On May 8th, the BMP Hospital hall was full of supporters that wanted to cheer on the participants of the Challenge “Rasons nos cocos pour l’Onco”. This fundraising event raised a final amount of $24,170!
After seeing several friends and colleagues diagnosed with cancer, three BMP Hospital radiologists – Dr. Étienne Blain-Paré, Dr. Laurence Grand, Dr. Simon Robichaud – and the spouse of a patient treated at the hospital – Mr. Mario Dagenais – wanted to do their part for the cause. They decided to organize a challenge called “Rasons nos cocos pour l’Onco”. By shaving their heads, their objective was to recognize the extraordinary courage of cancer patients and the outstanding work done by the BMP Hospital Oncology Clinic staff.
Inspired and moved by the initiative, both the President, Mr. Mario Lagiomière, and the Executive Director, Ms. Lola Landes, of the BMP Foundation also participated.
Yesterday ten participants, including three children, shaved their heads: in addition to the people mentioned previously, Debbie Boright, Justin Boyer, Anaïs and Maverick Dagenais took part in the activity.
The funds raised will be dedicated to the upcoming relocation and reorganization of the BMP Hospital Oncology Clinic, especially to implement initiatives that improve the day to day well-being of patients undergoing treatments. The new facilities will provide more spacious rooms will offer users a calmer, warmer, and more relaxing environment conducive to recovery. In addition, it will enable staff to continue responding to the growing demand while simultaneously offering greater privacy and confidentiality to patients. The new clinic will open early 2018.
The BMP Foundation acknowledges the commitment and determination of the participants and sincerely thanks all those who supported them in this adventure.