Fondation Marie-Ève Saulnier

  • The 2018 edition of the “Fourchettes et Tendresse” dinner raised $337,370.

    Photo : Fondation Marie-Ève Saulnier

  • Over 600 guests attended the 11th edition of the fundraising dinner.

    Photo : Fondation Marie-Ève Saulnier

  • Touching testimony from Nadège, a mother whose daughter is suffering from leukemia.

    Photo : Fondation Marie-Ève Saulnier

  • In order to escape from isolation, free social gatherings are organized occasionally, allowing parents to exchange among themselves while children enjoy the moment with Marie Eykel.

    Photo: Fondation Marie-Ève Saulnier

BY THE NUMBERS

In 2018, 97 families received assistance, including 42 who had requested help for the first time

Every month the Foundation provides support for an average of 52 families, 50% of which have an annual family income of less than $35,000

42% of the families helped have more than 3 children

Nearly 20% of them are single-parent families receiving no child or spousal support payments

Over the years more than 1,730 gift cards have been distributed to Foundation families

 

 

A Little Girl with Cancer Leaves a Big Legacy of Compassion

La Fondation Marie-Ève-Saulnier (FMES) was created by Linda Langlois Saulnier in 1997, in memory of her daughter Marie-Ève, who had died of leukemia the previous year. Its activities are guided by the principles of love and respect for differences, as well as by the desire to bring relief to children affected by cancer and their families.

Its mission is to help families that have a child with cancer and are experiencing financial stresses focus on their child getting better and rebuilding their lives following the illness. Having a child with cancer is an incredibly difficult experience for any family. In the case of disadvantaged families with limited resources, a child’s illness can also very quickly upset the stability of family life and lead to a situation of real distress. The Foundation offers various programs to provide support for such families:

Family Well-Being

The goal of the “Family Well-being” assistance program is to support families during their children’s treatment, which can often span close to two years. In order to do this, every month the FMES provides parents, as needed, cards to pay for groceries and vouchers for gas and hospital parking.

Life After Illness

The “Life After Illness” program is meant for families with children who have had cancer, but whose treatments have ended. As we know everything does not immediately return to normal in such circumstances, and that aftercare is necessary, we are committed to giving families transitional assistance to help them get on with their lives.

Caring Support

A social worker provides support during six sessions with each family following their child’s treatment. The social worker develops practical tools suited to their particular needs to enable them to get through a very trying time for a family as a solid and united team.

A Helping Hand from the Elves

During the holidays, additional financial assistance is given to all our families in order to allow parents a break and the opportunity to buy presents for their children. The amounts provided are determined on the basis of the number of children in the family. The financial support made available through our programs varies according to families’ resources, with priority given to those with low incomes. Every request is carefully studied in light of the family situation and number of dependent children.

Supporting Families

The financial support made available through our programs varies according to families’ resources, with priority given to those with low incomes. Every request is carefully studied in light of the family situation and number of dependent children. Moreover, an empathetic ear is offered to parents needing to talk to a sympathetic person who has gone through the same difficult experience they have. Meetings are also organized so that parents can share with each other.

“Power Corporation is drawn to supporting charitable organizations such as La Fondation Marie-Ève Saulnier because of the direct benefit they deliver the families facing the daunting challenge of childhood cancer,” says Stéphane Lemay, Vice-President, General Counsel and Secretary of Power Corporation, and Co-Chair of the 2016, 2017 and 2018 editions of the “Fourchettes et Tendresse”, the main source of financing of the Foundation.

 

Power Corporation is drawn to supporting charitable organizations such as La Fondation Marie-Ève Saulnier because of the direct benefit they deliver to the families facing the daunting challenge of childhood cancer.
Stéphane Lemay
Vice-President, General Counsel
and Secretary
Power Corporation

Video

See the video from the Fondation Marie-Ève Saulnier (in French only).