Spokeswoman Alison Bergsma said this would have several benefits for patients, including not having to return for a second or third surgery.
“It will also make the patient more comfortable and confident that all the cancer has been removed.”
“I think it will also help the patient move on to the next stage of their care, having just one surgery and then you can start your next treatment if it’s chemo or radiation therapy instead of coming back for more surgery.”
Bergsma says everyone in the group, including herself, has been affected by the disease.
“I had breast cancer and that’s how it all started. There’s a group of us some of whom have had breast cancer and some of them are family members.
“We just wanted to get together, and we think it’s a great cause to raise money for this machine.”
Bergsma says the people in the group have completed their treatments and want to help the next group of patients.
She adds that the fundraising goal is $275,000 and $514,000 has been raised so far. The goal is for the effort to be completed by Christmas.
Donations are collected through the Hospital Foundation website or search for The Mozart Mission on Facebook. Tax receipts will be issued.
Bergsma says they will also be hosting Mozart Mixer on October 1 at Jackpot Bar and Grill to raise funds as well.