Dr. Robert Patenaude, spokesperson for IRIC and Dr. Charles Bernard, Chief Executive Officer, Collège des médecins du Québec

Dr. Robert Patenaude, spokesperson for IRIC and Dr. Charles Bernard, Chief Executive Officer, Collège des médecins du Québec

As recognition of his energy and the depth of his social commitment in the fight against cancer, Dr. Robert Patenaude was presented with the Humanism Award from Québec’s Collège des médecins on May 9th.

An emergency physician for over 25 years, the 2014 Humanism Award winner is a model of determination, having struggled with cancer himself in his early twenties and being the recipient of one of the first bone marrow transplants performed by Dr. Claude Perreault, Principal Investigator at the Institute for Research in Immunology and Cancer (IRIC) of the Université de Montréal. Subsequently, Dr. Patenaude has shown his humanitarian calling through his extraordinary contribution to the fight against cancer; first, by establishing Fondation de la greffe de la moelle osseuse (Bone Marrow Transplant Foundation), and then by serving as spokesperson for IRIC.

“Dr. Robert Patenaude’s involvement in the progress of scientific research is remarkable. He invested himself on many levels, whether to raise awareness about IRIC, to support cancer patients and their families or to collect money to fund research. I am impressed with his devotion and I applaud all his humanitarian work,” said Dr. Charles Bernard, Chief Executive Officer, Collège des médecins du Québec.

IRIC Great Challenges against Cancer: Acquiring the means to pursue the fight

Dr. Patenaude is the author of several books on cancer, in addition to dedicating his sporting endeavours to the cause. In 2007, he founded IRIC Perseverance Challenge to raise money to fund IRIC Next Generation Internship Awards and IRIC Perseverance Challenge scholarships. Renamed “IRIC Great Challenges against Cancer”, this booming fundraising program now encompasses several sporting challenges. Over the years, Dr. Patenaude has raised over $1.1 million for the fight against cancer via those activities.

“Dr. Patenaude is a tireless advocate for the cause and, in my opinion, an ideal winner of this Humanism Award. Beyond his many initiatives and the impressive donations to IRIC arising from them, his most important contribution is the example he sets every day as an individual through his extraordinary human qualities,” said Dr. Guy Sauvageau, Chief Executive Officer and Principal Investigator at IRIC.

Dr. Patenaude’s tribute video can be seen on the Collège’s website at www.cmq.org.

About the Humanism Award of Collège des médecins du Québec

Introduced in 2011, the Humanism Award is given annually to a member of the Collège who, through his/her social commitment, embodies the humanitarian values of the Collège and whose actions contribute to the well-being and growth of his/her patients, the community or philanthropic organizations.

About the Institute for Research in Immunology and Cancer

An ultra-modern research hub and training centre located in the heart of the Université de Montreal, the Institute for Research in Immunology and Cancer (IRIC) was created in 2003 to shed light on the mechanisms of cancer and discover new, more effective therapies to counter this disease. IRIC operates according to a model that is unique in Canada. Its innovative approach to research has already led to discoveries that will, over the coming years, have a significant impact on the fight against cancer. For more information:www.iric.ca