Isadore and Rosalie Sharp name The Christopher Sharp Cancer Centre
TORONTO, Nov. 5, 2013 /CNW/ - Mount Sinai Hospital is pleased to
announce that Isadore and Rosalie Sharp have made an extraordinary $10 million gift that will further
strengthen the hospital's position as one of the largest (non-regional)
specialized cancer programs in Ontario. The newly named Christopher Sharp Cancer Centre will transform the experience for the close to 2,000 patients a year
who come to Mount Sinai for cancer surgery and for those who receive
medical oncology treatment including 4,000 chemotherapy patients. The
establishment of the centre is the latest infusion of support for The
Campaign to Renew Sinai, the largest campaign in the hospital's history
that will see the revitalization of its facilities and growth of its
internationally recognized clinical and research programs.
This gift follows a $5 million donation made in 2007 in honour of Mr. &
Mrs. Sharp's late son, Christopher, who died of cancer in 1978,
recognized through the naming of the Christopher Sharp Centre for
Surgical Oncology. With this new gift announcement of $10 million, the
total $15 million investment will be focused on the new Christopher
Sharp Cancer Centre which will build on the specialized oncology
programs for which Mount Sinai Hospital is internationally recognized: breast, urologic (bladder and prostate), sarcoma, head and neck and GI/colorectal/abdominal cancers. The outstanding clinical care at The Christopher Sharp Cancer Centre
will be integrated with the cancer research programs at Mount Sinai's
Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute.
Isadore Sharp, O.C., founder, chairman and former CEO of Four Seasons
Hotels and Resorts, is a recognized business and philanthropic leader
in Canada. He and his wife are long time donors to Mount Sinai
Hospital, having made their first gift over 40 years ago. In 2007,
they named one of the hospital's centres of excellence - The
Christopher Sharp Centre for Surgical Oncology. The couple has
previously named a wing in the hospital and Rosalie Sharp was the
interior designer of Mount Sinai's Marvelle Koffler Breast Centre. Mr.
Sharp is an honorary officer of the hospital's board of directors.
"While our motivation for supporting the extraordinary cancer care at
Mount Sinai is deeply personal, as a way to honour our late son's
memory, it is also rooted in a profound respect for the inspiring
clinical care delivered to patients every day at Mount Sinai," Isadore & Rosalie Sharp.
"As both business and philanthropic leaders, Isadore & Rosalie Sharp
have exemplified the pursuit of excellence and service. On behalf of
the many patients and families who are battling their cancer through
treatment at Mount Sinai, and the clinicians who strive every day to
ensure excellent outcomes, we extend our deepest thanks," Joseph Mapa, President and CEO, Mount Sinai Hospital.
"Issy and Rosalie have always had the vision to imagine a future with
the most innovative cancer treatments available to all patients.
Redefining patient care is what our Campaign to Renew Sinai is all
about and today, thanks to this generous gift, we are one step closer
to that goal," Brent S. Belzberg, Mount Sinai Hospital Foundation Management Board & Governing Council
Chairman, who also co-chairs the Hospital's Renew Sinai campaign.
For more information about Mount Sinai's specialized cancer programs
SOURCE: Mount Sinai Hospital
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