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Annual Appeal

Cedars Cancer Foundation 2016 Annual Appeal


Help us continue providing exceptional cancer care and treatment in our new home.
Your donation will ensure Montreal remains a world-class hub for cancer care.


Dear Friends of Cedars,

Last June, we opened the Cedars Cancer Centre—a hub for exceptional integrated cancer care, research and education. It was a proud moment because we had been working towards this goal for many years. The Cedars Cancer Centre at the Glen site of the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) allows us to build on our 50-year tradition of supporting patients living with cancer and their families, and we could not have created it without you. Nor can our mission continue to thrive without your sustained generosity.

As you know, Cedars reaches out annually to its community to raise critical funds towards world-class services, innovation, education and groundbreaking research. It is also supported by longstanding and new grassroots funds and events, including Sarah’s Fund, Frank Rana’s Annual Cedars’ Campaign and the ‘Bell’ Fund. Our priority is to assure that all who come to the Cedars Cancer Centre for diagnostics, patient care and psychosocial support will benefit from exceptional healthcare professionals, facilities and equipment.

For example, Dr. Lucy Gilbert, MUHC Director of Gynecologic Oncology, is the leader of the DOVEE (Diagnosing Ovarian and Endometrial Cancer Early) research project. She discovered that the fatal form of ovarian cancer doesn’t start in the ovaries, but more often in the fallopian tubes. This discovery has radically changed the way the disease is diagnosed. Similarly, Dr. David Fleiszer, an oncological surgeon, is the driving force behind the MUHC Patient Education Office (PEO). The user-friendly information created by the PEO helps patients, families and caregivers understand the disease and treatment options, as well as make decisions. Donations underpin the work of these professionals, and that of countless others who wish nothing but the best possible health outcomes for those in their care.

With this in mind, I am asking you to make a donation today. We need not reflect long to understand the extent of pressure our health system is under. In Montreal, we are blessed to have a state-of-the-art healing facility that houses the Cedars Cancer Centre. As a community, let us to do our part to support priority needs that fall outside the realm of government funding. That’s what we have been doing since Cedars was formed, and we can be proud of what we have accomplished together.


On behalf of patients and families, thank you for making a donation towards Cedars’ Priority Needs.
You can rest assured that your generosity will do tremendous good for years to come.

With much appreciation,

Jeff J. Shamie, MPA
President and Chief Executive Officer
Cedars Cancer Foundation