Montreal, March 1st, 2018 - In order to focus the public’s attention onto the awareness campaign launched by this young woman who has had three cancers in recent years, the Quebec Cancer Foundation and the Association du cancer de l’Est du Québec have joined forces with Marie-Hélène Dubé. 
 


The Quebec Cancer Foundation and the Association du cancer de l’Est du Québec put their support behind Marie-Hélène Dubé


Montreal, March 1st, 2018 - In order to focus the public’s attention onto the awareness campaign launched by this young woman who has had three cancers in recent years, the Quebec Cancer Foundation and the Association du cancer de l’Est du Québec have joined forces with Marie-Hélène Dubé. It was she who on January 10, launched a Canada-wide mobilization campaign aimed at encouraging the federal government to amend the provisions of Section 12(3c) of the Employment Insurance Act. Since 1971, under these provisions, persons suffering from a serious illness such as cancer are entitled to a maximum of 15 weeks of Employment Insurance sickness benefits.


In solidarity with Ms. Dubé, the Foundation and the Association solicit the support of every one of you to influence the government to take action on this issue and raise awareness of the importance of concerted action. Such a commitment aligns perfectly with the missions of our two organizations. Due to our experience with this clientele, we understand the enormous upheaval that cancer can cause in the daily lives of those it affects.


If the federal government could agree to redress this inequity that penalizes the thousands of Canadian workers who are receiving employment insurance as a result of illness, these people could focus more on their psychological and physical needs during their ordeal, and less on the financial worries ensuing from the disease. The average estimated length of a cancer treatment program is 52 weeks – for which 15 weeks of benefits provide very meagre financial support. 

This issue affects a very large number of people. This is why the Quebec Cancer Foundation and the Association du cancer de l’Est du Québec are taking a stand to ensure that the Employment Insurance Act is finally amended. You can easily show your support to Marie-Hélène Dubé simply by visiting www.15semaines.ca. Fill in the form you find there and an email will automatically be sent to your local Federal Member of Parliament, the Right Honourable Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, the Honorable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Family, Children and Social Development and to the leaders of the Official Oppositions.


About the Quebec Cancer Foundation

For almost 40 years, the Quebec Cancer Foundation has raised the funds needed to provide everyday support to thousands of Quebecers dealing with cancer and to their loved ones. Through its regional centres in Montreal, Quebec City, the Eastern Townships, Outaouais and Mauricie, it offers physical wellness programs and psychological support as well as the largest accommodation network in the province. Also, through its Programme à Félix, it offers adapted help to young people aged 15 to 39 affected by cancer. Finally, the Foundation’s Info-Cancer Services offer listening, answers and solace in every part of the province. One in two Quebecers will face cancer. We are here to support them.

Info-Cancer Services: 1-800-363-0063  | cancerquebec.com | Facebook : fqcancer


About the Association du cancer de l’Est du Québec

For 35 years, the Association du cancer de l’Est du Québec has reinvested all the donations it receives into the Lower Saint Lawrence, North Shore, Gaspé and Magdalene Islands regions. It strives to establish and maintain services that provide comfort and support to those affected by cancer, helping them to feel better both physically and mentally. Among the range of services it offers are the warm welcome at the Hotel Omer-Brazeau, mutual assistance and support at every stage of treatment, talks and workshops on the web, informative publications in non-technical language, a variety of activities offered on the territory and at its Cendrine and Philippe Wellness Center, and a host of other services!

1-800-463-0806  | aceq.org  |  Facebook : Association du cancer de l’Est du Québec
 
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For further information:  
Élodie Grange, Communications and Public Relations Director
Quebec Cancer Foundation
Tel.: 514-527-2194 
Email:​ egrange@fqc.qc.ca
 
Sylvie Renaud, Communications Director
Association du cancer de l’Est du Québec
Tel.: 418-724-0600, extension 2034 
Email:  srenaud@aceq.org



 

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