Aaron Fish and his wife, Wally, have been friends and colleagues of Ethelyne and Mortimer Fruchter and Manya and the late David Stendel for 60 years. Together, driven by their unwavering interest in and passion for health care, they have played a key role in empowering the JGH to provide superior care to thousands of patients, year after year. The PET/CT scanner in the Division of Nuclear Medicine, the state-of-the-art 64-slice CT scanner in the Department of Radiology, the digitized electron microscope in the Department of Pathology, the ultrasound machine in the Emergency Department, and the 3D digital echocardiography machine in the Division of Cardiology (the first in Canada) are among the numerous achievements and impressive advances resulting from their joint efforts just in the past 10 years.
This year, as part of the Power to Heal capital campaign, the trio made another combined major gift to supplement government funding and help the JGH Division of Radiation Oncology become the first site in Quebec to have a state-of-the-art Truebeam linear accelerator, the most advanced radiotherapy technology in the world. The Truebeam offers greater speed and precision and enhanced patient safety and comfort, as well as new imaging and treatment capabilities that allow for faster and more efficient treatments, improved treatment capacity and delivery workflow, and new possibilities in treating complex cases that would not have been considered treatable before, such as some cancers in the lung, breast, abdomen, and head and neck.
"The need for medical facilities and equipment is always there, regardless of the state of the economy, and even more so when budgets are tight," notes Mr. Fish. “Contributing to the purchase of a specific, highly specialized and technologically advanced piece of equipment such as the Truebeam is a most rewarding experience," adds Mrs. Fruchter, “because you know it is going to help improve the treatment of cancer which will, in turn, markedly improve the lives of patients suffering from this deadly disease."
“Considering that about 50% of people with cancer will be treated with and benefit from radiation therapy, the Truebeam linear accelerator is truly a gift of immeasurable benefit to the JGH and the entire community,"says Myer Bick, JGH Foundation President and CEO. “The Fish, Fruchter and Stendel trio keeps on inspiring the people who labour within these walls. Their level of commitment and generosity is nothing short of extraordinary. The JGH family is truly grateful and very fortunate to be able to count on such stalwart benefactors."