Financial Assistance to Help Fight Against Cancer

    LEVIS, QC, Sept. 3 /CNW Telbec/ - Because of the ever-increasing number
of cases of all types of cancer, the Canadian Cancer Society (CCS) and
Desjardins Financial Security have joined forces to minimize the financial
hardships of people suffering from cancer and their families. Desjardins
Financial Security started by making a $25,000 donation to the CCS's Financial
Assistance Program, and will continue to support the CCS by donating a portion
of the annual premiums for every new GetWell Insurance contract issued over
the next two years. GetWell Insurance is a brand new product that offers
coverage against the financial consequences of cancer. The CCS will use these
funds to offer financial assistance to people affected by this disease, based
on certain eligibility criteria.
    "Our partnership with Desjardins Financial Security will make it easier
for us to support cancer patients so they can focus on getting better," says
Jean Pierre Laurin, Assistant Executive Director of the Canadian Cancer
Society, Quebec Division.
    "In 2008, our material and financial assistance program paid out more
than $900,000 in allowances and refunds for parking and transportation
expenses, plus other essential supplies," indicates Mr. Laurin. The average
five-year survival rate following a diagnosis is 62%. It is estimated that
171,000 Canadians (44,200 in Quebec) will be diagnosed with cancer in 2009,
which will no doubt entail financial repercussions for many of them. "All too
often during cancer treatment, income drops and expenses add up because of the
costs related to care and services that are not covered. As a result, the CCS
will see an increase in the number of requests for financial assistance,"
concludes Mr. Laurin.

    One-of-a-kind insurance

    After diagnosis, life goes on. Desjardins Financial Security's GetWell
Insurance helps lighten the financial burden caused by cancer treatment. This
insurance pays a tax-free, lump-sum benefit on the first diagnosis of cancer.
Insureds are free to use this amount as they see fit, so they can focus their
efforts on getting better or helping an insured family member recover. The
insurance also includes convalescence and psychological assistance services to
help get through this difficult period.
    "We know that cancer strikes regardless of a person's age, gender or
situation. We also know that the treatment-related expenses have an impact on
those affected by cancer. In designing GetWell Insurance, we made sure that it
is easy to buy, and offers broader eligibility criteria and very affordable
premiums so that as many people as possible can protect themselves against the
financial consequences of cancer," says François Morel, an AssurDirect advisor
at Desjardins Financial Security.
    To learn more about GetWell Insurance, go to:

    About Desjardins Financial Security

    Desjardins Financial Security, a subsidiary of Desjardins Group, the
largest integrated cooperative financial group in Canada, specializes in
providing life insurance, health insurance and retirement savings products to
individuals and groups. Every day, over five million Canadians rely on
Desjardins Financial Security to ensure their financial well-being. Desjardins
Financial Security employs some 3,800 people and administers over $20.4
billion in assets from offices in several cities across the country, including
Vancouver, Calgary, Winnipeg, Toronto, Ottawa, Montréal, Québec, Lévis,
Halifax and St. John's. For more information, visit our website at

For further information:

For further information: Stéphanie Vilandré, Communications Advisor,
Communications, (418) 838-7800, ext. 3394, Toll free: 1-877-828-7800, ext.
3394,; Virtual pressroom:

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