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Message from Myer Bick, President and CEO of Jewish General Hospital Foundation

On behalf of the Jewish General Hospital and the Pharmaprix Weekend to End Women’s Cancers, I would like to personally thank you for supporting this outstanding event, previously known as the Weekend to End Breast Cancer. Indeed, it is through your support of our dedicated walkers and crew that we have been able to raise more than $45 million over the past 7 years.

Some of the work that we have been doing with these funds includes:

  • Supporting the creation of a Breast Tumour Registry
  • Supporting the Translational Radiation Oncology Laboratory
  • Recruiting internationally renowned clinician researchers that specialise in cancer genetics
  • Discovering a link between the PALB2 gene and breast cancer
  • Discovering how a specific molecule helps cancer cells repair themselves after treatment
  • Laying the ground work for development of a blood test to detect breast cancer
  • Personalizing therapies using blood biomarkers
  • Studying the tumour microenvironment

For more information about these projects, select here

  • Purchasing specialized equipment such as a confocal spinning disk microscope, a Ventana Discovery staining platform and a flow cytometry unit that allow researchers to further their studies

For more information about this equipment, select here

However, there remains much to do and we still need your support. The statistics speak for themselves; one in seven Canadian women will be diagnosed with a women’s cancer during her lifetime. These women are our mothers, daughters, sisters and friends and we want to ensure that the best care is being developed for them so that they will have the best possible chance of a positive outcome. The physicians and researchers at the JGH are committed to continuing this work, but they cannot do it alone.

That is why is it critical that we all continue to support this important event: the Pharmaprix Weekend to End Women’s Cancers. Our support may take the form of donating to a friend or colleague; working as a volunteer or Crew Member on the event or even walking the 30km, 1-day event or the 60km, 2-day distance.

I have participated in each of the past 7 Weekends and can attest to the amazing experience of visiting the varied neighbourhoods of our fair city on foot; of laughing and crying with friends and perfect strangers; and to the feeling of personal accomplishment that comes with crossing that finish line each year. I am registered again for the 2012 edition and I invite you, if you have never had the opportunity to walk with us, to join me and thousands of other Montrealers as we walk together to bring an end to all women’s cancers.


Kindest regards,

Myer Bick
President and CEO
Jewish General Hospital Foundation