Open House at the Goodman Cancer Research Centre

Spring 2011

Nahum Sonenberg (centre) explains the progress being made at the Goodman Cancer Research Centre while researcher Tommy Alain (left) and Giancarlo Mirabelli (right), from Imprimerie Groupe Deux Printing, a Centre sponsor, look on. Photo Credit: Nicolas Morin

The November 22 open house gave donors a chance to see first-hand some of the Centre’s recent progress. It was also an opportunity for the Faculty of Medicine to give thanks for the generous contribution of $100,000 from the estate of the late André Aisenstadt.

“These gifts are world-changing for us,” the Centre’s director Michel Tremblay told a gathering of about 60 people. “The Centre will be at the forefront of the next generation of personalized medicine.”

In her remarks, Rosalind Goodman, BA’63, noted that contracting cancer “is not a death sentence, and treating it is not an impossible dream.” She spoke from personal experience. Doctors gave Rosalind Goodman only five years to live when they diagnosed her with lung cancer, but that was more than four years ago, and her health thus far has been strong and the disease has been kept in check.

“I don’t think anyone can tell you something like that — how many years you have left,” she said. “I’m not surviving with cancer, I’m thriving with it.”

Doctors also diagnosed the Goodmans’ son Jonathan with Hodgkin’s lymphoma some 20 years ago. At the time, he had to travel to Boston for treatment, but such trips are no longer necessary, Mrs. Goodman said. “I want our scientists to act as a magnet to attract and keep the best brains in Montreal. That’s why we gave our gift, to keep the world-class scientists here.”

Dean Richard I. Levin, the evening’s emcee, summed up the spirit of the open house with his concluding remarks, paying tribute to the Goodman family and all the Centre’s donors.

“Thank you for all you do,” he said.  “Your constant striving to give back to the community does so much for the cause of medicine and for the improvement of the human prospect.”

[Billy Shields]

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