On March 11th 2015, the Institut du cancer de Montréal lost one of our own, an extraordinary woman and outstanding volunteer: Michèle St-Pierre.

Michèle fought her ovarian cancer for five years, knowing that research was her only hope. Since her diagnosis, she decided to get involved and make a difference: she participated in many fundraisers, recruited and organized volunteers who went on to become deeply involved in the Institut, fostered the partnership with Anne-Marie Chagnon and finally, she helped bring on the Moreau sisters as our spokespersons.

Despite her advancing illness, her life served as an inspiration and a reminder of the importance of continuing to fight.  In order to honour her memory and her work, the Institut du cancer de Montréal announced the creation of a new scholarship of up to $30,000 per year that will be awarded to a doctoral or post-doctoral student and bear the name: The Michèle St-Pierre Scholarship for ovarian cancer research.

“Michèle has touched us professionally and personally through her joie de vivre, her perseverance and her personality. Michèle was a great friend of the Institut. She understood that research is the best hope for women with ovarian cancer.”  Dr. Diane Provencher, gynaecologist, oncologist and member of the Institut du cancer de Montréal.