Impact Report

2020 – 2021

Your kindness and compassion create our impact — yesterday, today, and tomorrow.

2020 at a glance

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Molly Appeal 2020: Over $525,000 raised

The DMRF Molly Appeal is a Maritime-wide fundraising campaign that supports lifesaving research in Atlantic Canada. Beginning in 1980 when a local housekeeper named Molly Moore donated a $5 bill to medical research, the campaign is based on Molly’s belief that if we all give what we can, together we can make a big difference.

This past year, our community stepped up like never before. In the spring of 2020, the Molly Appeal set out to raise funds for COVID-19 research in the Maritimes, and we’re thrilled to report that we doubled our fundraising goal for this campaign. Thanks to your generous donations, 100 per cent of the spring Molly Appeal funds were put directly toward COVID-19 research projects in the region.

As we moved further into the pandemic, our fall Molly Appeal focused on ensuring that health research in other critical areas continued to take place—this research included cancer, cardiac care, dementia, and more. While COVID-19 research remained a top priority, we understood that cancer doesn’t stop for a pandemic, Alzheimer’s doesn’t slow down because of a new virus variant, and the challenges faced by those experiencing health issues are amplified in the face a worldwide health crisis. You, our donors, understood this too, and your contributions to the fall Molly Appeal helped fund three studentships to ensure research capacity in these critical areas will continue during these trying times.

Graduate students are the backbone of research; they are essential to the development of new knowledge in science and medicine.

Dr. Roger McLeod, Associate Dean of Research, Faculty of Medicine, Dalhousie University

Campaign highlights

  • 600 new donors
  • Public relations efforts garnered a total of 27 media hits, across broadcast, print and online media
  • 3,298 donations
  • Over $525,000 raised
Your Giving: Advanced COVID-19 Research

In 2020, DMRF donors and staff responded rapidly to the COVID-19 pandemic. From increased public engagement and fundraising efforts to teaming up with strategic partners to drive local COVID-19 research, we are incredibly proud of the work that we’ve done together.

I want to help make the virus go away so that no one gets sick and so that I can go back to school and see my friends. I want to go swimming with my best friend Hailey.

Kaisa Brodsky, DMRF donor, age 6

DMRF is focused on raising funds to support the health areas that impact you. View our funding priorities

Connecting with DMRF two years ago has been an absolute game-changer. With critical funding support from the Foundation in our sails, we’re well on our way to commercializing new technologies for the treatment of osteoarthritis, and are actively working with orthopedic surgeons around world to develop novel synthetic bone grafts for the treatment of scoliosis and other conditions. DMRF donors truly create a domino effect, and their support will allow us to treat patients across the globe within the coming years. I look forward to this continued partnership and rapid momentum.

Dr. Daniel Boyd, Dalhousie University

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Connecting with DMRF two years ago has been an absolute game-changer. With critical funding support from the Foundation in our sails, we’re well on our way to commercializing new technologies for the treatment of osteoarthritis, and are actively working with orthopedic surgeons around world to develop novel synthetic bone grafts for the treatment of scoliosis and other conditions. DMRF donors truly create a domino effect, and their support will allow us to treat patients across the globe within the coming years. I look forward to this continued partnership and rapid momentum.

Dr. Daniel Boyd, Dalhousie University

With the help of this funding, we’ve been able to hire two African Nova Scotian community researchers, conduct interviews, survey 800 people from the community, and begin the development of an infrastructure that addresses the social determinants of health, and supports the health and well-being of African Nova Scotian and Black communities in Nova Scotia now and into the future.

Dr. OmiSoore Dryden, Dalhousie University

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The results of this program have been truly amazing. During the feasibility trial, just after 28 days, we saw a significant drop in mental health distress among our patients, and better cognitive function. Many men have asked to remain engaged in the program as mentors and Research Citizens to other patients going through the program in future, given how helpful it has been for them. We also had a zero percent drop out rate during the feasibility study, which is rare in a multifaceted study such as this.

Dr. Gabriela Ilie, Endowed Soillse (sohl’sha) Research Scientist in Prostate Cancer Quality of Life Research; Assistant Professor, Departments of Community Health and Epidemiology, Urology, Psychology, and Neuroscience, Radiation Oncology

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Patients whose lives were changed by your giving

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One of the most important aspects of this program was the community support, as we really can’t imagine what it would be like to go through this process alone. With this benefit—and countless others—our hope is that the Prostate Cancer Patient Empowerment Program can be made available to all men and their respective families as they go through the journey of dealing with prostate cancer.

Jerome and Colette Noseworthy

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As we wind down our research careers, we wanted to give back and help facilitate ongoing research at Dalhousie. As our population ages, more and more people will experience Parkinson’s. With our gift to DMRF, our hope is to support research advances that can help prevent and cure this disease. We look forward to seeing the work that will follow in the years to come.

Dr. Harold Robertson and Dr. Elizabeth Townsend

Your newest giving opportunity

I began donating to DMRF about five years ago, at age 8. I was inspired by the research my dad was doing at Dalhousie, and I wanted to help make a difference. I am proud to participate in the DMRF Influencer Program with my family, to help better the future.

Sophie McCormick, donor, and daughter of Dalhousie Researcher Dr. Craig McCormick

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