History

Founder’s Greetings

Sheila KussnerAlthough it is hard to believe today, when I founded Hope & Cope in 1981, the word “cancer” was still whispered and the idea of experienced volunteers helping patients through the cancer journey was considered risky.

We were true pioneers then and I am proud to say that more than three decades later, Hope & Cope is still innovating and still leading the way, with confidence, creativity and compassion.

If you have cancer, or are helping a loved one through this often overwhelming experience, we are here for you.

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Sheila Kussner, O.C., O.Q., C.O.M.

A History of Firsts

Wellness openingWe’ve been providing compassionate, supportive, evidence-based cancer care for over three decades. In fact, when Hope & Cope opened its doors in 1981, the very concept of providing peer support within a hospital cancer setting was considered revolutionary.

Founded by Sheila Kussner, O.C., O.Q., C.O.M., and affiliated with the Jewish General Hospital in Montreal, Hope & Cope is a non-profit organization comprised of 500 volunteers managed and guided by a professional staff. Together, we support cancer patients and their caregivers from the moment of diagnosis through all stages of cancer, with a special focus on survivorship.

Recognized nationally and internationally for our pioneering approach and evidence-based programs, we have a proud history of many “firsts” in Quebec.

We were the first to create a support group for women newly diagnosed with cancer and then, years later, the first to create a group called “Breast Friends” for women with metastatic cancer.

We established the first Men’s Club for men with cancer as well as male caregivers.

4women_BronfmanBack in 1985, we were the first to recognize that young adults have specific needs and challenges. We responded with a support group that eventually developed into CancerFightClub, a dynamic, innovative community for young adults and their supporters, both locally and on-line. And when parents with cancer wondered what to tell their children and how they would cope with raising a family while undergoing treatment, we responded with En famille.

19 hours ago

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Tell Cancer to Take a Hike:

1 Mount Kilimanjaro Climb
1 Stowe, Vermont hike
10 monthly local (Quebec) hikes
7 mountain climbers
20+ sponsors
90 hikers
$530,000 raised to support Hope & Cope’s transformative programs for cancer patients and their loved ones.

Thank you to everyone who participated in and supported our Tell Cancer to Take a Hike fundraiser. Exciting plans are underway for 2019 – stay tuned!

Nous remercions tous les grimpeurs, randonneurs, commanditaires et donateurs d’avoir répondu à notre appel et participé avec tant d’ethousiasme à notre levée de fonds Envoyez promener le cancer. Au plaisir de vous voir sur les pistes en 2019!
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5 days ago

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Let the festive season begin! If you are looking for inspiration this weekend and need a break from holiday baking, planning and shopping, come to our Voices of Hope Holiday Concert on Sunday, December 9th at 2:30 pm at Our Lady of the Annunciation Church, 1020 Laird Blvd, Town of Mount Royal. Tickets are $20 (free for children 12 and under). ... See MoreSee Less

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6 days ago

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Love Yourself is the title of Gail Issenman's fabulous new song, and all proceeds from streams and downloads will benefit our Cancer Wellness Centre. Check out this upbeat video featuring Gail's beautiful vocals and lyrics, filmed at our Centre, at the Jewish General Hospital and in the community. Recognize anyone?

www.youtube.com/watch?v=rB0O5j-zXYY&index=3&list=PLBL1pTydgdkhkuGFasWl-d3-aTs5R9W3Q&t=0sRock video, shot in Montreal, starring survivors. All proceeds going to Hope and Cope Cancer Wellness Centre in Montreal.
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7 days ago

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Three cheers for volunteers here at Hope & Cope and around the world!

Today, is International Volunteer Day (IVD) - a global celebration of volunteers. It takes place every year on December 5 to shine a light on the impact of volunteer efforts everywhere.

Les bénévoles sont à l’avant-garde du changement social dans le monde. Cette journée est l’occasion offerte aux organisations et aux bénévoles de promouvoir leur contribution au développement, que ce soit au niveau local, national ou international.
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