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, Jan. 23, 2013 /CNW/ - 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 Hospital.
"We're honoured 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 Montreal.
"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 Lawrence River.
SOURCE: The Weekend To End Women's Cancers
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