Donor's stories

Guy Paquette



Guy Paquette et l'arbre des donateurs

Guy Paquette dans l'Espace Fondation HMR

When his wife Céline Boisvert retired in 2004, Guy Paquette was looking forward to all the family time they had ahead of them. But his thoughts of togetherness were short-lived because disease was lurking in the shadows. Unfortunately, having already supported their young son Martin in his fight with Hodgkin’s lymphoma, Céline and Guy had to return to Hôpital Maisonneuve-Rosemont..

After experiencing the pain of losing her son in 2000, Céline learned six years later that she herself now had to face this inner enemy known as cancer. With great courage, she underwent a series of treatments and surgery, and after two long years, she emerged victorious.

While her follow-up appointments became more spread out over time, a routine check in 2017 revealed an anomaly: cancer had developed in her bones. She started with traditional treatments before discovering the less invasive therapeutic avenues that have been made possible thanks to clinical research. Even though the appointments were more frequent, she was happy to be teamed up with the caregivers and to benefit from such solid support.

While walking with Guy through the corridors of the HMR, Céline stopped at the HMR Foundation and told him that she wanted to make a significant donation to support clinical research. “I was totally on board with my wife’s wishes: HMR has always been such an important part of our lives,” said Guy Paquette.

But before her gift could materialize, Céline learned that the treatments were no longer working—the cancer was progressing and robbed her family of her presence in May 2020. To honour Céline’s memory and respect her wishes, Guy is making a major donation in support of clinical research and in recognition of the outstanding care she received. 

I will always be grateful to HMR for the state-of-the-art care and exceptional support my son and my wife received.Guy Paquette