The Colas—brothers Jack and Philip and their cousin Louis, together with their respective spouses, Brenda, Randi and Susan—are a tightly knit family which is well known throughout Montreal for its longstanding commitment, generosity and support of many causes and institutions, including the Jewish General Hospital. Throughout the years, the Colas have taken part in various fundraising events benefiting the JGH and have made significant contributions to many areas of the hospital as part of the Foundation's past capital campaign, with a focus on psychiatry, pulmonary diseases, medical imaging and research on ovarian cancer and Alzheimer's disease.
When the family learned a new MRI was the JGH Foundation's highest fundraising priority, and that it could have an enormous impact on the health of thousands of Quebecers, they moved into action. Indeed, the Colas outdid themselves by making their largest combined gift ever to the hospital for the acquisition of the latest MRI technology for the Department of Radiology. MRI is indispensable for the early detection and accurate diagnosis of a number of conditions, notably cancer. It is particularly important at the JGH, owing to our very busy Segal Cancer Centre and its designation by the Quebec government as a Breast Referral and Investigation Centre for breast cancer detection. Furthermore, the single MRI currently in operation—acquired over 14 years ago, thanks to the generosity of private donors—is showing its age and is insufficient to meet the growing demand. The new, state-of-the-art MRI will help to provide faster, safer diagnosis and care to more patients, when it is installed in early 2015.