As you know, for more than ten years now, I’ve devoted my time to a cause that is very dear to me: the breast cancer cause of the Quebec Breast Cancer Foundation. The Foundation team and all their volunteers work actively on several fronts to fight breast cancer through raising awareness, education, providing support to people affected by the disease and their loved ones, as well as through research and innovation.
Today I’m taking the time to write to you about the last two of these components. On May 3, I had the enormous pleasure of attending the Liés pour la vie concert organized by the Foundation during which some exciting news about the $1 Million to Help contest was announced.
To give you some background information, the $1 Million to Help contest, organized by the Foundation, aims to support innovative projects that help make a real difference for affected women, their surroundings, and for health professionals. Well then, this year, more than $850,000 will be allocated to six organizations across Quebec to help them implement their projects aimed at making a veritable difference in the advancement of the cause!
Six inspiring projects will be launched thanks to this investment:
- a pilot project in screening, raising awareness and cognitive and affective intervention for women affected by breast cancer being treated at the Hôpital Maisonneuve-Rosemont;
- a program for the prevention of muscle-skeletal complications in patients treated for breast cancer at the Hôpital Charles-Le Moyne;
- the purchase of a new mammography unit for the Hôpital Hôtel-Dieu de Gaspé;
- preoperative care for anyone recently diagnosed with breast cancer to assess and monitor the reduction of risk of developing a dysfunction following treatment and to teach its management, for the McGill University Health Centre;
- an application that allows access to personalized information for women preparing to undergo breast surgery, that is based on other women’s testimonials and experiences, for the St. Mary Hospital Centre;
- a leading-edge mammography unit and a stereotaxy table for the Hôtel-Dieu d’Arthabaska.
Projects such as these make it possible to make a real difference in the lives of affected people and their loved ones, for survivors and all the women who may receive a breast cancer diagnosis during their lifetime. Thanks to such initiatives, I’m convinced we’re moving forward one step at a time, towards a future without breast cancer, and I’m proud to be part of this great movement. And it’s also thanks to you that we’re succeeding in bringing about change, and it’s through this cause that we can all be united for life.