The holiday season is well underway and for most of us, it’s a joyous time—despite things looking a bit different this year. Your donation to the Holiday Molly campaign ensures that we can continue with other ground-breaking research that could one day cure cancer, eliminate Alzheimer’s, or prevent heart disease.

It’s a gift that can give hope to so many this holiday season. You can help us save lives—and memories—today.



40 years ago Molly Moore took a simple but dramatic step - she gave five dollars to Dalhousie Medical Research Foundation. While not a woman of great means, she believed that if everyone made a gift to support medical research, together we could make a big difference.

Today you, our donors, are making that big difference.

Now, more than ever, we know that health research has the power to change and save lives; living through a global health pandemic has made that abundantly clear.

While dozens of our exceptional researchers race to find faster diagnosis, better treatments and ultimately, a vaccine for the novel coronavirus COVID-19, other crucial research areas urgently need support. 

Each of us has been impacted by cancer, dementia, cardiac conditions and so much more. Our researchers can’t stop now, just because there is a global pandemic. They must work even harder to ensure our health and wellbeing. 

That’s why this year’s Molly Appeal is supporting health research that is critical, but had to take a backseat while we urgently raised funds for COVID-19 research. This year, your Molly gift will have its greatest impact yet, as your support bolsters multiple areas of local health research. 

Read on to learn more! 





Dear DMRF Molly Donors, 

The year 2020 is showing us all what it really means to come together. Time and time again, in the midst of the global COVID-19 pandemic, we’re seeing stirring examples of humanity coming together with support for positive change.

This spirit of community and making the world a better place is what the Molly Appeal has always been about. Molly believed that if we each give what we can to medical research, together, we can make a huge difference in people’s lives.

And Molly was right. The difference YOU have made is nothing short of remarkable, and we’re so grateful.

Your donations have been invaluable in our researchers’ work to conquer the coronavirus. I am overwhelmed by the support we’ve received from you and our fellow Maritimers. But while our researchers continue to work tirelessly to find a vaccine for COVID-19, other vital research projects – in areas such as cancer, Alzheimer’s and cardiac care – urgently need funding. 

Your support is needed now more than ever. As a consequence of the pandemic, funding sources such as grants for health research have been diverted or delayed. That means we’re relying on our family of supporters to make sure vital research doesn’t fall behind – or stop altogether.

By giving to the Molly Appeal today, you’ll support life-changing, life-saving research projects you have come to know us for.  This is why this fall’s Molly Appeal campaign is so important, because it ensures that health research, on all fronts, is going strong, so each of us, can go strong.  

In the past 40 years of the Molly Appeal, we’ve seen what happens when we all come together; when we become part of something greater than ourselves. As the holidays approach, I’m asking you to come together once again, so our experts can move forward in their quest to discover life-saving treatments and cures for you and those you love.

Thank you, from all of us at DMRF.

With gratitude,

Joanne Bath

Chief Executive Officer, DMRF


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Dear DMRF Supporters, 

The holiday season is well underway and for most of us, it’s a joyous time—despite things looking a bit different this year. But for families who have a loved one with Alzheimer’s, the holidays can be a heartbreaking occasion. The excitement of the season quickly fades when someone you love doesn’t recognize you.  

Alzheimer’s is a devastating, unrelenting disease—one that we still don’t completely understand. But thanks to you, Dalhousie researchers are closer than ever to revolutionizing the way we treat this illness—and so many others. That’s why I’m hoping you’ll make a special gift to Dalhousie Medical Research Foundation this holiday, and further advance research into diseases like Alzheimer’s, cancer, and heart disease.

Alzheimer’s research has come a long way, thanks to your support. The team at Dalhousie at pioneering the world’s first technology for diagnosing Alzheimer’s disease in its early stages. We’ve even identified a unique marker of the disease—meaning we’re one step closer to actually being able to diagnose and treat it effectively. We are also working to identify a compound that could prevent Alzheimer’s from taking hold and halt the traumatic effects of this disease on patients and their families within our aging society. 

Your gift today ensures that we can continue with this critical research, and other ground-breaking projects that could one day cure cancer or prevent heart disease.

That’s why we hope you’ll donate today, and give the gift of hope to so many this holiday season. You can help us save lives—and memories.

With heartfelt thanks, 

Dr. Sultan Darvesh, MD, PhD, FRCPC, MCIC, FCAHS

Professor of Medicine (Neurology/Geriatric Medicine) and Medical Neuroscience

DMRF Irene MacDonald Sobey Chair in Curative Approaches to Alzheimer's Disease

Director of The Maritime Brain Tissue Bank

Faculty of Medicine, Dalhousie University


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While our researchers share the stories of their health research trials and triumphs, nothing drives home the importance of their dedication and talent more than stories from the patients who have benefited from their trailblazing work. Thanks to the generosity of our donors, DMRF has been able to continue to help fund their crucial work despite the challenges of the global health pandemic. We thank these patients for sharing their personal, and at times, emotional experiences, paticularly as they navigated the "new normal" that is living in a world with COVID-19. 

With your support, we can continue to impact the lives of people like Karen and Wally Brown, PaulMacAulay, Jane, John S. and family, as well as Malcom MacDonald with funds raised through this year's DMRF Molly Appeal.



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