Inspiring story lights up another exceptional Survivorship Day celebration

It’s always inspiring to see so many excited faces before a Survivorship Day Celebration.

This year was no exception.

As cancer survivors walked into the Block amphitheatre of the Montreal Jewish General Hospital, they all had an expectant look on their faces. Some came alone, many came accompanied by friends and family.

And they weren’t disappointed.

Hope & Cope’s interim executive director, Sara Saber-Freedman led the evening with grace and poise.

Mike Flinker delivered a thought-provoking story filled with highs and lows, at times funny and at times poignant.

When you hear Mike’s story, you realize it’s never easy, no matter who you are or what your cancer journey is.

You receive a cancer diagnosis, and you become an unwitting member of this community, this family.

Despite his considerable business success, Mike’s survivorship story contains the same elements as other cancer survivors:

  • Fight as hard as you can because your life is on the line.
  • Don’t take on the fight alone. Get allies from friends and family. And if they can’t help, find organizations like Hope & Cope to support you.
  • Ask your doctor as many questions as you need to truly understand your situation. You’re the only one who knows what you want to know. Some want a lot of information, others don’t. Doctors will only answer the questions you ask.
  • Never give up. Hope is the only fuel that will keep you going.

After his speech, Mike took time to answer survivors’ questions and listen to their comments.

Mike Flinker delivering his speech

Many survivors shared how important Hope & Cope’s services and community have been in their cancer journey. They also expressed how much they wished more doctors and more hospitals were aware of the existence of Hope & Cope.

Because, yes, Hope & Cope still remains one of the greatest unknown gems of the health community. We’ve still got our work cut out for us!

Never give up. Hope is the only fuel that will keep you going.

At the end of the evening, we held a draw and 12 lucky people left with a door prize.

Of course, everyone received a loot bag!

People had a bigger smile on their faces when they left than when they arrived.

They found inspiration and hope for their future.

And that’s what this event is all about.


If you weren’t able to attend this year’s event, we will have a recording and pictures in the upcoming days.

In the meantime, though, we invite you to share your survivorship story.

As Mike and other cancer survivors showed, sharing the story of where you are today and how you got there gives hope to someone who’s just been diagnosed with cancer.

Share your story today

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