during dialysis and also recline so many patients can sleep during their long treatment. 
  • Nursing staff will be able to maneuver the chairs into various positions, similar to an electric bed, preventing occupational injuries.

“We can’t change a diagnosis, but we can enhance the quality and comfort of care for patients by purchasing these Dialysis chairs,” added Mr. Snow. “With the help of our donors and the thousands of people who have been touched by kidney disease, we can make this event a success.”

To learn more about the Dialysis Dash, or to register or donate to a participant, please visit

About the Health Care Foundation

The Health Care Foundation is committed to raising and stewarding funds for the advancement and enhancement of patient comfort and care, medical equipment, research and education at five Eastern Health adult hospitals serving the St. John’s region: St. Clare’s Mercy Hospital, Health Sciences Centre, Dr. Leonard A. Miller Centre, Waterford Hospital and the Dr. Walter Templeman Health Centre.  Through its fundraising initiatives, the Health Care Foundation assists these hospitals in providing health care for the St. John’s region and specialized tertiary health services for the entire province.

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Media contact:
Jackie O’Brien
Manager, Communications and Stewardship
Health Care Foundation 
(709) 777-5906