Getting closer to a cure for brain cancer

Dr. Nada Jabado

The Foundation has always been proud to support research into pediatric diseases (last year alone, the Foundation contributed over $4 million to the Research Institute), but never more so than this month, when an international research team led by the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre announced a major genetic breakthrough that could change the way pediatric cancers are treated. The researchers identified two genetic mutations responsible for up to 40 per cent of glioblastomas in children - a fatal cancer of the brain that is unresponsive to chemo and radiotherapy treatment. The mutations were found to …

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Terry DiMonte is back!

Terry & Steven

And this time the tables are turned... Over the years, CHOM radio host Terry DiMonte has interviewed countless of The Children’s young patients and their families during the Caring for Kids Radiothon. To welcome him back to Montreal, we decided to turn the tables and send former Children’s patient Steven Croucher to interview Terry about what it’s like to be home after four years in Calgary, his favourite Radiothon moments, and more. Steven: So, Terry, what’s it like to be back in Montreal? Terry: Well, it’s really nice to be back. As you know, I was born and raised here. It was really tough to …

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A long journey home: Stefano’s big victory

Stefano Ruvo

Appearances can be deceiving. The first year of a child's life is without a doubt a period of great vulnerability. However, as you will read in the following story, newborns can also show incredible resilience, sometimes even against all odds. Born on December 1, 2009, Stefano Ruvo was transferred to The Children's at three days of age when doctors saw that he couldn't breathe on his own. After undergoing extensive tests, Stefano was diagnosed with Congenital Central Hypoventilation Syndrome (CCHS), a rare condition of the central nervous system. Doctors explained to parents Rosa and Vito Ruvo that, since Stefano's brain was …

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Greg Rokos is appointed Chairman of the Foundation’s Board of Directors


The Montreal Children’s Hospital Foundation is proud to announce that Mr. Greg Rokos was appointed Chairman of the Foundation’s Board of Directors at the Foundation’s Annual General Meeting on November 9. Mr. Rokos succeeds Dr. Nicolas Steinmetz, who was Chairman from 2006 to 2011. Founder and President of ESI Technologies, a leader in IT solutions, Mr. Rokos has a longstanding commitment to The Children’s and its Foundation. He joined the Foundation’s Board of Directors in 2003 and has since been a driving force in its major fundraising activities.

The Montreal Children’s Hospital Foundation has a new President


Dr. Nicolas Steinmetz, Chairman of the Board of Directors of The Montreal Children’s Hospital Foundation, is proud to announce the appointment of Ms. Marie-Josée Gariépy as Foundation President. Attorney and member of the Quebec Bar Association, Ms. Gariépy also has extensive expertise in taxation following studies at HEC Montréal. Having already acquired significant fundraising experience, Ms. Gariépy joined the Foundation in 2004 as Director of the Gift Planning Department. She is also a leader in the field of academics, having helped to develop the fundraising program at the Université de Montréal, where she currently teaches. She is regarded as one …

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