Beloved MUHC breast cancer surgeon pledges to shave his head

Beloved MUHC breast cancer surgeon pledges to shave his head

Dr. Sarkis Meterissian is raising $50,000 to support the MUHC’s Breast Clinic Wellness Program

August 26, 2021 ー Surgical oncologist Dr. Sarkis Meterissian is passionate about helping women survive and thrive after breast cancer. As Director of the Breast Clinic at the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC), Dr. Meterissian has helped thousands of women through their breast cancer journeys. But he wants to do more.

Dr. Meterissian has pledged to raise $50,000 in association with Pink in the City’s Raise Craze. Now in its sixth year, Raise Craze is a yearly campaign that focuses on volunteers who fundraise with a pledge to shave their heads. Raise Craze has raised over $75,000 for breast cancer patients since 2016.

All of the donations from Dr. Meterissian’s fundraiser will benefit the MUHC Breast Clinic’s Wellness Program. And, if he meets the fundraising goal, Dr. Meterissian will shave his head in a public event at the MUHC in October.

“Every dollar raised is going to go to patient care. Our patients have access to nutritionists, exercise physiologists, kinesiologists, psychologists, sex therapists: it’s all free thanks to donors. Every time a donor gives money, they are helping our patients. They are also helping me get a shaved head, but at the end of the day it is all for the patients.”- Dr. Sarkis Meterissian, Surgical Oncologist and Director of the MUHC Breast Clinic

The Breast Clinic’s Wellness Program was created to ensure every breast cancer patient receives the care they need — during and after treatment. Beyond cancer treatment, patients have access to a wide variety of services to ensure their health and well-being. The Wellness Program is completely donor funded.

“Dr. Meterissian saved me in more ways than one. Not only removing this cancer that I had in my system, but supporting me through my journey. He and his staff were there for me all the way. I was guided all the way through. I didn’t have to worry about anything.”- Daniella Corsetti, grateful patient

Dr. Meterissian has seen first-hand how the Wellness Program has helped his patients heal. The program offers a variety of free resources to patients that would otherwise cost thousands of dollars. He is committed to ensuring it continues to help women through their breast cancer journeys.

“It is inspiring to see a physician who is dedicated to his patients and wants to give back in this meaningful way. Too many women know the pain and hardship of fighting breast cancer. Dr. Meterissian’s goal to raise $50,000 and to shave his head demonstrates his devotion and empathy to his patients and their families.” – Julie Quenneville, President and CEO, MUHC Foundation

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