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Moncton, Tuesday, February 6, 2018 - The eighth edition of the Tour of Hope will be the largest yet. More than 120 cyclists have registered for the event. The Tour of Hope is a 650 km cycling event over four days that raises funds for the Tree of Hope Campaign. The event also helps promote the importance of healthy living. The 2018 Tour of Hope will take place from July 26 to July 29. In 2017, the event raised $160,000. 

Once again this year, cyclists from across the province will participate in the event:

  • Chaleur Region: 31
  • Southeast: 29
  • Edmundston Region: 22
  • Acadian Peninsula: 16
  • Saint-Quentin/Kedgwick: 12
  • Grand Falls: 3
  • Kent County: 3
  • Fredericton: 2
  • St. John/Rothesay: 2
  • Rogersville: 1
In 2017, the Tour of Hope brought together 67 cyclists. In 2016, 50 cyclists participated. The Tour of Hope Organizing Committee is thrilled with the number of registrations this year.

“The amount of interest in this year’s event is just incredible,” says Dr. Carole Williams, Co-Chair of the Tour of Hope. “The Northwest, Restigouche, Chaleur, Acadian Peninsula and the Southeast regions are all well-represented, and once again this year, we will have cyclists from different age groups and with different levels of experience. They will all come together to raise funds for the 30th Tree of Hope Campaign. I can tell you from experience that the funds raised make a real difference in the quality of care we can offer cancer patients here in New Brunswick.”

Denise Landry Nadeau, Co-Chair of the event, is enthusiastically looking forward to the 2018 edition of the Tour of Hope.

“What a great group of cyclists we have for the eighth edition! Among the 120 cyclists, some are participating for the first time, and others have taken part in previous editions. If previous years are any indication, a wonderful camaraderie will develop within the group. And let’s not forget what this is all about: raising funds for the 30th edition of the Tree of Hope Campaign and promoting a healthy, active lifestyle.”

The planning committee is thrilled at the growing popularity of the event, and is calling for volunteers who can help ensure the event runs smoothly.

“We are very pleased with the number of participants! It has far exceeded our expectations,” explains Jacques B. LeBlanc, president and CEO of the CHU Dumont Foundation and Chief Organizer for the event. “But with so many cyclists, we need to make sure we have a larger group of volunteers this year. Those who have given their time in the past will tell you it is a jam-packed weekend, but we all have fun and make new friends. We invite anyone interested in helping out to contact us.”

2018 is an important year for the Tree of Hope Campaign, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary. Since its inception in 1989, the campaign has raised more than $26 million. Funds raised have contributed to improved care at the Dr. Léon-Richard Oncology Centre and Satellite Units in Northern New Brunswick, cancer research efforts, and improved comfort of patients who stay free-of-charge at the Mgr. Henri-Cormier Lodge.

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Moncton, January 15 2018 - Cyclists who wish to take advantage of the early-bird registration for the 2018 Tour of Hope may do so until January 31st. This year, the event will take place from July 26th to 29th.

The Tour of Hope is a fundraising event for the Tree of Hope Campaign. This four-day cycling tour helps raise awareness of the importance of adopting a healthy lifestyle. The 2017 Tour of Hope raised a total of $160,000.

“Next July, the Tour of Hope participants will have the chance to cycle around New Brunswick alongside people who, like them, are committed to improving the care of cancer patients in New Brunswick," said event Co-Chair Dr. Carole Williams. “The funds raised make a real difference in the quality of care offered to cancer patients, right here in New Brunswick.” 

As was the case last year, the tour will kick off in Edmundston on Thursday morning. That day, participants will cycle to Campbellton. After a well-deserved night of rest, they will cycle through the Chaleur region and reach Caraquet. On Saturday, they will travel from Caraquet to Miramichi, via Tracadie and Neguac. On the last day of the event, the cyclists will travel from Miramichi to Moncton, passing through Kent County and the Shediac area. 

“I am looking forward to sharing this great adventure with cyclists from all over New Brunswick,” said Co-Chair Denise Landry Nadeau. “The Tour of Hope conveys a message to the population about the importance of being active and committed to improving our health. This is an experience that we will never forget. It allows us to challenge ourselves physically and mentally. And to create new friendships and many memories!”  

