$11M gift largest ever for QCH, foundation



Local philanthropist Dan Greenberg hugs his sister, Martha Bergeron, left, and his wife, Barbara Crook at the announcement for an $11-million donation toward the new Irving Greenberg Family Cancer Centre yesterday. Right, an artist’s rendering of the completed cancer centre.

West-end patients seeking cancer care won’t have so far to go, thanks to an $11-million donation to the Queensway-Carleton Hospital announced yesterday.

The hospital, along with the Ottawa Regional Cancer Centre, received their largest individual donations ever from the family of late Ottawa philanthropist Irving Greenberg, with $9 million of the total to fund a new cancer centre at QCH and expanded cancer programs, and $2 million for the cancer centre’s foundation.

The $35-million Irving Greenberg Family Cancer Centre will be completed at the hospital in September 2009.

"The building of the cancer centre will mean that patients living in the city’s west end won’t have to travel as far or wait as long for treatment," said Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation President and CEO Linda Eagen.

"This is the largest donation our family has ever given and, likely, will ever give," said Dan Greenberg, the son of Irving Greenberg and chairman of the ‘Building on Our Strength’ capital campaign.

The elder Greenberg, who led fundraising efforts at the hospital, would be "very happy" if the new centre no longer had a use in years to come because cancer was eliminated, Dan Greenberg said, noting that several family members, including his father, have died of cancer.

The family’s gift transcends money, said Carey Garrett, chairman of the Queensway Carleton Hospital Foundation. It also gives hope.

"Throughout our history, the Greenberg family has been there to support our hospital and to ensure that our community is getting the quality care it needs close to home."

"Because of this gift, thousands of patients in the west end will no longer have to cross the city to get their cancer treatments," said Jack Kitts, president and CEO of the Ottawa Hospital.


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