The Weekend Unveils Historic Plaque
The Pharmaprix Weekend To End Women's Cancers Unveils Historic Plaque To Commemorate Expansion Of The Breast Referral And Investigation Centre At The Jewish General Hospital On 4th Annual National Wear It Pink Day
Dr. Gerald Batist, Director of the Segal Cancer Centre at the Jewish General Hospital, delivers powerful address to JGH doctors, researchers, cancer survivors and calls on all Quebecers to register for the 2013 Weekend event.
(MONTREAL, January 23, 2013) – The Pharmaprix Weekend To End Women’s
Cancers unveiled a commemorative plaque at the Jewish General Hospital to
commemorate the hospital’s newly expanded Breast Referral and Investigation
Centre in Montreal on Wednesday. The unveiling
is part of a broader effort by the Jewish General Hospital to celebrate 8 years
of life-saving research, prevention and care programs for all women’s cancers
in Quebec on the 4th annual National “Wear It Pink Day.”
“2013 is a particularly notable year for the Pharmaprix
Weekend To End Women’s Cancers, as it marks our 9th time holding this
extraordinary event,” said Dr.
Gerald Batist, Director of the Segal Cancer Centre at the Jewish General
to unveil this historic plaque which recognizes the pivotal contribution The
Weekend has made to the JGH’s Cancer Program by enabling us to expand our
Breast Centre in 2012 while supporting 8 years of
life-saving research, prevention and care programs for all women’s cancers here
in Montreal. The Centre is designed to
enhance the support and quality of care patients receive. By relocating the centre to within the Segal
Cancer Centre, we’re enabling for improved continuity of this care.” Dr. Batist added.
In 8 years, the Montreal Weekend raised more than $49.8 million for JGH making it the largest multi-day walk for women’s cancers in
Quebec history. The
annual event brings together communities of cancer survivors and their
supporters who spend months fundraising and training for the two-day walk in
“In March of 2005, I was diagnosed with breast cancer and had to undergo
a lumpectomy, chemotherapy, and radiation,” says Alice Ribeiro, a Kirkland
resident, who has participated in The Weekend for the last 7 years.
“I was very fortunate to be treated at the Jewish General Hospital with
their incredible doctors, nurses and staff. Two summers after my diagnosis, I
signed up for The Weekend and have been coming back every year since. I
consider myself lucky not only for having battled cancer, but also for having
the opportunity to witness first hand the impact of the funds raised at The
Segal Cancer Centre,” added Ribeiro.
Funds raised by The Weekend also enable the Jewish
General Hospital to attract and retain world-renowned doctors like Dr. Jean-François
Boileau and Dr. Celia Greenwood who work alongside team of doctors, researchers
and scientists at the Segal Cancer Centre on various cancer research projects
to better understand and treat the disease.
“This year alone, 7,630 Quebecers will be diagnosed with a women’s
cancer and 1,795 will die from the disease.
Thanks to Weekend funds, more than a dozen research projects are now underway
at the JGH. While our teams are making remarkable advancements and
discoveries, we have more to do in pursuit of a cancer-free world for all
Quebecers. We are calling on everyone,
from all walks of life in the province to get
involved. Register yourself and ask a
friend or family member to join you for our 9th annual Weekend event
by visiting www.endcancer.ca or by
calling (514) 393-9255,” Dr. Batist added.
The 2013 Weekend will be held on August
24th and 25th in Montreal and will route walkers through
a range of diverse neighbourhoods and along pristine waterfront of the Saint
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