It’s been an exciting summer and fall, with volunteers front and centre at many Hope & Cope events.

Cancer survivors were treated to a Comedy Show on July 25th featuring some of the hottest names in standup comedy who generously shared their time and their tremendous talent with us. Organized once again with panache by Jodi Lieberman and her partners at Comedy Gives Back, the show brought laughter to those who need it most. A group of enthusiastic gracious volunteers were on hand to greet guests and help with set up and logistics. Read what comics Elon Gold and Jimmy Carr had to say about performing at Hope & Cope here:comics let loose for cancer survivors

The 12th edition of the always fabulous Dorval, Sources and Saint-Henri Auto Parts Walk-a-thon, held on Sunday, September 8th, went off without a hitch. An enthusiastic crowd of participants who gathered early in the morning at St. Park in Chomedey, Laval, were treated to strong Greek coffee and grilled cheese sandwiches before setting out on the scenic 7 km route. Walkers were rewarded for their efforts with a delicious BBQ lunch followed by a raffle that featured dozens of great prizes. Hope & Cope’s team of walkers, including Wellness Centre participants, volunteers and staff, raised $5,000, which will be added to the grand total, still being tallied by the organizers. All funds support our cancer exercise and rehabilitation program at the Wellness Centre.

On October 7, in conjunction with the Canadian Cancer Society, we were pleased to host BRA (Breast Reconstruction Awareness) Day. Breast reconstruction experts from the Jewish General Hospital presented available options and women who had undergone the procedures were on hand to answer questions in the “Show and Tell” lounge.

On September 26th, we hosted a Wellness Centre Open House. In addition to regularly scheduled activities, the day featured informal chats and Q&A sessions on topics such as Sexuality after Cancer and Spirituality as a Path to Healing; workshops on making essential oils and a cooking demonstration on everything one can do with apples. Once again, hospitality volunteers were on hand to welcome and greet visitors, give tours and answer questions. Several staff members form the JGH Segal Cancer Centre were among the 85 visitors who came to check out our diverse cancer wellness programs.

We were pleased to participate in Montreal’s first ever PROJECTION Week, October 14-20 – a week of dialogue about death, dying and planning around end-of-life issues. From cultural events to panel discussions to workshops and everything else in between, the week featured more than 120 events. Hope & Cope proudly hosted five events including: a vernissage of art work created in our Wellness Centre art studio, 4 Mourning Walks, 2 presentations of our En famille book series on Talking to Children about Cancer, a panel on Demystifying Palliative Care and an interactive workshop called Let’s Talk about the “D” Word. Our participation also allowed us to welcome new people to Hope & Cope and to highlight the multitude of support services we provide to cancer patients and their loved ones.