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Community Builders Awards: Tracy’s Dream alleviates financial burden on cancer patients

Volunteers with Tracy’s Dream help improve quality of life for those facing cancer diagnosis

Tracy’s Dream was started in 2015 when a group of volunteers came together with Tracy Dinelle, who was battling cancer, to provide free parking tokens to patients of the Algoma District Cancer Program (ADCP). 

Her goal was to help cancer patients have a stress-free day while having their treatments so that they and their families could focus more of their energy on their physical health and wellness without the mental strain and concern surrounding finances.

While Tracy sadly passed away in 2016, her husband Dennis has carried on her legacy in an effort to keep the dream alive and ease the financial and mental hardships associated with a cancer diagnosis.

Since its inception, patients have accessed funds 3,915 times. The total value of parking tokens and passes distributed surpasses $180,000.

Tracy’s Dream averages 40 calls per month for parking relief support and continued to provide this service throughout the last few years, despite COVID-19 impeding major fundraising efforts - and the organization has no plans of slowing down. 

Tracy’s Dream’s ultimate goal is to have an on-site parking area designated for cancer patients enrolled at the ADCP. They are dedicated to making this dream a reality and continuing to support cancer patients.

The Health Care Award is presented to a group that has had an important impact on the health care of the community. 

Congratulations to the team at Tracy’s Dream Foundation!

This award is proudly sponsored by Sault College.