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Major donation of $500,000 for a cancer vaccine

Published on May 21, 2020

The Institute for Research in Immunology and Cancer (IRIC) of the Université de Montréal would like to highlight the extraordinary donation made by the Fondation Famille Diane et Léon Gosselin. As a result of their generosity, the substantial amount of $500,000 will be donated to the Fonds vaccin thérapeutique contre le cancer and will allow the research teams headed by Dr. Claude Perreault, Sébastien Lemieux and Pierre Thibault to complete the crucial final steps that will lead to the clinical trials of a cancer vaccine. Mr. and Mrs. Gosselin have been supporting IRIC’s activities for over 10 years.

“We are pleased to be able to contribute in our own way to the latter stages of this research work. Cancer is a disease that affects all of us, in one way or another, over the course of our life. That’s why we stand by science and support these exceptional investigators to help fight this scourge”, point out Mr. and Mrs. Gosselin.

“We are more than grateful for this tremendous act of generosity towards our research project. Thanks to this show of solidarity, we believe that in the near future, we will be able to make a significant difference for people who are battling cancer”, adds Dr. Claude Perreault.

The fund was created in early 2020 by Dr. Robert Patenaude, who has been a chronic myeloid leukemia survivor for almost 40 years thanks to the great care and determination of Dr. Claude Perreault, and who made a startup donation of $25,000. Donations have increased since the creation of the fund, showing the real potential of the project as well as the need to greatly transform the life of thousands of cancer patients.

Moreover, Claude Perreault and his team recently won the 2019 Scientific Discovery of the Year Award, bestowed by Québec Science, for this promising research project.