2018 is an important year for the Tree of Hope Campaign. It celebrates its 30th anniversary. Since its inception in 1989, the campaign has raised close to 26 million dollars. Donations are used to improve patient care at the Dr. Léon-Richard Oncology Centre in Moncton and in satellite units in Northern New Brunswick. They also support cancer research efforts and fund improvements at the Mgr. Henri-Cormier Lodge, where patients can stay free-of-charge.

To take advantage of reduced pledge requirements, participants must register by January 31st, 2018. For details, please visit: www.tourespoir.com.

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New Brunswickers have once again shown their support for the Tree of Hope Campaign by raising a total of $1,619,743. The amount was presented at the end of Radio-Canada’s Tree of Hope Radiothon, the high-point of the annual campaign.

The exciting radio event was hosted by Martine Blanchard and Janic Godin. It was broadcast live from the CCNB Dieppe from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., on ICI Radio-Canada Première. CBC radio hosts Jonna Brewer and Vanessa Blanch launched the radiothon, from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m., on CBC Radio One.

“Throughout the day, we heard testimonies of hope, courage and determination,” says Tree of Hope Campaign Co-Chair Denis Larocque. “Indeed, we raised a lot of money thanks to our volunteers, our donors and our partners. Let us also remember that those who are fighting the disease and the professionals who care for them have received a clear message today: they are not alone in this fight. They have the people of New Brunswick behind them. And, we have had the proof during this 29th Tree of Hope Campaign!”

Joannie Benoit is a cancer survivor and Co-Chair of the Tree of Hope Campaign. She also experienced strong emotions.

"It's fantastic! Words cannot express the gratitude I feel towards the generosity of the public! Throughout the day, we heard touching testimonies from patients, survivors, health care professionals, donors and volunteers. Many artists came here today and told us that they were here to support us. All those who came to the Dieppe CCNB today have one thing in common: they believe in the cause. They hope that by joining our efforts we can do more to fight cancer. We have proven again today that we are stronger together!”

For Ms. Colette Francoeur, Regional Director of ICI Acadie, the radiothon is an activity that brings people together. "We cannot remain indifferent to such an outpour of generosity and to all the work being done in the communities to fight the disease. Therefore, ICI Acadie’s extended family is proud to be associated with the Tree of Hope. I salute the members of our team who rose to the challenge once again to make this a memorable day of radio. And I warmly congratulate all those who have contributed to the success of the campaign. »

Jacques B. LeBlanc is President and CEO of the CHU Dumont Foundation.

“This has been another incredible moment! On behalf of the patients and the medical staff, I sincerely thank all those who contributed to the Tree of Hope Campaign, either by donating money or by offering their time to support the cause. The campaign is a success because it rests on solid foundations in many New Brunswick communities. The reason is simple. It benefits patients from all over the province. With the funds raised, we will be able to continue to improve the quality of care provided to cancer patients.”

Donations to the 29th Tree of Hope Campaign will be invested in improving care provided at the Dr. Léon-Richard Oncology Centre and at the satellite units in Northern New Brunswick. Funds will also be used to continue research against cancer and to improve the comfort of patients who stay free-of-charge at the Mgr. Henri-Cormier Lodge in Moncton.

The following are among this year’s priority projects:
  • Purchasing the necessary equipment to perform the Mohs surgery technique to treat some skin cancers.
  • Implementing Dynamic Adaptive Radiation Therapy to better target affected tissues and reduce the dose administered to healthy tissues.
  • Purchasing Vein Viewers to help better identify puncture sits and to avoid associated complications.
  • Purchasing new specialized treatment chairs to improve the comfort of patients and provide improved ergonomics to staff.
  • Purchasing a Fletcher applicator that is used for CT scans and MRIs. It is mostly used for cervical cancer.
  • Various improvement and maintenance projects at the Mgr. Henri-Cormier Lodge.
For more details:
Denis Robichaud
Director, Communications and Public Relations
CHU Dumont Foundation
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Cynthia Boudreau
Communications Officer
Radio-Canada
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Moncton, Wednesday, November 22, 2017 – The big day is almost here! The Tree of Hope Campaign raises money to fund cancer research, to improve cancer treatments, and to increase patient comfort. All donations are reinvested right here in New Brunswick. The annual Radiothon is the Campaign’s biggest event, and it’s happening this Friday!

Where do proceeds go?
  • The Dr. Léon-Richard Oncology Centre, which receives over 60,000 patient visits each year;
  • Satellite units in Edmundston, Campbellton, Bathurst and Caraquet;
  • The Mgr. Henri-Cormier Lodge, where over 1,800 patients stay for free each year;
  • Cancer research.

Friends of HealthCare Foundation and Tree of Hope Campaign join forces

Campbellton, Tuesday, November 21, 2017 – The Tree of Hope Campaign and the Friends of HealthCare Foundation proudly announced a total investment of $175,000 in five projects to improve oncology care at the Campbellton Regional Hospital.

Through this collaborative effort, the Tree of Hope Campaign and the Friends of HealthCare Foundation will purchase the following equipment:
  • A cryostat, which will be used to diagnose and monitor cancer;
  • Two radiography monitors, which will be used to diagnose breast cancer;
  • Six specialized treatment chairs, which will be more comfortable for patients and more ergonomic for the medical staff;
  • Two vital sign monitors for oncology patients;
  • A refrigerator, which will be used to keep cancer medications at a constant temperature.

You are invited to take part in Radio-Canada’s Tree of Hope Radiothon. It will air live from CCNB-Dieppe on Friday, November 24, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. The programming was unveiled on Thursday, November 2nd as part of the traditional lighting of the Tree of Hope at the Dr. Léon-Richard Oncology Centre.

The Tree of Hope Campaign unveils two major projects in Moncton

Moncton, Friday, October 27, 2017 – The Tree of Hope Campaign has revealed details about two of its initiatives for the 2017 edition of the campaign. The announcement took place at the Dr. Léon-Richard Oncology Centre in Moncton.

Edmundston, Friday, October 20, 2017 – It was with great pride that the Tree of Hope Campaign and the Edmundston Regional Hospital Foundation announced a total investment of $150,000 in two projects improving cancer care in Edmundston.

September 20, 2017 – The Tree of Hope Campaign is proud to announce the appointment of Ms. Joannie Benoit and Mr. Denis Larocque as Co-Chairs of the 2017 Campaign.

Singer and musician Joannie Benoit has already been involved in the Tree of Hope as a Treekeeper. Over the years, she has participated in many of the Campaign’s activities.

Moncton, Sunday, July 30, 2017—Participants in the Tour of Hope 2017 can safely say “mission accomplished”. The 70 cyclists crossed the finish line late Sunday, greeted by friends and family at Assomption Place in Moncton.

The Tour of Hope, presented by National Bank, is an annual fundraiser supporting the Tree of Hope Campaign. Proceeds are used to purchase highly specialized equipment; train highly-specialized teams at the Dr. Léon-Richard Oncology Centre; purchase equipment for satellite units in northern New Brunswick; support cancer research efforts; and update the Mgr. Henri-Cormier Lodge in Moncton. In 2016, the Tour of Hope raised more than $113,000.

“We just experienced another incredible adventure!” says Dr. Carole Williams, gynecologist-oncologist and co-chair of the Tour of Hope 2017. “We received another warm welcome as we passed through various communities. We really felt that people were there to support us, and that makes a huge difference when you’re taking on such a physical challenge. We had the opportunity to mingle with other participants, make friends, and share the reasons we decided to take part in the Tour of Hope. The adventure will be engraved in our memories for a long time.”

Tour of Hope’s organizers are thankful for the support of the partners who made the 2017 edition a success. Jacques B. LeBlanc is President and CEO of the CHU Dumont Foundation.

“The Tour of Hope is a real team effort. In addition to tackling a physical feat, covering 650 km in 4 days, participants also stepped up to call on their friends and family to make donations. We are very grateful for the public’s generosity. We are also very pleased to have the support of National Bank, who has been behind this event since its very beginning. We would also like to sincerely thank Assomption Life, Fitworks and Groupe Savoie, without whom this edition would not have been possible.”

The following sponsors also supported the Tour of Hope:
  • The Collège communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick, Campbellton Campus;
  • New Brunswick Community College, Miramichi Campus
  • La Polyvalente Cité des jeunes A.-M.-Sormany in Edmundston
  • The Village of Grande-Anse
  • The Village Historique Acadien in Caraquet
  • Coop IGA Dieppe
  • Coop Tradition Saint-Louis-de-Kent
  • Jean Coutu Pharmacy Dieppe
  • Ambulance New Brunswick
  • Carter’s Septic Tank Service
  • My Days Off Auto Detailing and Auto Accessories
  • Taylor Ford Lincoln Moncton
Réjean Després, Vice President, Personal and Commercial Banking, Atlantic Canada was co-chair of the event for the second year.

“We all know someone who is fighting or who has fought cancer. The Tour of Hope is a perfect example of a fundraising event that brings people together and helps patients while promoting healthy living habits. I think we can all tip our hats to the 70 participants, who did remarkable work. And let’s not forget all of the volunteers, including several National Bank employees, who were there to support participants during the four intense days of cycling. Without them, none of this would have been possible!”

According to Claude Paré, Vice President of the Provincial Cabinet for the Tree of Hope Campaign, the Tour of Hope 2017 was a success on all fronts.

“I would like to sincerely thank the cyclists and the entire support team! They were able to pull off this incredible feat, and we are extremely proud to be able to have them as members of the Tree of Hope family. They showed courage and determination, inspired by those bravely fighting cancer. We are stronger together, and I assure you that funds raised during the 2017 edition will make a significant difference in the quality of care offered to patients in New Brunswick.”

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For more details or to schedule an interview:
Denis Robichaud, Director of Communications – Tree of Hope Campaign
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Friday, November 25, 2016 - The Radio-Canada Tree of Hope Radiothon, the Tree of Hope Campaign’s biggest fundraising event, has been a huge success again this year. Thanks to the incredible generosity of partners and the public, the campaign reached its goal of raising  $1.5 million. Important projects will receive funding thanks to New Brunswickers’ support.

MONCTON, November 21, 2016—The big week is finally here; the Tree of Hope Radiothon is this Friday, November 25. The Tree of Hope Campaign raises money to fund cancer research, to improve cancer treatments, and to increase patient comfort. The annual Radiothon is the Campaign’s biggest event, and this year’s goal is set at $1.5 million.

Proceeds of the event will benefit the Dr. Léon-Richard Oncology Centre, regional satellite units in northern New Brunswick, as well as the Mgr. Henri-Cormier Lodge. Some of the money raised will also fund cancer research. Thanks to the support of donors, partners, and sponsors over the years, the Tree of Hope Campaign has completed significant infrastructure projects and purchased cutting-edge equipment.

“I have had such an amazing experience during the 2016 Tree of Hope Campaign,” says Denis Richard, Co-chair of this year’s Campaign. “I am currently fighting cancer myself, and am receiving chemo treatments, but I have met so many inspiring people and have heard messages of hope and determination. My experience with the campaign has helped me immensely in my own battle. I have witnessed firsthand everything the Tree of Hope Campaign has accomplished, and I hope people will give generously again this year,” says Denis Richard.

Robert Maillet, who is Co-chair of the Campaign for a second year, is touched by his experience again this year.

“It really is a life-changing experience, and I am realizing more and more how important this campaign is and the effect it has on New Brunswickers. I have met people from all over the province who have told me their stories and explained how this campaign has made a difference to them. The Tree of Hope Campaign has achieved great things over the years, and I am honoured to be a part of it. I humbly ask people to donate to the campaign again this year.”

The public is invited to attend the Tree of Hope Radiothon at the Dieppe NBCC on Friday, November 25. The event will be broadcast live from 9 a.m.to 7 p.m. on ICI Radio-Canada Première. Hosts Samuel Chiasson and Amélie Gosselin will be joined by several guests and, of course, Co-chairs Denis Richard and Robert Maillet. CBC Radio One will also be a part of the event, with the CBC Tree of Hope Radiothon, from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m., hosted by Jonna Brewer and Vanessa Blanch.

This year’s musical lineup includes performances from Amélie Gallant, Amélie Hall, Christian Kit Goguen, Danny Boudreau, Denis Richard, George Belliveau, Ginette Landry, Ginette Marie, Isabelle Pelletier, Joannie Benoit, Joey Robin Haché, Kevin McIntyre, Les Méchants Maquereaux, Mario LeBreton, Simon Daniel and Troiselle

Donate now at 1-800-862-6775 or by visiting www.arbredelespoir.ca.
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For more information or to schedule an interview:
Isabelle Stewart
Communications Officer, Tree of Hope Campaign
(506) 869-2106
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