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Made by giving back

Marla Shapiro, MDCM’79

Medical Specialist for CTV News
Professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Toronto

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I remember getting my letter of acceptance from McGill, and clearly, that letter changed my life. It started me on a career path that I could not have imagined.

The philosophy at McGill medical school that graduates should be credentialed both in Canada and in the U.S. made me realize that no dream was too big to be imagined and enacted.

In 2004, my life took a new direction when I was diagnosed with invasive breast cancer. As a physician and cancer patient, you gain a greater appreciation for the centres of excellence around the world that treat these life-threatening illnesses.

The importance of world-class cancer centres – like the Rosalind and Morris Goodman Cancer Research Centre at McGill – that fuel research and state-of-the-art science to benefit people, its patients and the greater world community cannot be overstated. I was honoured to participate in the inaugural Goodman Cancer Research Gala in 2010 and it was amazing to see the incredible support that the Montreal community has for this cause.

Since graduating, I have kept close ties to McGill because I think it’s important to be involved with the University that opened the doors of my future. Giving back is the philosophy that drives me to be involved in all the work I do. I am proud of the quality of McGill medical school and I am always honoured to say that I am an alumna.