Amanda's story - A young 22 years old girl collects $75,000 to help other cancer patients!

    MONTREAL, Dec. 19 /CNW Telbec/ - Young Amanda Dawn Sculnick, a 22 years
old patient treated for cancer at the Centre hospitalier de l'Université de
Montréal (CHUM), has raised $75,000 in partnership with the CHUM Foundation to
improve the surroundings for patients who undergo chemotherapy.
    Amanda learned in July that she was suffering from a form of cancer
called Hodgkin's disease. She was however fortunate to have the support of her
family and friends to help her through these difficult times. Someone offered
her a portable DVD player as she could watch movies and at the same time, keep
her mind away from the chemotherapy treatment which can take several hours.
"Unlike me, many patients, of all ages, are alone during their treatment and
have nothing else to do than to think about their fate," said Amanda. She
therefore decided to raise money to equip each and every chemotherapy chair
with a television set.
    On December 9th, she organized a benefit luncheon and an auction at La
Sirène Restaurant (TMR) which helped her raise $75,000. In January 2008,
Amanda's project will start at the CHUM.
    "The initiative of this courageous young lady is exceptional," said Ekram
Antoine Rabbat, president and CEO of the CHUM Foundation. "At the Foundation,
all of our activities have the ultimate goal of helping patients, which is why
we are very pleased to help her realize this project."
    And it is not the end of it! Amanda wants to do more, always with the aim
of making the room more comfortable for chemotherapy patients. Those wishing
to contribute to her cause may contact Anne-Marie Côté, Special Events
Coordinator, Fondation du CHUM,

    About the Foundation

    The CHUM Foundation exists since 1998. Its mission is to raise funds to
supplement the public funding of the CHUM in order to contribute to the
constant improvement of patient care, to allow for the purchase of equipment
and to respond to the development needs of the CHUM in the areas of research,
teaching and health promotion. It has financed the purchase of the first PET
camera in Montreal, a device that allows for early detection of tumours and
other abnormalities in tissues.

For further information:

For further information: Anne-Marie Côté, Special Events Coordinator,
Fondation du CHUM, (514) 890-8077, ext. 35208,; Source: Chantal Deleuil, Director
communication & marketing, Fondation du CHUM, (514) 890-8361,

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