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.


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 perfect day for our Men's Club BB-Q!

Notre BB-Q estival de Club des hommes se déroule maintenant.
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Based on interviews with patients and caregivers, this performance is part of a research project that examines the use of theatre as a means of bringing people together in order to have meaningful, honest conversations about the issues, struggles, myths and common themes surrounding palliative care. Funded by the Canadian Cancer Society.

Limited space; RSVP essential: 514 340-3616.

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Palliative Education through Art, Communication and Education

August 4, 2017, 10:00am - August 4, 2017, 11:00am

Based on interviews with patients and caregivers, this performance is part of a research project that examines the use of theatre as a means of bringing people together in order to have meaningful, ho...

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Volunteer Marielle Regnier is all smiles after sorting and displaying this beautiful collection of scarves generously donated by Reitman's Canada for distribution to cancer patients who are dealing with hair loss.Thank you, Reitmans Canada!

Notre bénévole Marielle Régnier nous présente avec un grand sourire la magnifique collection de foulards offerts par Reitman's Canada afin de les distribuer aux patientes qui ont perdu leurs cheveux à cause du cancer. Merci beaucoup Reitman's Canada!
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Climb "Kili" to kick cancer!

Hope & Cope is going to the top of the world in March 2018. At 19,340 ft, Mount Kilimanjaro towers majestically over the African savanna. Be part of our team and join us on the adventure of a lifetime! Funds raised will support Hope & Cope's life-affirming programs and services. Interested in learning more? Send us an email: [email protected]
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