foundation development officer, said there will be 17 trees lit
for the festival in McLaren Port Huron's south tower lobby,
lining the windows.
The hospital has a partially closed campus but the community is
invited to drive by or walk the sidewalk outside the hospital to
view the trees, she said.
The event takes place Thanksgiving through the New Year and
there will still be a raffle drawing. People can buy raffle
tickets for a tree or for a kayak package, which includes a
kayak, paddles, life jackets, a speaker and a Yeti cooler.
Raffle tickets cost $1 each and ticket sales and donations can
be made online at the foundation's website. Tickets will be
available online starting Thanksgiving and the drawing will be
done right before Christmas, Guyor said.
Proceeds from this year's Festival of Trees will be used to
purchase an endobronchial ultrasound bronchoscopy. This
equipment allows for early detection and treatment of lung
cancer, improving care and outcomes for lung cancer patients in
the Blue Water Area, according to a hospital press release.
Guyor said the cost of an EBUS is ``substantial'' and the
pulmonary critical care team is excited for the equipment. If
someone currently needs this type of detection, they have to go
outside the county to receive it, and when you're not feeling
well you want to be close to home, she said.
The reason there are less trees this year is due to space
restrictions and so people can see the displays better while
walking or driving by.
Guyor thinks because the trees will be easily visible at all the
windows people will still participate in the raffle, but the
foundation is not sure how much they're going to raise. The
community has been generous but there's a lot of uncertainty.
The foundation is grateful for the support of the hospital and
the community to continue the tradition in a new and safe way,
``Now more than ever, we are grateful for the support of our
community,'' said Sara Tait, McLaren Port Huron
Foundation director. ``We find comfort and encouragement knowing
this community cares about and supports our mission. We feel it
is important to keep the Christmas spirit alive, especially this
year, and hope our community will support this annual