Patient's stories

Dominique Michel

Colon cancer

Support the project so dear to Dominique Michel’s heart: the Integrated Cancer Centre

At 83, singer, actor and comedian Dominique “Dodo” Michel will soon be celebrating five years of remission from the colorectal cancer that brought her to HMR in 2010. After being treated successfully and observing the hospital’s colossal needs, Dodo immediately offered to serve as volunteer spokesperson for the HMR Foundation.

Dodo made the construction of the future Integrated Cancer Centre (ICC) her main driving force. “I’ve gotten involved for all the patients I spent time with and for everyone faced with the same kind of earth-shattering diagnosis. There aren’t enough resources. Building the ICC is an absolute necessity. I should know!”

With images of the ground-breaking ceremony dancing in her mind, Dodo is giving it all she’s got and co-chairing the À Votre Santé! event. “My reward will be to see us reach our $8 million goal this year, one $20 donation at a time. In the first four years, we’ve already reached 65% of our objective!”

An inspiration to us all, the grand dame of laughter has rallied performing artists, businesspeople and the public around her cause. In addition to raising the Foundation’s profile on every front, Dodo knows how to bring out the generosity in people. Many well known personalities including Guy A. Lepage, Patrice L’Écuyer, René Simard, Boucar Diouf, Pénélope McQuade, Marc Hervieux and Olympian Annie Pelletier have agreed to contribute to the J’appuie Dodo campaign.

“Cancer is an unpredictable and ferocious enemy, and we don’t fight on an equal footing. Giving voice to all those who don’t have one is the defining role of my career.”