We are your Cedars Cancer Foundation
We are a mission-focused, hospital-based foundation with a mission to cover all cancer patients' needs.
We are a funding powerhouse
We started out 50 years ago as an initiative launched by individuals from a community who dared to dream big. We have since grown to become the funding arm of the MUHC’s fight against cancer.
We support the hospital's Cancer Centre that bears our name as well as the Cancer Research Program of the Research Institute of the MUHC. We are also a founding partner of the Rossy Cancer Network, which brings together McGill University and its teaching hospitals to improve the quality of every patient's experience and care outcome.
We are partners for the extra mile
Our charitable organization exists to expand the MUHC’s global expertise on cancer.
We help fight cancer from every angle, for every cancer type and every need, regardless of the patient's age. We develop and leverage innovative approaches to meet patients' and families’ emotional, psychosocial, physical and spiritual needs.
Ease the pain and suffering caused by cancer
Improve the health and well-being of paediatric, young adult and adult cancer patients, and their families, throughout and beyond treatment, by leading philanthropic initiatives that support excellence and innovations in clinical care, research, education and supportive care services.
Our 3 Pillars of Action
The funds that are generously entrusted to the Foundation are used to directly address the Cedars Cancer Centre's most pressing needs to better the lives of MUHC cancer patients and their families, and ensure they enjoy a better future.
Nursing Director, Cancer Care Mission, MUHC
Our mission is to offer every cancer patient at the MUHC compassionate care that focuses on them as a person, not on their disease. Your donations help ensure that no one is left behind, supporting the care of people of all ages, even babies in utero, throughout their journey with cancer. That means we assist them from diagnosis to post-treatment, including supportive and palliative care. We go far beyond treatment by funding a wide range of innovative programs such as psychological services, financial aid, medical cannabis programs and cutting-edge equipment and facilities.
Dr Tarek Hijal
Director, Division of Radiation Oncology
Monetary contributions to the Foundation help the MUHC Research Institute's Cancer Research Program (CRP) to conduct research focused on finding a cure, for a future without cancer, but also to develop better and more creative therapies and care protocols to help mitigate the primary impact of cancer on quality of life. The CRP currently works on innovative projects in the fields of immunotherapy, molecular profiling and targeted therapies.
Dr David Fleiszer
Cedars supports visiting professorships, fellowships, public lectures and educational material for patients, healthcare professionals and visitors of the MUHC. The community's generosity helps teach, train and mentor an increasing number of professionals every year at the MUHC, the largest teaching facility of the Faculty of Medicine at McGill.
50+ years of history
The Cedars Cancer Foundation was founded in 1966 by a group of individuals in the Lebanese community, who overcame personal loss and dedicated themselves to fighting cancer and to alleviating its effects on patients of all origins and their families.
Cedars is the story of how one community rallied to support and help the wider public for a cause that affects so many. As cancer knows no bounds, we found strength in unity, openness, generosity and togetherness. This is what has driven our growth and impact throughout the years.
Seen from left to right: Joseph Chamandy, Ernest Saykaly, Shirley Chamandy, Rene Darwish, Dr. Henry Shibata, Dr. Edward J. Tabah
Dr. Armen Aprikian
Chief, Cancer Care Mission of the MUHC
Cedars is fortunate to count some of Canada's most experienced professionals as members of its board of directors and its capital campaigns cabinet – and we are proud to present them to you.Meet the board
Jeff J. Shamie, MPA
President and CEO, Cedars Cancer Foundation
We rely on our operations team's energy, devotion and faith in our mission and to be present whenever and wherever necessary, to identify and develop new opportunities and to keep furthering our cause day after day.Meet the team