"Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and families of those affected by the horrific explosion."
The Cedars Cancer Foundation (Cedars) joins all Canadians in expressing our support for the people of Lebanon as they strive to rebuild Beirut after the devastating explosion last week. We offer our condolences to those who lost loved ones. We also pray for the speedy recovery of those who were injured in the blast as well as for those trying to locate missing family and friends.
At the same time, Cedars is well aware that cancer does not take a pause, and in keeping with our mission we have decided to support cancer patients and their families in Beirut through the creation of the ‘’Cedars Oncology Relief Fund for Beirut’’.
"Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and families of those affected by the horrific explosion. As a proud Canadian of Lebanese heritage, it saddens me to see the country where I was born devastated again’’ said Tony Aksa, Chair of the Board of the Cedars Cancer Foundation.
‘’While today we are proud that Cedars is supported by Montrealers of all backgrounds, our roots are in our city’s Lebanese community,” said Jeff Shamie, President and CEO of the Cedars Cancer Foundation. “As cancer knows no bounds, we couldn’t stand still during this tragedy when cancer patients in Beirut are suffering and don’t have access to adequate care and treatments.”
Through international aid in Beirut, 100% of all funds raised will be directed to oncology at Saint George Hospital University Medical Center, destroyed by the explosion and American University of Beirut Medical Centre (AUBMC), a centre that already collaborates with Cedars in oncology.