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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Lise and Barbara, long-time members of Hope & Cope's Office Team, share an easy camaraderie as they assemble nursing kits for the Oncology Department. Thanks, Ladies, for all that you do!

Les bénévoles comme Barbara et Lise méritent toute notre reconnaissance !
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5 days ago

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Breast cancer survivor Diane Forget speaks from the heart about the wonderful camaraderie and support she has found here at the Hope & Cope Cancer Wellness Centre.

La survivante du cancer du sein Diane Forget parle avec tout son coeur de la merveilleuse camaraderie et de l'appui qu'elle a trouvés ici, chez nous, au Centre de bien-être de L'espoir, c'est la vie.

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We were pleased to welcome a group of professors and students from the Faculty of Nursing, Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand, who visited our Wellness Centre while in town for the 22nd International Palliative Care Congress, October 2-5. The group, escorted by Fay Strohschein, Doctoral Candidate in the Ingram School of Nursing at McGill University, included Dr. Sureeporn Tanasilp, Dr. Ratchaneekorn Upasen, Dr. Noppamat Pudtong, Dr. Weeraphol Saengpanya , Cdr. Dr. Kanoklekha Suwannapong (Postdoctoral fellow) and Supanee Klungrit (PhD Candidate). ... See MoreSee Less

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We are pleased to be hosting this important information session at our Cancer Wellness Centre next week. Space is limited, so please register early!

Veuillez noter que cette conférence sera donnée en anglais mais les questions en français seront bien reçues.

CIUSSS Centre-Ouest Montréal / CIUSSS West-Central MontrealWe will be hosting a free Colorectal Cancer Patient Information Session on October 17th at the JGH Hope & Cope Wellness Centre in Montreal. We will have leading experts in colorectal cancer treatment present content in the areas of Pathology, Medical and Surgical Oncology and Genetics to patients and caregivers.

To register to this free session: bit.ly/2EbhGWJ

For more information, please contact Frank Pitman at 514-875-7745 ext.2529 or frankp@colorectalcancercanada.com.
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