Donor Spotlight

August 2014

The power of philanthropy has been transformational for The Neuro. The philanthropic vision and generosity of our donors has enabled The Neuro to remain at the very forefront of health research and patient care for 8 decades.
Thank you for making a difference!

Raising Funds for Brain Cancer Treatment

On June 16th, long-time Neuro supporters Brian Levitt, Madeleine Paquin, John Swidler and Abe Wexler co-hosted a fundraising cocktail reception at Richter Montreal in support of Dr. Kevin Petrecca’s “Next Generation” brain cancer treatment program. This successful event raised more than $200,000 for precision medicine, a breakthrough approach in the evolution of brain cancer treatment which involves identifying the molecular and genomic signature of each cancer in order to identify appropriate therapeutic options.  This allows doctors to tailor treatment to patients’ biological characteristics. This program will help ensure that each patient is treated with the appropriate existing therapy and that emerging therapeutics can be rapidly and efficiently developed. The success of this initiative has brought Dr. Petrecca and his team closer to the $1.5 million which is still required to fund this groundbreaking program over the next three years.

Bikers Against Brain Cancer, founded in 2010 by Dr. Paul Poirier, is an annual motorcycle ride to raise awareness and funds for brain cancer research and patient care.  This year the ride was held in the Cornwall – Ottawa area at the end of June and was organized with the Kinsmen Club of Cornwall.  Neurosurgeon Dr. Kevin Petrecca was a guest speaker at the associated Spaghetti Fundraising Dinner.  Each year, these events raise awareness and thousands of dollars for brain tumour research at The Neuro.  Our gratitude goes out to Dr. Poirier and all the participants.

Helping Stroke Patients
Earlier this year, the family of Brant Moscovitch made a generous donation to purchase critical equipment for The Neuro’s Stroke Unit – two patient lifts that are essential for the safe and comfortable movement of stoke victims. In 2005, Brant, then 23 years old, was injured while playing basketball.  He required surgery and rehabilitation for a herniated disk. In recognition of the outstanding care he received from Dr. Mohammad Maleki and The Neuro’s clinical care team, Brant and his family were happy to give back and told us “your hospital, its staff and Dr. Maleki have given us more than we could every repay”. Brant made a full recovery and is now working toward a Ph.D. in History at Oxford University in England.

MUHC Legacy Year Celebrations – kick off BBQ

Thanks to the more than 130 Neuro staff members that attended the MUHC Legacy Year BBQ on May 23, 2014.  This dedicated group raised $440 towards a family room at the Glen Site hospital.  Thanks also go out to Costco for sponsoring the BBQ. To see more photos, please visit The Neuro’s facebook page.

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