Annual Fundraising Campaign

Annual Fundraising Campaign

Dr. Patrick Bellemare, medical chief of Intensive Care, and his team are on the front lines to fight the COVID-19 virus, since March 2020.

Dr. Patrick Bellemare is an intensive care physician specializing in pneumology at the Sacré-Coeur Hospital and has been practicing for nearly 25 years. Thanks to him we were able to get the first images of the major transformation experienced in the Hospital.


Thanks for teaming up with us !

« I am the leader of the wonderful and dedicated intensive care team at Sacré-Coeur Hospital. 2020 has been a difficult year for all of us. The first weeks of 2021 are not much easier to get through with this second wave hitting hard and still not over.  

I know that in recent months there have been many acts of generosity and great support in various fundraising campaigns led by the Foundation. All your donations have allowed the purchase of additional medical equipment, smart tablets to allow patients to communicate with their loved ones, as well as protective equipment for our health care teams. Believe me when I say, it has helped us tremendously in delivering more humane care and protect our caregivers and patients.

In addition, by giving to the Foundation, you have made it possible to support the work of our research center located in Sacré-Coeur. Several colleagues from my team and I have been able to use data collected by our researchers to more effectively care for patients with COVID-19 and thus save lives.

Thank you for continuing to give. It is together, as a team, that we can have the upper hand, not only over COVID-19, but many other diseases as well. »

 - Dr. Patrick Bellemare


Exclusives images ! 

On February 4th, 2021, Dr. Bellemare gave us access once more to a COVID hot zone during a televised episode of ‘’J.E’’. He generously agreed to use cameras to show us what was happening at the Sacré-Coeur Hospital since the arrival of the first COVID-19 patients, when no journalists or visitors could access the hospitals.

The first time was in April 2020. Dr. Patrick Bellemare was the subject of a report on Radio-Canada. He get the first images taken in a COVID hot zone, highlighted the dedication of our caring experts, our guardian angels.





Research, the real hope for the advancement of care.


The Foundation, thanks to his generous donors and his annual fundraising campaing:

  • acquiring state-of-the-art equipment;
  • financing projects that improve patient care;
  • supporting the training of future doctors and healthcare professionals ;
  • contributing to research to concretely improve care.

Research to help us sleep better!

Sacré-Coeur researchers are very active. Here is an overview of the research work conducted by Tore Nielsen, the Director of the Dream and Nightmare Laboratory at the Centre for Advanced Research in Sleep Medicine (CARSM), and his team.

In an article published this past January, we learned that the current pandemic has changed the amount and the nature of our dreams themselves, and the number of dreams we remember. Since last March, the population has unexpectedly experienced an increase in vivid and strange dreams, especially about COVID-19 and social distancing.

Researchers explain this phenomenon by three factors :

  1. Increased hours of sleep

Although insomnia has increased in a portion of the population, for many the pandemic has had the opposite effect. With the reality of telecommuting, the travel time saved has turned into additional hours of sleep. Thus, the longer you sleep, the more rapid eye movement (REM) sleep you get, which is when the most vivid and emotional dreams occur.

  1. Our fears affect our dreams

Researchers theorize that dreams help solve problems, consolidate lasting memories and regulate emotions by replaying elements of events experienced during the day. The impact of the pandemic on a person’s dreams varies according to their level of trauma in the situation.

  1.  Social media amplifies our negative emotions

During the first wave of the pandemic, many people posted about their dreams online. This viral situation may have
prompted online users to remember their dreams related to COVID-19 and share them with their social networks. This
would have created a vicious circle that influenced people to dream more about the pandemic.

Possible solutions 

If your dreams are causing anxiety, Dr. Julie Carrier, CARSM researcher and director of Sleep on it! the Canadian public health campaign on sleep, suggests techniques to reduce their negative impact on your waking life:

• Rest assured that bad dreams are normal in today’s circumstances;
• Free your mind from topics that make you anxious early in the evening;
• Prepare your sleep by relaxing and thinking about things that make you feel good;
• Learn how to practice lucid dreaming, which makes you aware that you are dreaming.

In all cases, allow yourself moments of relaxation and take advantage of your hours of sleep. Dreams can be disturbing, but they are also impressionable, malleable and sometimes inspiring!

To learn more about sleep and sleep research:

SouStudy source: The COVID-19 Pandemic Is Changing Our Dreams 

Thank you for your support!

Donors of this campaign

Mr. Claude Boulais | $ 25.00

Anonymous | $ 250.00

Anonymous | $ 100.00

Mr. Philip Alleyn | $ 50.00

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