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.

Don't miss these free public lectures for cancer survivors!
Reserve your spot by calling 514 340-3616.

Breast Cancer and Nutrition
November 22
6:30 pm - 8 pm

Nutrition can be a confusing topic at the best of times. Oncology dietitian Kristina Bianca Mullahoo will provide you with up-to-date information during this free lecture at the Cancer Wellness Centre.

CHEMO BRAIN AND CANCER FOG
November 23
3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Chemo brain is a common and worrisome side effect of treatment. If you are looking for strategies to help you cope, this lecture is for you!
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Early morning delivery of 25 packets of fresh herbs for sale. Today's selection: pineapple mint, spike lavender, rosemary, yellow, purple and green sage. Get yours for only $3 each!

Découvrez le goût particulier et les propriétés bénéfiques des herbes de notre jardin.
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Choose from 150 packets of herbs from our garden, including coveted varieties not sold in grocery stores such as pineapple mint and magic mountain basil. As the cold weather settles in, what could be more comforting than a cup of mint tea, a dash of lavender in your salad or basil in your soup? Only $3.00 - $4.00 per packet.
Come early for the best selection! Proceeds will be used to make next year’s garden even better.

Choisissez parmi 150 paquets d’herbe de notre jardin, comprenant des variétés convoitées, qu’on ne trouve pas dans les magasins, telles que ananas et menthe ou basilic de montagne magique. Au moment où le froid hivernal s’installe, quoi de plus réconfortant qu’une tasse de thé à la menthe, un brin de lavande dans votre salade ou du basilic dans votre soupe? Prix imbattable: 3 $ à 4 $, le paquet. Venez tôt pour profiter de la meilleure sélection! Les profits serviront à développer et à améliorer le jardin l’an prochain!
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Unique herbs for sale

November 13, 2017, 10:00am - November 17, 2017, 3:00pm

Choose from 150 packets of herbs from our garden, including coveted varieties not sold in grocery stores such as pineapple mint and magic mountain basil. As the cold weather settles in, what could be ...

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Our volunteers are the best! In this 10:36 video, filmed at our Open House, Mark Samoilovich explains what motivated him to plant a fabulous herb garden at the Wellness Centre while Bluma Blicher talks about the rewards of giving back.

Nous sommes très reconnaissants aux bénévoles Mark Samoilovich et Bluma Blicher.
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