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.

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., 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.

It’s a messy job, but someone’s gotta do it! Thanks to Main Office Volunteer Carol Djoury for emptying out our donation boxes. Every penny counts!

Chaque don, qu’elle que soit son importance, fait une différence.
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Join us for this 5 à 7 launch of our exciting new fundraiser on two continents - Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa, and Kili chez nous in the beautiful mountain regions of Quebec and Stowe, Vermont. If you've already signed up, come and meet your fellow hikers and climbers! If you're looking for new inspiration - and adventure - in 2018, come and learn more about these fundraisers.

RSVP (essential): 514 340-3616, ext. 220 or kiliclimb2018@gmail.com

Joignez-vous à nous pour le lancement d'une nouvelle levée de fonds excitante au bénéfice de L'espoir, c'est la vie. Si vous êtes déjà inscrit comme grimpeur/randonneur, venez rencontrer vos collègues qui sonts inscrits également. Si vous cherchz une nouvelle inspiration pour 2018, vous ne serez pas déçu!

RSVP (obligatoire) : 514 340-3616, poste 220 ou kiliclimb2018@gmail.com
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Launch: Tell Cancer to Take a Hike / Envoyez promener le cancer

January 23, 2018, 5:00pm - January 23, 2018, 6:00pm

Join us for this 5 à 7 launch of our exciting new fundraiser on two continents - Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa, and Kili chez nous in the beautiful mountain regions of Quebec and Stowe, Vermont. If you...

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TBT Volunteer reception, June 2017. Watch and listen as our enthusiastic, talented, charming and dedicated volunteers explain why they do good and what they receive in return. ... See MoreSee Less

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