In 2018, I learned that I had breast cancer. It was a dreadful shock, especially considering that my daughter had received a lymphoma diagnosis the year before. It was a difficult time, one that we were lucky to get through.
I’m reaching out to you now as the Foundation’s goodwill ambassador. As is the case each year, the Cancer Foundation’s corporate campaign is asking the Quebec business community to step up in support of the programs and services it makes available to people facing cancer throughout the province.
One out of every two Quebecers will be touched by cancer at some point in their life. This statistic is scary, for behind the number lies thousands of people just like you and I, people who will have every aspect of their lives turned upset down by this terrible disease.
Given our health network which can seem nearly inhumane and cruel, albeit due to a shortage of resources and time, any support made available to people with cancer during and after their illness is a blessing.
Too many people feel as though they must face this ordeal alone. The Foundation meets needs in this regard by offering a variety of physical well-being programs, psychological support, and assistance and companionship services for patients, loved ones and health professionals. It also has a corporate support program that can benefit employers and the self-employed.
In 2022, the Foundation introduced its Support program for daily living activities, an initiative aimed at people with cancer in a precarious situation. Its new legal aid progrm also provides free legal services to the latter. These novel and inspiring programs not only bring hope, but they also enable thousands of people with cancer to focus on their healing rather than having to worry over their finances.
Thanks to the Foundation’s 6 Lodges offering accommodations, nearly 30,000 nightly stays (that’s 50% more than in 2021) were offered to people facing cancer, so that they could be near their treatment facility and avoid the grind of daily travel or various expenses. Also, at least one of the Foundation’s services (and sometimes more) is offered in close to 30 institutions in Quebec.