2017 is a very special year for Hope & Cope as we celebrate two milestones: 10 years of cancer wellness and 36 years of Hope & Cope.
We invite you to celebrate with us! Take a look at our calendar and choose the events that interest you.
June through August
Wellness Wednesdays at Lou’s House
Throughout the summer, we will feature activities highlighting the many paths to wellness.
Fitness Fridays at Lou’s House
From Frisbee on the lawn of Lou’s House to jumping jacks and hoola hoops, we’ll show you how easy it is to keep fit and have fun at the same time!
June 3 - all day - 6th Annual Antony Proteau Ball Hockey Tournament (third party event)
Don’t miss this action-packed fundraiser featuring dozens of men’s, women’s and kids’ teams vying for first place, BBQ, great auction and raffle items, inflatables for the kids and more! Proceeds to CancerFightClub, Hope & Cope’s program for young adults (18-39) and young families with cancer.
June 6, 7 p.m. - Voices of Hope Choir with special guest Gino Quilico
The choir, composed mostly of cancer survivors, will take you on an emotionally gratifying journey. Proceeds will support our creative programming at the Wellness Centre
Westmount Baptist Church, 411 Roslyn Ave.
Info and tickets: 514-340-3616 or 514 340-8255
June 8, 7 p.m. - Un pas pour la vie (third party event)
This fabulous fundraiser features some of the most dynamic dancers in the city! Proceeds will support our En famille program for young families with cancer.
Rialto Theatre, 5723 Av du Parc
Montréal, QC H2V 4G9
Info and tickets: http://www.unpaspourlavie.com
June 12, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. - Separating Fact from Fiction: Cancer Cures and Treatment with Dr. Joe Schwarcz
Annual Cancer Survivorship Day Celebration
Free admission, all are welcome (registration begins at 6:30 p.m.)
Dr. Joe Schwarcz
Director, Office of Science and Society,
You’ve heard him on the radio, you’ve read his columns in the newspaper, now come hear and see him live and in person! Dessert reception, raffle prizes and special tribute honouring our Past President and 35-year volunteer Jessica Miller, z’l.
Info and registration: 514-340-8255
June 27 - Volunteer Social (By invitation only)
July 6, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Wellness Centre Open House - All are welcome!
Fun for the whole family!
Think all we do at the Wellness Centre is sit around talking about cancer? Think again! Lou’s House is YOUR community resource – a place of learning, living, laughter, creativity and discovery. Join us for fitness, cooking demonstrations, art activities, a giant bake sale, and much more!
July 18 - Men’s Club BBQ
Open to male cancer survivors, the Men’s Club meets monthly. Their annual summer BBQ at the Wellness Centre is always a hit.
Info: 514-340-3616, ext. 22591
August 3, 3 p.m. - 8 p.m. - CancerFightClub and En famille Family Fun Day and BBQ
August 24 - Alouettes Whiteout to Wipe out Cancer
Great game for a great cause!
Details to follow.
September 10, 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. - Dorval, Sources and St-Henri Auto Parts 10th Anniversary Walk-a-thon (third party event)
This scenic, family-friendly 7 km walk through St. Maxime Park in Chomedey, Laval, features great food and a great atmosphere. Proceeds support our cancer exercise program.
If you are affected by cancer, the Wellness Centre is YOUR community resource! Come visit us.
Wellness in mind, body and spirit
Ten years ago, in July 2007, Hope & Cope kicked off a glorious Montreal summer with the opening of the JGH Hope & Cope Wellness Centre – Quebec’s first hospital-affiliated cancer wellness centre.
Why did Hope & Cope establish a Wellness Centre?
More people are living longer after a cancer diagnosis than ever before. However, some treatments can have side effects that affect quality of life. The time was right to create a place where we could help patients and caregivers focus on living well, in mind, body and spirit, during and after cancer treatment.
Do I have to be a patient of the Jewish General Hospital to use the Centre?
No. The Wellness Centre is open to cancer patients and survivors from all hospitals in the Greater Montreal area…and beyond.
What is unique about the Hope & Cope Wellness Centre?
- It is the only hospital-affiliated cancer wellness centre in Quebec.
- It offers a fully equipped exercise room on the premises, supervised by a physiotherapist, an exercise physiologist and cancer-experienced volunteers.
- It is the only wellness centre in Quebec to have an integrated research program.
Is there a cost to use the Wellness Centre?
Thanks to the generosity of our donors, the Wellness Centre’s services are free of charge. Donations are always welcome, and tax receipts are provided.
How do I join the Wellness Centre?
Registration is essential. On your first visit, a member of our professional team will meet with you to learn more about your goals and to develop a wellness plan that is best suited to your needs. Call 514 340-3616 to schedule your registration appointment.
I am a caregiver. Can I use the Wellness Centre’s services?
Yes. We know that when a family member has cancer, everyone in the family is affected in one way or another. That’s why many of our programs are offered to caregivers as well, with some exceptions.
A part of the community
The Wellness Centre is a community effort, realized thanks to many generous individuals who believe that it is both possible and desirable to live well with and after cancer. Affectionately referred to as “Lou’s House”, in tribute to the memory of Lou Adler, the Centre is managed by Hope & Cope staff with the assistance of cancer-experienced volunteers. Course instructors and specialists graciously donate their time and expertise to help develop and teach a variety of classes and programs.
“Hope & Cope’s mission in 1981, and our mission today, remains the same: to provide cancer patients and their families with the knowledge, tools and resources to cope with all of the ramifications of cancer. We listen to their stories, we assess their situation, we give them a voice, and we develop and refine our programs and services in response to their needs.
All of this may seem obvious today, but back then, patients did not really have a voice. The doctor suggested the treatment plan, the patient complied and few questions were asked. The psychosocial needs of patients and their families were rarely, if ever, addressed.
Hope & Cope was a pioneer in one other very important aspect: our insistence on relying on trained, cancer-experienced volunteers, who work under the guidance and supervision of professional staff. We knew then, as we do now, that the wisdom of the lived experience is powerful.”
Excerpt from remarks by Sheila Kussner, O.C., O.Q., C.O.M. Founder and Past Chair of Hope & Cope, accepting her Honourary Doctorate from the Faculty of Nursing, Université de Montréal, November 4, 2010
Since its founding Hope & Cope has helped thousands of patients live well with cancer. We are recognized far and wide as a pioneer in supportive, evidence-based cancer care.
Thanks to our active research program, we continue to present our work at national and international conferences and to publish our results in peer reviewed journals.