Today, the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) Foundation celebrated the generosity of Charles Benjamin and the Arbeiter family. Together, their exceptional support helped the Research Institute of the MUHC (RI-MUHC) open its first Cellular Therapy Laboratory within the Centre for Innovative Medicine at the hospital’s Glen site, which will focus exclusively on stem cell related research projects.
Charles Benjamin is a long-time donor to the MUHC Foundation, and was one of the leading forces behind the project. As a contributor to The Best Care for Life campaign, which helped to build the state-of-the-art Glen site healthcare facility, supporting the creation of the RI-MUHC’s Cellular Therapy Laboratory was another way in which he could help Montrealers benefit from the very best in patient care, research, and teaching.
For Ruby Arbeiter and his family, stem cell research is a cause close to their hearts. Ruby’s wife Annie Azoulay was a stem cell recipient and was treated at the MUHC. Together, before her passing, they created the Annie & Ruby Arbeiter Stem Cell Research Fund Drive. Through an annual in-store drive at the family’s toy store, JRC Toys, along with outreach in the community, Annie’s legacy continues to live on through this fundraising effort.
“The generosity of Charles Benjamin and the Arbeiter family demonstrates the true power and strength of a community in support of a common goal,” says Julie Quenneville, President of the MUHC Foundation. “The continued support of our donors makes the difference between good healthcare and the exceptional healthcare offered at the MUHC, and we are very grateful to everyone who contributed to this important initiative.”
Considered the “building blocks” of the body, stem cells are the body’s raw materials from which all other cells with specialized functions are generated. They can become more than 200 different cell types in the body, including muscle cells, blood cells, or brain cells. With their regenerative capabilities, stem cells have the potential to increase the understanding of how some of the most critical diseases occur and be used as an outlet to test new drugs for their safety and effectiveness.
The MUHC Foundation wishes to thank Charles Benjamin and the Arbeiter family for helping our hospital remain at the forefront of patient-centred care and for making a tangible difference in the lives of patients today and in the future.