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Lustig Family Medical Cannabis Research & Care Fund

A Message from the Lustig Family

Dear Family, Friends and Colleagues,

As many of you know, our ties to the Cedars Cancer Foundation date back to 2011 with our Kilimanjaro Climb for Cedars, as well as support for the Cedars Breast Cancer Program. We're very proud to contribute to the centres of excellence in cancer care, research and education, which Cedars’ philanthropic initiatives encourage. With over 100 forms known by the medical field today, cancer is a disease that continues to affect so many people. We need to work together to effect the changes we want to see. We need to have more impact on the pain and suffering that cancer causes.

That is why we have committed to raise C$250,000 for the Cedars Cancer Foundation for a completely new area that we're passionate about, namely the use of medical cannabis therapy for cancer patients receiving supportive or palliative care. We strongly believe that the medicinal and quality of life benefits of this compound will become better understood and more widely accepted for use in cancer patients and in many patients with chronic and or terminal illnesses, as researchers and healthcare professionals study its usage, measure its impact and share new knowledge. Already there is a growing body of evidence and we feel that patients are fortunate that Canada is leading the way!

As with all our fundraising efforts for Cedars, we will match the sum of all donations of our friends and family up to our C$250,000 goal. Funds will be channelled into 3 areas:

The establishment of a best-in-class medical cannabis programme for cancer patients at the MUHC in the new Cedars Oncology Supportive Care Centre;
Training and education on medicinal use of cannabis for healthcare professionals working in oncology; and
Developing and carrying out clinical trials on medicinal cannabis for pain and symptom control in cancer patients.

We recognize how many worthy causes there are to support, but we’d be very grateful if the Cedars Cancer Foundation were part of your charitable giving this year. A gift would help us reduce the pain and suffering that cancer causes, and an official tax receipt will be issued for every donation.

Marc and Gillian Lustig & Family