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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Top 10 reasons why you should come to our Open House on July 6th:

10. It’s summer and our therapeutic garden is in full bloom
9. Smoothies in the kitchen – so delicious and so easy to make
8. Gentle stretching will loosen you up and make you feel taller
7. Zumba, line dancing, yoga, qi gong and tai chi
6. Art vernissage featuring works by participants in our Open Art Studio
5. Bake sale
4. Essential oils workshop
3. Meet our team of incredible volunteers and dedicated staff
2. 10 years of cancer wellness is worth celebrating
1. We can’t wait to welcome you and show you the many ways to live well with cancer

10 raisons majeures pour lesquelles vous devriez prendre part à notre journée Portes ouvertes, le 6 juillet

10. C’est l’été et notre jardin thérapeutique est en pleine floraison
9. Nous vous offrons de délicieux smoothies, si faciles à préparer
8. Des étirements en douceur vous détendront et vous donneront l’impression
que vous avez grandi
7. Et que dire du zumba, de la danse en ligne, du yoga et du tai chi?
6. Notre vernissage vous présentera des œuvres exécutées par des participants dans notre studio de création libre
5. Régalez-vous de nos pâtisseries offertes en vente
4. Initiez-vous à la confection des huiles essentielles
3. Venez rencontrer notre équipe de bénévoles sans pareilles et notre personnel si dévoué
2. Notre 10e anniversaire de bien-être pour le cancer mérite d’être célébré dignement
1. Nous avons bien hâte de vous accueillir et de vous montrer les multiples façons de bien vivre avec le cancer
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Portes ouvertes / Open House

July 6, 2017, 10:00am - July 6, 2017, 3:00pm

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Our Cancer Wellness Centre is looking great inside and out. Come see for yourselves on July 6th at our Open House.
Thank you Earl Pinchuk from the artforhealingfoundation.org

Ne manquez pas notre journée portes ouvertes le 6 juillet.
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Our beautiful Cancer Wellness Centre garden

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