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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.
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Martine Blanchard and Janic Godin will host the important event along with several of their ICI Acadie colleagues and campaign co-chairs Joannie Benoît and Denis Larocque.

Preparations are underway for a broadcast that will be high in emotions. As tradition has it, patients, survivors and health care professionals will tell their stories. They will talk about the efforts made in their communities to raise money and help overcome the disease. Throughout the day, there will be performances by numerous artists.

Colette Francoeur, director of Radio-Canada in the Atlantic Provinces, says the Radiothon is an important event for her and her colleagues. “Radio-Canada has been collaborating with the Chu Dumont Foundation for many years on this. It is a unifying project that reaches out to the whole community. The Radiothon highlights the efforts of hundreds of volunteers who work year-round for the Tree of Hop, and we are proud to be associated to such an event. ”

Joannie Benoît is a cancer survivor who has been associated with the radiothon for several years. This is her first time as a co-chair. “I have been involved with the organization for over ten years. I am always amazed at the amount of work being done, at the progress being achieved. The radiothon is an opportunity to celebrate the work and to demonstrate our support to those who are battling the disease and to the health care professionals who work tirelessly to improve treatments.”

Funds from the 2017 campaign will contribute to several projects that will improve cancer treatments and increase the comfort of patients. Some initiatives have already been announced, namely the Dynamic Adaptive Radiation Therapy project and the Mohs surgery technique. The first project will help provide faster, more precise radiation therapy treatments, while the second will vastly improve treatment of certain skin cancers. A few weeks ago, the Tree of Hope Campaign announced that donations to the 2017 campaign would also be used to fund the purchase of new treatment chairs for patients receiving care at the Edmundston Regional Hospital. These specialized treatment chairs will be more comfortable for patients and more ergonomic for staff. Other key projects will be announced in the coming weeks.

MUSICAL LINEUP

Acadian artists will be part of the celebration again this year, many of whom will take the stage. They include:

George Belliveau, Kit Goguen, Michel Thériault, Emilie Landry, Sandra Lecouteur, Laurie LeBlanc, Izabelle Ouellet, Mario Lebreton, Jesse Mea, Christine Melanson, Joannie Benoit, Phil Athanase, Cy, Alexandre Dionne and Marc Lamontagne.

THERE ARE MANY WAYS TO FOLLOW THE RADIOTHON

Internet-users will be able to listen to a live feed and follow the event throughout the day at radio-canada.ca/espoir2017. The site will include testimonials, photos and much more! Photos and videos will also be broadcast throughout the day at ICI Radio-Canada Télé.

KICK-OFF ON CBC’S INFORMATION MORNING

The CBC Information Morning team is first up with its 17th annual Radiothon open house from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m, live from the CBC Radio One studios in Moncton, located at 165 Main Street. The public is invited to join hosts Jonna Brewer and Vanessa Blanch, along with Tree of Hope campaign co-chairs Joannie Benoit and Denis Larocque and for a morning of inspiring stories of courage and hope. Local musicians will perform live in studio throughout the morning. Listen live: 106.1 FM Greater Moncton, 90.5 FM Campbellton/Dalhousie, 97.9 FM Bathurst/Miramichi and 105.7 FM Sackville.

The ICI Acadie, CBC and CHU Dumont Foundation teams invite you to this great celebration that will air November 24th, from 6 to 9 a.m., on CBC Radio One and from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., on ICI Radio-Canada Première. The public is also invited to join in on the celebration starting at 9 a.m. at CCNB-Dieppe.

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