ICRF and Pink Lady support innovative breast cancer research projects at the Jewish General Hospital and in Israel, as well as the purchase of state-of-the-art equipment.
Event co-chairs this year were Julie Wiener, Maureen Tajfel, Sheryl Rosen Adler and Susan Lavy.
This year’s keynote speaker was Barbara Amiel; her husband, Conrad Black, was on hand as well. Past keynote speakers have included Margaret Trudeau, Marianne Pearl, widow of murdered journalist Daniel Pearl, and journalist Jeanette Walls, author of the 2005 memoir The Glass Castle.
This year’s honourees were Kathy Assayag, who has worked in advancement and fundraising for more than 20 years; Julie Greenbaum, co-founder and president of a movement to unite the younger generation against cancer, F*CK CANCER inwykiwyk (It’s Not What You Know, It’s Who You Know); Greenbaum lost her mother to ovarian cancer in 2010; and MNA Kathleen Weil.
Sheila Woodhouse, director of Nazareth House, wrote to The Gazette about a long-standing Christmas tradition at the Shaughnessy village shelter for men. For the past 25 years, a group of women she calls the “Angels of Hudson” have left their own families on Christmas morning – this year it was Dec. 24 – to drive into Montreal with a turkey dinner plus trimmings for 30.
“The Angels also arrive with thoughtful gifts for each and every resident of Nazareth House,” Woodhouse wrote.
“Many of our residents struggle with mental illness and homelessness. Most do not have any contact with their families. These beautiful Angels arrive, laden with … food, gifts, exuberance and the true spirit of Christmas. Each Christmas, they transform the House and the lives of each resident.”
Against enormous odds, Danielle Lepage has spearheaded an annual benefit to raise funds and awareness of sensory neuropathy, Type HSN2, a devastating genetic disease, Anita Kar of the Montreal Neurological Institute wrote to Applause.
“An amazing accomplishment from a woman who suffers from a crippling disease and has had several additional health complications in the year,” she wrote.
The disease, she explained, causes a dangerous lack of sensation, primarily in the hands and feet, and extremely fragile bones. “The combination of a lack of sensation and fragility leads to trauma and infections that often necessitate amputations,” she wrote. “This is how Danielle, in her 50s, has lost several of her fingers and toes.”
“We have to demystify this disease because people are afraid of us; they think it is contagious, but that is not the case,” Lepage said.
Lepage has organized four benefits to raise awareness of the disease: the first, held in 2009, raised just over $6,500. The fourth, held Nov. 17, 2012, raised $30,231.56.
The money will support research led by Bernard Brais at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital; he has dedicated his career to understanding and developing therapeutics for hereditary genetic diseases, including sensory neuropathies, that are more common in Quebec than elsewhere.
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A Facebook posting by a Ra’anana doctor who was reunited with the man he saved a decade ago has gone viral.
“Have you ever had one of those days when you are just really happy that you went to work?” Jay Wohlgelernter, an attending ENT physician at Schneider Children’s Medical Center of Israel in Petah Tikvah, began his Facebook post. “Today was one of those days!”
Wohlgelernter, a 38-year-old native of Toronto, posted to his Facebook page last Wednesday, several hours after he was asked by his colleagues at Schneider to examine an eight-month-old baby who had undergone open-heart surgery for a congenital heart defect. Following the examination, when Wohlgelernter met with the infant’s family, he noticed the grandfather staring at him.
“He then looked me in the eyes and told me that a Canadian doctor had once saved his life,” wrote Wohlgelernter. “He thought for minute and said that his name was similar to mine and sounded something like Dr. Jay. I asked for more details and he proceeded to tell me that he attended the doctor’s wedding. I lowered my voice and asked him what his name was, although by then I already knew. His eyes widened as he said ‘Rahamim Mizrahi.’ I felt lightheaded and got up from my chair. He started to cry and ran over to me. He gave me a big hug and kiss. He grabbed the back of my head and asked what happened to my ponytail.”
