Donors, Supporters and Volunteers

Today, cancer has touched almost everyone’s life in one way or another. This far-reaching, often deadly disease has many faces and affects without bias.

Hope is more than a concept, however, in the fight against cancer: it is a reality. Research has resulted in advancements in treatment and prevention that are having a huge impact on many lives. And lives are also being saved.

Research has been inspired and made possible by the countless efforts of so many individuals—ordinary people who are making an enormous difference in the struggle to eradicate this disease.

The Department of Oncology is extremely grateful for each and every one of its many benefactors, whose generous support contributes enormously to our ability to realize our goals. Each individual donation is a step towards a positive future.

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Following are some of the Department of Oncology's most generous donors.

The Bronfman Family

The creation of the Department of Oncology was made possible by a generous donation from the Bronfman family, who chose this manner in which to commemorate the late Minda de Gunzburg, daughter of Samuel and Saidye Bronfman, wife of Baron Alain de Gunzburg, and herself a victim of cancer.

As a result of the Bronfmans’ generosity, the Gerald Bronfman Centre for Cancer Research became a reality. The Marjorie and Gerald Bronfman Endowment provides the means to initiate innovative programs in cancer research that will have a profound impact on the quality of patient care.

Wall of Plaques in the Gerald Bronfman Centre

Neil MacDonald and Mary Jane MacDonald in front of plaques commemorating our benevolent donors.

First Row:
The Cancer Research Society Division of Epidemiology
Minde de Gunzburg Chair in Oncology
Herbert Black Chair in Surgical Oncology
Eric M. Flanders Chair in Palliative Medicine
Mike Rosenbloom Chair in Radiation Oncology
Louis Lowenstein Chair in Hematology & Oncology

Second Row:

Rita Steinberg Goldfarb Scientist Award
Janine Riesman Research Scientist Award
Helen & Sam Steinberg Family Career Scientist Award
Gertrude & Stanley Vinberg Clinical Scientist Award

Third Row:
The Birks Family Foundation
The Gerald & Marjorie Bronfman Foundation
The Schouela Family
The Webster Family

Fourth Row:
Lynda Turner Memorial Fund
The Cedar Cancer Institute at the RVH
Sheila Kussner in Appreciation
Ruth & Alex Working Scholarship Fund
Rona & Irving Leavitt Family Foundation Scholarship

Endowed Chairs

The Department of Oncology is privileged to have nine endowed chairs.

  • The Herbert Black Chair in Surgical Oncology, held by Franck Bladou
  • The Jack Cole Chair in Pediatric Oncology & Hematology, held by Janusz Rak
  • The Minda De Gunzburg Chair in Oncology, held by Eduardo Franco
  • The Eric M. Flanders Chair in Palliative Medicine, held by Bernard Lapointe
  • The Alexander Goldfarb Research Chair in Medical Oncology, held by Michael Pollak
  • The Jeanne and Jean-Louis Levesque Chair in Cancer Research, held by Michel Tremblay
  • The Michael Rosenbloom Chair in Radiation Oncology, held by Carolyn Freeman
  • The Christine and Herschel Victor/Hope &  Cope Chair in Psychosocial Oncology, held by Carmen Loiselle
  • The Louis Lowenstein Chair in Hematology and Oncology, held by Jean-Pierre Routy

The Cancer Research Society

Cedars Institute

The Cedars Cancer Institute at the Royal Victoria Hospital has been generating support for cancer research since its establishment in 1966. Its many special fundraising events include the Golf Tournament and Gala, the Valentine’s Day dance, the Cedars raffle and water polo.

Left:  Dr. Henry Shibata and Mystery Woman.

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Top:  "Tina Turner" entertains guests at the 2005 Cedars Cancer Institute Gala.


Investor's Group Fund in support of GI Cancer.


Lynda Turner Golf Tournament

Established in memory of Lynda Turner after her death from breast cancer. Each year, this event raises approximately $65,000, which is donated to the Department of Oncology.


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Winners on the Laurentian course:  Nicole Pichette, Lise Champagne and Andée Goulet, here with QBCF Chairman, Cynthia Price Verreault.  (also on the winning team but absent from the picture:  Michèle David)

From Left to Right: Ginette Faucher, France Drolet, Ida Godefroy, Amy Singer, April Caluori, Karen Cavanagh.

Weekend to End Breast Cancer

McGill's Breast Buddies raised over $17,000 for the 2005 Weekend to End Breast Cancer.


Hope and Cope - L'espoir, c'est la vie

Hope and Cope was established in 1981 by Sheila Kussner. Staffed by volunteers who have had a personal experience with cancer and guided by professional social workers, Hope & Cope is a psychosocial program for patients, families and friends dealing with a diagnosis of cancer.

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