On Tuesday, November 30th, Dr. Mouhamed Abdelsalam presented three white ribbons to staff in the oncology unit at The Moncton Hospital to honor their years of service working with lung cancer patients. Dr. Abdelsalam is the head of Oncology and Hematology at The Moncton Hospital, and got involved in The White Ribbon Project through a white ribbon event at Breathe BioMedical. The White Ribbon Project is a campaign to spread awareness about lung cancer and break down the stigma surrounding this deadly disease. As a recipient of a white ribbon, Dr. Abdelsalam nominated three colleagues from the oncology clinic, Carolyn Devito, Glenn Myers and Lisa Matchett to receive ribbons of their own.
His nominations reflect the team-based approach they have excelled in for over 9 years at the Dr. Sheldon H. Rubin Oncology Clinic. Every member of this team is influential in supporting lung cancer patients at The Moncton Hospital.
- Carolyn Devito has been working on the oncology and hematology department at The Moncton Hospital for 22 years.
- Glenn Myers has over 9 years’ experience as a pharmacist with The Moncton Hospital, with a clinical focus in Ambulatory Medical Oncology.
- Lisa Matchett has been working as an Administrative Assistant at The Moncton Hospital for 9 years.
It is clear to see after learning more about Carolyn, Glenn and Lisa, how important they are to The Moncton Hospital’s oncology clinic.
Breathe BioMedical, a medical technology company in Moncton, brought The White Ribbon Project to the Maritimes in November to spread the message during lung cancer awareness month and educate the public on lung cancer screening. The team at Breathe BioMedical built and painted the white ribbons, which were distributed at an event they hosted with key stakeholders in the community. These valued guests were given white ribbons for their contributions to lung cancer.
Dr. Abdelsalam first got involved with Breathe BioMedical as the Principal Investigator in a lung cancer study using Breathe BioMedical technology. Recently, he attended their lab as a special guest in the community to receive a white ribbon for his work with lung cancer patients.
White ribbons made by the Breathe BioMedical team have so far been presented to: Premier Blaine Higgs, Minister of Health Dorothy Shepard, Minister of Economic Development Arlene Dunn, Member of Parliament for Moncton-Riverview-Dieppe Ginette Petitpas-Taylor, Moncton South MLA Greg Turner, Moncton Mayor Dawn Arnold, Deputy Chief Charles Leblanc of The Moncton Fire Department and Breathe BioMedical CEO Stephen Graham.