In his post, which has thus far been shared more than 330 times, earned nearly 100 “likes” and nearly 60 supportive comments, Wohlgelernter describes in vivid detail how he and a paramedic frantically attempted to save the life of Mizrahi, who was nearly left for dead after suffering a heart attack ten years ago. At the time, Wohlgelernter was working as a doctor on a mobile intensive care ambulance in Jerusalem and was called to Mizrahi’s Gilo home. Wohlgelernter managed to stabilize Mizrahi, who fell into a coma, from which he awoke two days later.
“His prognosis, after what his heart had been through so many times, was poor,” wrote Wohlgelernter. “Once again, after our serendipitous, emotional reunion today I am amazed at what the human spirit and body can overcome.”
Wohlgelernter, who made aliyah with his family in 2000, does not plan on losing contact with the family again.
“I told them that their grandson would now be my patient for many years to come and that I will personally make sure that he has a crisp clear voice,” Wohlgelernter wrote, concluding his post. “I fully intend to dance at his wedding the same way his grandfather danced at my wedding. As I said before, once in a while it’s really worthwhile to go to work. You never know who you just might bump into.”
By Beryl Wajsman, October 17th, 2012
Tremblay had been given the book “Start-Up Nation: The Story of Israel’s Economic Miracle” written by Dan Senor and Saul Singer before the trip. He was tremendously impressed with the fact that tiny Israel has more publicly listed companies on the New York Stock Exchange and Nasdaq than any non-US nation save three. He feels there are lessons to be learned and dynamic energy to be husbanded for us here at home.
The mission included some fifty representatives of industry, academia and the law. The businessmen on the trip ranged the gamut from independent entrepreneurs to leading executives of corporations making up what is commonly referred to as “Quebec Inc.” Universities represented included Université Laval, Université de Montréal and McGill. Tremblay reminisced that it had been almost twenty years since he had been first encouraged to visit Israel and take some lessons home from it. He admitted he should have gone sooner.
The mission visited all of Israel’s major cities and meetings were held with Israel’s major universities and industries including the giant Israel Aircraft Industries. Aside from meetings with Israel’s political elite including President Shimon Peres, Tremblay was very pleased to have met people from the creative pursuits like Moshe Safdie the Israeli architect with such close ties to Montreal through his design of Habitat ’67. One of the most pleasant things Tremblay found was the complete lack of overt security presence in the cities. The mayor said “I did not feel any security issues or pressures at all as we toured Israel.”
Tremblay was very pleased that several partnership agreements were signed during the trip. Among them were Novatek International and its subsidiary Cognistat finalizing an agreement with Israel`s world pharma leader TEVA. The Judith & Charles company signed an agreement with Tel Aviv`s high-end clothing boutique ANIK as well as with the Isari boutiques in Amman, Jordan. The Board of Trade of Metropolitain Montreal signed a memorandum of agreement with the Federation of Israeli Chambers of Commerce. McGill signed an agreement with the Weizmann Institute of Science, Tel Aviv University and Bar-Ilan University. The Université de Montréal signed an agreement with the Hebrew University. And the École Polytechnique de Montreal signed an agreement with the Technion – the Israel Institute of Technology.
The mission also scheduled coming visits of Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai and Be’er Sheva Mayor Ruvik Danilovich to Montreal. Tremblay also visited Yad Vashem and laid a wreath of flowers on behalf of all Montrealers. The Mayor also paid a visit to Ramallah where he met outgoing mayor Janet Michael, Dr. Mohammed Shtayyeh the Minister of the Palestinian Economic Council for Development as well as members of the Canada-Palestine business network and the Palestine International Chamber of Commerce.
The Mayor was so impressed with what he himself called the “miracle” of Israeli development, that he wants Montreal’s Charter of Rights – already translated into several languages representing Montreal’s diverse population – to be translated into Hebrew as soon as possible.
Quebec politics could not be kept out of the conversation. The Mayor vigorously denied allegations made at the Charbonneau Commission of kickbacks to Union Montreal. He repeated that Quebec’s director-general of elections had repeatedly given his party’s books a clean bill of health. He stated that he is ready at any time to appear before the commission and refute the allegations. When we questioned him about his political future Mayor Tremblay responded quickly and resolutely that, “One thing’s for sure, I’m not going to resign!”
Source: The Suburban