Gilles Spinelli was admitted to the Montreal Heart Institute in 1979 for an aortic valve problem. At the time, he had no idea he was going to become one of the Institute’s most devoted volunteers, generously supporting its mission in myriad ways.
Giving in honour of someone is a wonderful way to pay tribute to a loved one while supporting cardiovascular health. It’s also a gesture that has an immense impact. At your discretion, the person you want to honour will receive a virtual greeting card or a mailed letter confirming the Montreal Heart Institute has received a donation on their behalf dedicated to major research projects in cardiovascular medicine.
The holidays are the perfect opportunity to show your appreciation for loved ones with gifts that come from the heart. In fact, gifts that help support a cause or organization are becoming increasingly popular. Join this wonderful movement of kindness and get inspired by the Foundation’s top three gift ideas that will brighten the holidays and make a real difference in the lives of those with a sensitive heart.
Fall is the season for spending time at the orchard or taking part in some Halloween fun with the family while savouring pumpkin spice beverages. This wonderful season is the perfect opportunity to enjoy activities that can increase your well-being. Here are four ways to fully embrace autumn.
July 2020 saw the passing of Dr. Martial G. Bourassa. Officer of the Order of Canada and Knight of the National Order of Quebec, Dr. Bourassa is recognized as a cardiology pioneer in Quebec. To honour his legacy in the field of cardiology, the Montreal Heart Institute Foundation established the Martial G. Bourassa Cardiovascular Medicine Innovation Fund.
Last August, the Foundation announced the creation of the André Chagnon Research Chair in Congenital Heart Disease. Thanks to a $2 million donation from Sojecci, this new research chair will help develop innovative approaches to the care and treatment of patients with congenital heart disease, a heart defect present from birth.
Jacques Gendreau passed away in December 2020. He was monitored at the Institute for atrial fibrillation and a leaky heart valve. In order to thank the Institute for the excellent care he received, he chose to include a donation to the Foundation in his will. A heartfelt gesture that allows the Foundation to save more sensitive hearts.
If you could reverse your type 2 diabetes diagnosis through exercise and healthy eating, would you do it? That was the challenge taken up by patients of the Diabetes Prevention Clinic sponsored by Sun Life at the Montreal Heart Institute in 2018.
Of her own accord, the philanthropist found herself at the epicentre of international initiatives to advance the COLCORONA clinical trial, along with Dr. Jean-Claude Tardif. Passionate and driven by a genuine desire to save lives, she joined the battle just like she has for countless other causes.
Foundation, in collaboration with Suzanne Lévesque, President of the Jean-Louis Lévesque Foundation - Friday 19 March, 2021
Her thirst for knowledge and innovation is an endless source of inspiration. She reads everything she’s sent, speaks personally to the researchers who receive support from the Foundation, and learns something new every day. “My role allows me to keep a finger on the pulse of the community, which I find very exciting,” she explained.