Cameco announced an expansion of its Touchdown for Dreams program Wednesday afternoon to help more women suffering with life threatening forms of cancer make their dreams come true.
Over the next two years, the program will grant seven to ten wishes per year with each woman getting between $7,500 to $10,000 to fulfill their dream.
This is up from the current five dreams per year at a maximum of $5,000.
Cameco spokesperson Jonathan Huntington says women are asked to select a dream when they apply for the program and it is really up to them what they use the money for if selected.
“So they might put down on their form I’d like a trip to Disneyland and if that can happen within the rough estimates of price that we’ve put on it, then we make that happen,” he says. “Other people have asked for a basement renovation or others have asked for a living room renovation.”
The program expansion will also include the unveiling of a mobile unit in northern Saskatchewan to increase cancer awareness and education.
Huntington says the details of the northern mobile unit are still being ironed out but it will be launched in the spring.
“It’s going to be a mobile unit that travels through certain parts of northern Saskatchewan that will help spread cancer awareness education and help with early detection of cancer. So, we’re looking forward to it, we can’t wait to unveil it and then we will obviously have more news to come on it when it’s ready to go.”
Saskatchewan Roughrider fans have contributed close to $90,000 to the program by buying souvenirs at the annual Cameco Touchdown for Dreams pink football game.
The program is a partnership between the uranium mining company, the Riders and the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency.