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The Peter Assaly Memorial Fund

The founder of Paramount Paper Products, Nicholas Assaly, passed away from Leukemia in 1996. His son, Peter, who was Vice President, passed away from Leukemia in 2000. Peter's love for life and for others inspired his friends and family to create the Peter Assaly Memorial Fund. Maintaining the essence of Peter’s ideals, this fund contributes to the treatment and research of Acute Leukemia and related diseases, as well as provides financial support to patients who are unable to provide for their essential needs during treatment.

The fund also donates to applied clinical research, which enables the development of new laboratory technology to assist in the treatment of patients with cancers of the blood.

Each member of the Peter Assaly Memorial Fund Committee and its Medical Advisory Team is dedicated to making a difference in the lives of Leukemia patients. In doing so, it helps to establish the Royal Victoria Hospital as a leader in the treatment of hematological malignancies. Paramount Paper Products strongly supports the Peter Assaly Memorial Fund and is very pleased to have the support of our clients, suppliers and partners.

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our accomplishments

2007-2012 Hired a masseuse therapist specializing in Oncology for RVH hematology/oncology ward patients & outpatients undergoing treatment
2008-2011 Purchased 17 Reclining leather chair/beds for patients and their families
2011 Purchased 4 “Vital Sign Monitors” (Welch Allyn) for stem cell treatment room.
2009 Purchased a Lite Cycler Machine; which has new gene amplification technology to monitor patients. This may prevent those patients with malignant hematological disorders to relapse

Purchased portable DVD players. To be used while patients undergo treatment

Purchased fans for each non air-conditioned room on 7 Medical Oncology Ward patients at RVH

Pledged $100,000 to Stem Cell Research Project.


Internet connections and computers for 7 Medical Oncology Ward patients RVH

Funds associated with flying in a teenager from another country in order for him to undergo a bone marrow transplant at St. Justine’s hospital.

Folding beds (cots) for 7 Medical Oncology Ward patients RVH; for family members of patients staying over night in hospital


One of the main contributors to develop and open the 1st and only Umbilical Cord Blood Bank at the MUHC. The bank is used to develop methods to improve the procedures for cord blood stem cell utilization in the transplantation of adults and children at the MUHC.

Funded operational requirements of Lite Cycler Machine. Monitoring patients with this gene amplification technology may save those patients with malignant hematological disorders.

Collaborated in purchase of a COBE Apheresis Machine. This machine collects blood stem cells necessary for the transplation of patients with leukemia and other malignant hematological disorders.

Funded project: Collection of data for the MUHC transplant program. This was to obtain the accreditation by FAHCT(Federation for the Accreditation of Hematopoietic Cell Therapy) which is necessary to ensure that patients who undergo hematopoietic stem cell transplantation at the MUHC get the best care available. They have since been accredited.

2002 Set up a Fund at Cedars CanSupport to subsidize patient needs. One example: a patient who’s sister was a match for a bone marrow transplant had to be flown in from the Philippines.

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