A significant contribution in support of research at the Lady Davis Institute of the JGH came as a surprise, in the form of a generous bequest from sisters Bernadette and Jeanne D'Arc Prud'Homme of Montreal. Born in 1922 and 1925, respectively, Bernadette and Jeanne D'Arc lived in a duplex in the borough of Rosemont—La Petite-Patrie—for many years. Neither married or had children; their sister, Thérèse, had died earlier. They were grateful for the research and services offered by the JGH, and Jeanne D'Arc, in particular, was unfailing in her support, making regular gifts for the past five years in response to the JGH Foundation's annual appeal. Upon their death a few months apart in 2012, it was discovered that Bernadette and Jeanne D'Arc had made plans to contribute to the health and well-being of the entire community by including the JGH and the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital in their wills. “Each sister had named each other and their sister Thérèse as beneficiaries," says Alexis Gaiptman, JGH Foundation Director of Planned Giving. “Leaving nothing to chance, each had ensured that the institutions that were dear to her heart would benefit in the event that no siblings were left to inherit her estate. According to their wishes, the portion of their estate that was willed to the JGH will be used to support the Lady Davis Institute and its leading-edge research into the causes and potential treatments for the most common illnesses affecting people today and in the future."
Through their bequests, Bernadette and Jeanne D'Arc Prud'homme have established a meaningful legacy that will contribute to advancing research and providing hope, as well as concrete and lasting benefits for the entire community. The JGH Foundation is deeply honoured to be the recipient of this gift of hope. The generosity and thoughtfulness of the Prud'Homme family will always be remembered and celebrated through a commemorative plaque on the special Legacy Circle wall of the Hershey & Raisy Friedman Hall of Honour, adjacent to the hospital's main lobby."