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Letter: Sam’s PET dream is now a reality and we couldn’t be more excited

Brenda Tessaro, a member of the Sam Bruno PET Scanner Steering Committee, shares her thoughts on the fact the diagnostic tool is finally coming together

The journey of a tenacious, passionate and courageous man is now approaching its last lap.

Driven by the injustice of the citizens of northeastern Ontario not having access to a positron emission tomography (PET) scanner, Sam Bruno began his journey over 10 years ago. He epitomized such strength in a time of such weakness.

Sam passed away in July of 2010 while still fighting for a PET scanner for our hospital. This week, after a decade of campaigning, fundraising, fighting political battles and overcoming immense negativity surrounding the acquisition of a PET scanner, it has arrived.

To say that the family and the steering committee are excited would be an enormous understatement. It has been an emotional roller coaster spanning over a decade, but Sam’s dream is now a reality. I can’t wait to watch Rosina Bruno, Sam’s mother, cut the ribbon at the official opening in the fall.

Sam’s journey will then be completed, as our doctors and medical staff will then move forward with their jobs of saving lives.

Brenda Tessaro
Sam Bruno PET Scanner Steering Committee