Mr. Odette and his wife Gloria, who predeceased him, made a landmark gift to Sunnybrook's cancer care and research in 2007, which was celebrated with the naming of the Edmond Odette Cancer Centre.
"This is sad news for the entire Sunnybrook community. We offer our condolences and support to Mr. Odette's family and friends during this difficult time," says Dr. Barry McLellan, Sunnybrook's president and CEO. "Mr. and Mrs. Odette's generosity has been essential in allowing Sunnybrook to build advanced facilities, purchase leading-edge equipment, attract talented medical professionals and pioneer the treatments of tomorrow."
Mr. and Mrs. Odette's philanthropic vision was characterized by a keen interest in the projects they supported. Understanding the tremendous value of breast cancer screening, the couple supported the conversion of the Gloria Odette Breast Imaging Centre to a digital mammography platform.
The Odette Cancer Centre's world-leading research into a patient-friendly, partial breast radiation therapy known as breast brachytherapy is another example of the couple's impact. With essential support from the Odette family, Sunnybrook's Dr. Jean-Philippe Pignol pioneered the treatment, which uses tiny, low-radiation seeds to target and kill lingering cancer cells following breast tumour removal.