The Cause

Nearly 1 in 2 Canadians is expected to be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. When cancer strikes, Hope & Cope is there for patients and their families, helping them navigate this often frightening experience. Every day at Hope & Cope, we are inspired by the spirit and determination of cancer patients who choose to live life to the fullest. It is on their behalf that we invite you to join us as we Tell Cancer to Take a Hike!

Now in its 38th year, Hope & Cope’s mission is to help people cope with the physical, emotional and practical effects of cancer. We are a non-sectarian, non-profit organization that delivers evidence-based, innovative programs free of charge at our unique free-standing Cancer Wellness Centre and sites at the Jewish General Hospital. Our Wellness Centre offers a home-like, welcoming environment with a fully equipped gym, spacious yoga studio, demonstration kitchen, cozy living rooms, art studio and beautiful garden. Hope & Cope has the knowledge, expertise and compassion to help people live well at every stage of cancer.

     

Hope & Cope does not receive funding from the Quebec government. We rely on the support of the community to keep us going strong and to keep our services free.



Impact of your dollars

A few Hope & Cope FACTS:
• 1400 new cancer patient referrals per year
• 3000 patients benefited from our one-of-a-kind exercise program in the last 11 years

Tell Cancer to Take a Hike
"
TALK
is cheap ... ACTIONS speak louder than words.
        Let YOUR voice be heard ...
                ACT NOW to keep HOPE ALIVE!
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Patient Voices

Patients are grateful for Hope & Cope’s services, delivered with great care, compassion and professionalism.

Jennifer MacKenzie, a 36 year old young adult diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer a year ago reached out to Hope & Cope just after her diagnosis. Here is what she had to say about our annual weekend retreat in the Eastern Townships for young adults with cancer and their supporters. “This retreat has been one of the best things to come into my life in the past year…It is important to know that you are not alone. I have a loving family and amazing friends, but no one can understand you the way other young adults facing this life path can. The weekend was like a refueling of the soul. I came home with wonderful new relationships and a new understanding of myself. I felt normal again.

As a commercial pilot who was used to assessing and managing risks, Ted Stenton thought he could deal with cancer on his own. After signing up for one of our Coping Skills workshops at the Wellness Centre, he quickly realized that Hope & Cope was a valuable ally in his fight against cancer. He participated in the Centre’s weekly yoga classes, began exercising in the gym, joined our Men’s Club and was matched with a cancer-experienced volunteer peer mentor. “One of the things that having cancer teaches you is that you can’t do it by yourself… (The Wellness Centre) is like a group of guardian angels. The concern that everyone has here for each other is amazing…I tell everybody who is diagnosed, ‘you need Hope & Cope.

Hope & Cope is home to more than 450 volunteers who have lived through and beyond the cancer journey and are motivated by the desire to give back. Wanda Jaslinska is a breast cancer survivor who was amazed by the tremendous support and the numerous services offered by Hope & Cope in her time of need. Now she gives back and pays it forward by providing compassionate care, learning from the resilience of the diverse people she meets at the Hope & Cope reception desk on the 7th floor of the Jewish General Hospital.

Testimonials from Hope & Cope’s Unsung Heroes – our 2018 climbers and hikers

“I was motivated by the challenge of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro and the desire to give back to the Hope & Cope community that helped my wife 26 years ago when she was faced with cancer. I am proud to have raised $85,000!” Nicki Lang

“As a passionate hiker and a committed fundraiser, I who left no stone unturned to successfully raise over $25,000. I am happy to pay it forward by helping cancer patients climb their own mountains.” Joy Bultz

“I decided to climb Kilimanjaro after surviving a diagnosis of colon cancer at the age of 36. I simply wanted to give back to Hope & Cope to try to repay a debt. I will never let cancer define me or stop me from doing the things I choose to do!” Stéphane Duclos

“After being diagnosed with stage 2, triple negative breast cancer, I got involved with the hikes as a personal challenge to help raise money to support Hope & Cope - a soft place to land where people find support in an unconditional, non-judgmental atmosphere.” Tracy McKee

“The Kilimanjaro climb was an unforgettable 10-day journey. We bonded as father and son and were rewarded with a great sense of accomplishment, raising $33,000, and overcoming mental and physical challenges to climb 18,650 ft. The climb was definitely a metaphor for cancer – things don’t always go as planned, there are obstacles in your path and you have to adjust, regroup and cope the best you can.” David Martz and his son, Richard Martz