Edmond and Gloria Odette make landmark investment at Sunnybrook to help fight cancer

    Gift is the largest the Hospital has received in support of its cancer
    program and will establish the Edmond Odette Cancer Centre

    TORONTO, June 26 /CNW/ - Cancer care and research in Ontario received a
tremendous boost today in the form of a visionary investment from Edmond and
Gloria Odette to Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre's cancer program. To honour
the Odettes' philanthropy, the Toronto Sunnybrook Regional Cancer Centre, the
sixth largest comprehensive cancer centre in North America, will be re-named
the Edmond Odette Cancer Centre.
    "The Odettes' investment in our cancer program comes at a tremendously
important time for advancing the treatment of cancer here at the Odette Cancer
Centre, and for all Canadians," states Dr. Linda Rabeneck, Vice President,
Regional Cancer Services, Sunnybrook and Regional Vice President, Cancer Care
Ontario. "Our cancer care providers and researchers are second to none, and
this investment will afford them with the exceptional facilities and
state-of-the-art equipment to continue their extraordinary work."
    The Odettes' funding is targeted to improving patient care. Dedicated
advocates of ensuring that all patients have access to the best care
available, the Odettes are funding a series of equipment purchases and
facilities upgrades, all aimed at giving Hospital healthcare staff the tools
and space with which to best treat Sunnybrook's cancer patients. The
investments range from support of expanded chemotherapy suites to innovative
brachytherapy facilities to converting our breast imaging facility to a
digital mammography platform. The entire cancer program at Sunnybrook, and its
10,000 new patients each year, will benefit from the Odettes' investment.
    "We are passionate supporters of Sunnybrook, and have made this
investment because we have witnessed firsthand the tremendous work of the
staff at the Cancer Centre," notes Edmond Odette. "We wanted to make our
contribution where we felt it would have the greatest impact, and with over a
quarter of a million patient visits per year, Sunnybrook's Cancer Program was
the most logical choice."
    Edmond Odette co-founded, with his brother Louis, Eastern Construction,
one of the largest construction companies in Canada. This is not the first
time that Ed and Gloria Odette have made a significant investment in
Sunnybrook. Along with other initiatives within the Cancer Program, the
Odettes have also contributed towards the Endovascular Aneurysm Repair
Vascular Program, a minimally invasive technique used to treat high-risk
patients at the Schulich Heart Centre, the Ophthalmology Department,
purchasing a new PET CT scanner, and equipment for the Otolaryngology
Department and the Holland Orthopaedic & Arthritic Centre.
    The Odettes have also been active members of the Sunnybrook Foundation's
family and have passed their generous spirit on to the next generation, as
their daughter, Anne Odette Kaye is Vice-Chair of the Foundation's Governing
Council and sits on the Sunnybrook Foundation board.
    "The contributions the Odettes have made to Sunnybrook and the care
provided to the one million patients who rely on the hospital every year
really can't be overstated," says Jennifer Tory, Chair of the Sunnybrook
Foundation Board of Directors. "The Odettes truly stand out as philanthropic
leaders in the community and across Canada. From the entire Sunnybrook family
and everyone who has benefited from the exceptional care provided here, we
thank them."

    The Odette Cancer Centre at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre provides
care to over 10,000 new patients every year and offers a full range of
outpatient and inpatient treatment and supportive care programs, is a Cancer
Care Ontario partner and is fully affiliated with the University of Toronto.
    The Odette Cancer Centre is the sixth largest comprehensive cancer centre
in North America, ranked among a select group who engage in intense research,
community outreach and who provide the full spectrum of patient care.

For further information:

For further information: Natalie Chung-Sayers, Sunnybrook Community &
Stakeholder Relations, (416) 480-6100 x2253

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