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The VOBOC Foundation is a not-for-profit charitable organization with their office located in Pointe-Claire. VOBOC works with oncology teams to help empower newly diagnosed adolescent and young adult (AYA) cancer patients by providing them with tools, resources as well as connecting them with essential support services to help them navigate through their cancer experience. POSITION: FUNDRAISING DIRECTOR VOBOC is seeking an experienced individual, who is fully bilingual written and spoken with good communication and organizational skills to be a Fundraising Director, reporting to the Board of Directors. The candidate must be comfortable multi-tasking and working in a dynamic environment where flexibility, [...]


Rock’N’Roll Marathon 2016


Get ready for the annual Rock'N'Roll Marathon! Call to Action VOBOC directors are lacing up their shoes and choosing to make a positive impact in the lives of adolescents and young adults (AYAs) with cancer. They are putting their soles to the ground and making sure that each of their steps count as they raise money for VOBOC at the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon, to be held here in Montreal on September 25th 2016. The challenge is to raise a minimum of $500 per runner. They would like you to join them this year to help make a real difference in [...]

Rock’N’Roll Marathon 20162016-08-19T11:55:56-04:00

A student’s perspective


This summer VOBOC was fortunate to have been awarded a grant from the federal government to hire a student for seven weeks. This important grant was awarded by local Members of Parliament (MP). We would to thank Mr. Francis Scarpaleggia, MP for Lac Saint Louis for this tremendous opportunity. We selected candidate, Alex Tinmouth a long-standing VOBOC volunteer. She readily accepted the opportunity. She was a tremendous help having worked on a number of projects: special and last requests, delivery of Vo-Paks and the many other initiatives. Alex is a bright shining star and we wish her well as she enters [...]

A student’s perspective2016-08-19T11:48:22-04:00

Fulfilling a mom’s dying wish


                The medical team at the McGill University Health Centre contacted VOBOC with a special request from one of its young patients. The dying wish of the 32 year old mum with sarcoma (a rare form of cancer) was to have a family portrait taken with her two children aged, three and seven, and her husband. Within 48 hours, VOBOC and its tremendous partner, Kathleen Girard, owner of Cookie Photo located in Plaza Pointe-Claire were at the hospital for a very special photo shoot to answer a long-time dream of having some lasting photographical [...]

Fulfilling a mom’s dying wish2016-08-19T11:43:42-04:00

Cancer diagnosis gives young man new outlook on life


Smiling at Life A year ago, Ottaviano Rosada and his wife Pina were walking on sunshine. The couple were about to celebrate their first wedding anniversary, they were house hunting and about to start a family. Then Ottaviano fell ill. A bout of strep throat in September 2014, prompted the 33-year-old to make a doctor’s appointment for a check-up. The doctor did a routine exam and ordered blood tests. The very next day, the couple’s life fell apart. “The doctor called. He said he had some bad news, but wouldn’t say more over the phone. He told me to go to [...]

Cancer diagnosis gives young man new outlook on life2016-08-19T11:46:27-04:00

Tristan Williams Powerful Story


While Tristan Williams was battling cancer for the second time at the age of 21, he received VOBOC's Vo-Pak, a backpack filled with tools and resources to help him navigate the cancer journey that was ahead of him. "Little did I know that this backpack would change my life forever. In it were things that reminded me of home. There were pyjamas, a toothbrush and Listerine. And there was a lion, a stuffed animal. His name was Leon the lion and Leon stood for courage. When I reached out to VOBOC after my surgery, they put me right underneath their wing" explained Tristan. [...]

Tristan Williams Powerful Story2015-09-02T15:07:14-04:00

Chain of Kindness


VOBOC's Treasure Hunt for Life spokesperson Laura Loebenberg invites the community to join her "Chain of Kindness" to help VOBOC reach more adolescents and young adults with cancer. When Laura was 14 she learned she had a cancerous tumour the size of a baseball growing in her brain. VOBOC helped Laura when she was first diagnosed and has throughout her five year battle with the cancer. Watch her interview below on CBC Montreal News with Tanya Birkbeck which aired on May 1, 2015. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8MNBve4QY-Q   Listen to Laura Loebenberg's interview on CJAD with Barry Morgan which aired on May 1, 2015 https://soundcloud.com/barry-morgan-show/laura-loebenberg-battle-with-cancer-may-1-2015 [...]

Chain of Kindness2015-05-05T11:55:58-04:00

Youth helping youth


LaSalle College students help teens and young adults with cancer Alanna Parasuco and some fellow students from the LaSalle College Event Planning Program are lending a helping hand to VOBOC, a charity that has been supporting adolescents and young adults with cancer for over 14 years. The team of five students is gaining a tremendous amount of hands-on experience organizing VOBOC’s annual fundraiser the Treasure Hunt for Life taking place on May 23. “Because of cancer many Montreal teenagers and young adults are travelling down a dark road,” says Ms. Parasuco. “Personally, I’ve watched the disease derail the lives of a [...]

Youth helping youth2015-04-01T12:17:58-04:00

West Island Chronicle covers Doreen Edward at World Cancer Day 2015


February 4, 2015 was World Cancer Day.  VOBOC's founder Doreen Edward delivered a talk in Toronto entitled ‘Engagement- the key to innovation – the key in fighting cancer’ to an audience of Canada’s top cancer researchers, physicians and health care professionals and federal and provincial politicians. Please click on the below link to read the article covered by The West Island Chronicle: https://www.westislandchronicle.com/My-neighborhood-/2015-02-13/article-4043170/VOBOC-founder-addresses-World-Cancer-Day-conference/1 As well, VOBOC released an official press release on February 4, 2015, please click here to read the full press release.  

West Island Chronicle covers Doreen Edward at World Cancer Day 20152015-02-13T16:18:39-05:00
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