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.

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Focus on the Future / Visons l'avenir

Have you finished your treatments? Want to move forward with confidence but don't know how? Registration is now open for this new post-treatment program. For more details and to find out if this program is right for you, please contact Sophie at 514 340-3616, ext. 208, sophie.blondin.ccomtl@ssss.gouv.qc.ca

Veuillez noter que cette première initiative sera offerte uniquement en anglais.
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Dr. Albert Chan, a psychologist at Maggie's Centre in Hong Kong, paid a visit to our Wellness Centre to learn more about our approach. Maggie's Centres provide practical, emotional and social support to people with cancer and their families and friends.

Dr. Chan provides one-on-one counselling, family counselling and runs a weekly men's support group. He was most impressed with the Wellness Centre and with our use of cancer experienced volunteers, a model that he believes would work well in China but would not be appropriate for Hong Kong.

Dr Albert Chan, psychologue au Centre Maggie's, a visité notre Centre de bien-être, afin d'en apprendre plus sur notre approche. Il a été fortement impressionné par notre Centre et par les services assurés par des bénévoles, fortes de leur expérience du cancer, modèle exemplaire qu'il croiit pourrait être appliqué en Chine, mais ne pourrait pas servir à Hong Kong.
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So grateful to #comedygivesback for a wonderful afternoon of laughter and for making this much anticipated annual tradition a reality.So grateful for our comedy partner who made this years @comedygivesback possible ... See MoreSee Less

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Thank you #comedygivesback for giving cancer survivors the gift of laughter!So grateful for our comedy partner who made this years @comedygivesback possible ... See MoreSee Less

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FBF to our strategic planning process in 2008. Our mission remains the same! ... See MoreSee Less

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