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Dr. H. Bliss Murphy Cancer Care Foundation Receives $150,000 Gift from Atlantic Towing, Limited

St. John’s, NL - Dr. H. Bliss Murphy Cancer Care Foundation received a generous contribution of $150,000 from Atlantic Towing this afternoon. Wayne Power, Vice President of Atlantic Towing and Sean Leet, General Manager of Atlantic Towing were joined by Geoff Davis, Chairman of the Dr. H. Bliss Murphy Cancer Care Foundation to make the announcement. 

 “We have all been touched by the very challenging journey that cancer means for a friend or a loved one.  That journey is made easier by people, services and facilities of the Dr. H. Bliss Murphy Cancer Centre,” said Wayne Power. “Health and Wellness is a key focus for our company – in the workplace and the communities where we are proud to live and work.  We recognize the great demands in the area of cancer care and treatment in Newfoundland and Labrador. On behalf of the 170 men and women of Atlantic Towing team who call St. John’s home, we are pleased to play a role in the ability to offer leading edge radiation technology to cancer patients across Newfoundland and Labrador.” 

The contribution of $150,000 will be designated to the purchase of TrueBeam STx, the latest and most advanced radiation treatment technology in the world. Approved by Health Canada in late 2010, TrueBeam STx technology is able to deliver the highest radiation dose available, with the most flexibility, precision and speed. The Foundation is very proud to partner with the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, which has designated $3.3 million for the purchase of TrueBeam STx. The Dr. H. Bliss Murphy Cancer Care Foundation accepted the challenge of raising $2.5 million for this leading-edge cancer treatment equipment to benefit the people of Newfoundland and Labrador. 

“We are very excited to receive this generous contribution from Atlantic Towing,” said Mr. Davis. “Our priority is to enhance radiation treatment services at the Dr. H. Bliss Murphy Cancer Centre in St. John’s – the only facility in the province where cancer patients can receive radiation treatment – and we are so pleased to have Atlantic Towing join us in achieving this goal.”

Atlantic Towing operates the largest working fleet of offshore supply vessels in Canada.  Seven of these offshore ships are proudly serving in Newfoundland and Labrador, providing employment to 170 people.  Over 40 local businesses provide goods and services to the company’s fleet of ships.  The most recent addition to the fleet - Atlantic Kestrel – is the largest and greenest offshore supply vessel supporting oil and gas exploration in the Province.

The Irving organization has been doing business in Newfoundland and Labrador for over 60 years.  Today the company employs over 1100 people in diverse operation (trucking, construction, engineering, retail and offshore marine services) across the Province. 

The Dr. H. Bliss Murphy Cancer Care Foundation is a charitable organization raising funds to enhance treatment and supportive care programs for cancer patients, fund local cancer research initiatives and provide continuing education opportunities for staff of the Dr. H. Bliss Murphy Cancer Centre and affiliated cancer programs in Newfoundland and Labrador.


For more information, please contact:

Lynette Hillier
Dr. H. Bliss Murphy Cancer Care Foundation
(709) 777-7590

Mary Keith
Atlantic Towing, Limited
(506) 632-5122 office
(506) 650-8209 cell