Sarah’s Fund is dedicated to support the needs of the Pediatric Hematology – Oncology patients and their families by providing the best patient care to improve the quality of life for young cancer patients on the Sarah’s floor (7B) at the new Montreal Children’s Hospital.
The Sarah’s Fund strives to make a meaningful difference in every child’s life that has been touched by cancer at the Montreal Children’s Hospital at the MUHC.
A Message from Sarah:
Fifteen years ago, I walked into the Montreal Children’s Hospital. In a moment, my life and my family’s life changed forever.
When I was eight years old, I was diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer.
For one year, I received chemotherapy and radiation at the Montreal Children’s Hospital. I also under went many surgeries, one to remove the fibula bone and two others to correct the alignment of my foot with a tendon transfer and fusing the foot in one direction. I had many wonderful doctors throughout the years, including Dr. Mitchell, Dr. Kavan, Dr, Isler, Dr. Fassier, and Dr. Freeman.
One night in my hospital room, I decided that when I got better I wanted to raise money to buy new pillows for the other children on the floor. I was faced with this illness, but I was inspired to look past my own challenge and try to make a difference in the lives of the other children. I understood how hard it is, so I wanted to make it a little easier for other people in similar experiences. My family and I started raising money and now, 15 years later, we have raised over $9 million for Sarah’s floor pediatric hematology – oncology division of the Montreal Children’s Hospital.
My family and I have made it our mission to make a meaningful difference in every child’s life that has been touched by cancer at the Montreal Children’s Hospital.
On behalf of everyone at Sarah Fund, my family and I thank you for your generosity in helping us provide the Best Care for Life to our community’s youngest patients.
A Message from the Founders, Lorena and Norman Cook:
Faced with illness, our family and close friends began to view life from a different perspective, and with newly focused priorities. We were inspired to look beyond our own challenges to fully appreciate the pressing needs of the Hematology/Oncology Division of The Montreal Children’s Hospital and their young patients and families.
As a tribute to our daughter, and in support of the efforts of the professionals who make a positive difference in the lives of hundreds of children and their families every year, we founded the Sarah Cook Fund of the Cedars Cancer Foundation for Children.
Through our special events, personal and corporate funding as well as donations from local communities and friends, the Fund has raised over $8 million. The most touching gifts have come from children who know Sarah, using their birthday parties, lemonade stands, puppet shows, races and events to raise donations for Sarah’s cause.
We have always supported Cedars Cancer Foundation’s excellent work towards improving cancer treatment in Montreal, and are pleased to be affiliated with their long-standing volunteer effort in conjunction with The Montreal Children’s Hospital Foundation.
As we look to the future, our medical advisory board continues to suggest projects within the Hematology/Oncology Division that urgently need funding.