In 1998, at the age of 42, Gloria Shapiro was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. She fought this disease with all her strength for over 6 years. She lost her battle on September 17, 2004.
Gloria was a woman of tremendous strength, courage and determination, and in her struggle with ovarian cancer she was inspired to take a stand, for the sake of all women, against this 'disease that whispers'. She established the Gloria Shapiro Endowment Fund for Ovarian Cancer Research at the Jewish General Hospital in order to help fulfill the dream that someday other women would not have to suffer as she had. The goal of the fund is twofold – to raise funds for research and patient care as well as to make women aware of the disease's very subtle symptoms.
Today, Gloria's passion and determination to help others lives on through Gloria's Girls, a group of women committed to carrying on her mission.
In 2012 the group surpassed the $1 million mark in total funds raised. This milestone was reached with the 7th edition of its landmark It's A Girl Thing annual luncheon, which raised over $130,000. In addition to the group's annual fall fundraiser, Gloria's Girls is continuing with the successful spring flower campaign "Blossoms of Hope". Furthermore, the group provides "Lunch & Learn" corporate awareness events, where professional speakers sensitize women to the subtle symptoms of ovarian cancer and the importance of early detection.
To make a request for a "Lunch & Learn" corporate awareness event at your company please contact: Rana Saheb at (514) 340-8222 ext. 25889, firstname.lastname@example.org
All proceeds from the group's fundraising activities are directed towards increasing awareness, enhancing patient care, and funding research at the Jewish General Hospital – all in support of Ovarian Cancer patients.
Some of Gloria's Girls current projects:
A resource benefiting women and their families who lack emotional and financial support
1. Complimentary "Lunch & Learn" sessions available on-site to corporate offices (such session can be booked through Diane at the JGH foundation office Tel. 514-340-8222 # 24580).
2. Handbooks preparing patients undergoing gynaecological Robotic Surgery.
We sincerely thank you for your support.
For more information on the Gloria Shapiro Endowment Fund for Ovarian Cancer Research, or to make a donation towards a specific project please contact Rana Saheb, Associate Coordinator, Special Projects at 514-340-8222 ext. 25889