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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.

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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.”
The 2017 edition of the Tour of Hope will be the largest since the event’s inception in 2011. A total of 61 cyclists have registered for the event, which will take place from July 27th to 30th.
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“We are thrilled at the number of registrations,” says Dr. Carole Williams, co-chair of the event and Gynecologist-Oncologist at the Dr. Léon-Richard Oncology Centre. “The cyclists who take part in the 2017 edition of the event will quickly learn how gratifying it is to participate in an event that brings people together.”

The Tour of Hope is a fundraising event in support of the Tree of Hope Campaign. Funds raised will be used to: purchase specialized equipment; train highly specialized teams at the Dr. Léon-Richard Oncology Centre; fund cancer research; purchase equipment for satellite units in northern New Brunswick; refurbish the Mgr.-Henri-Cormier Lodge; and to raise awareness about the benefits of a  healthy lifestyle.

Réjean Després, co-chair of the Tour of Hope 2017 and Vice President, Personal and Commercial Banking, Atlantic Region for National Bank, is also pleased with the number of registered cyclists.

“Having participated in the event myself last year, I can tell you first-hand that cyclists will experience an incredible adventure. Not only is it a physical challenge, but it’s also an opportunity to meet extraordinary people who are motivated to make a difference in their community. When you know that the funds raised stay here, in New Brunswick, and that they are used to improve cancer treatment, research, and patient comfort, you quickly forget how physically difficult it is and you just appreciate how fortunate you are to be able to take on this kind of challenge.”

Participants in the 2017 Tour of Hope will once again try to raise over $80,000 for the Tree of Hope Campaign. To support a cyclist, please visit: www.tourespoir.com.
The Tree of Hope Campaign is proud to announce that the Tour of Hope will be back this year, from July 27 to July 30. The Tour will once again kick off in Edmundston to end in Moncton but the event will be spread over four days instead of three. In total, cyclists will travel over 650 km.

The Tour of Hope is a province-wide fundraising event that helps support the annual Tree of Hope Campaign. All funds raised stay in New Brunswick for patients battling cancer. Donations to the Tree of Hope Campaign enable the purchase of specialized equipment and continuous training of the highly specialized teams at the Dr. Léon-Richard Oncology Centre; support cancer research efforts; help with the purchase of key pieces of equipment for Northern Satellite Units; fund improvements at the Mgr. Henri-Cormier Lodge; and help raise awareness of the importance of healthy living.
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Réjean Després, Vice President, Personal and Commercial Banking (Atlantic Canada) at National Bank of Canada, is once again co-chairing this event. “The Tour of Hope is a challenge that will push your limits. It’s also an opportunity to take the time to think about those who are fighting or who have fought cancer. It’s also a message that we share with the population regarding the importance of leading an active lifestyle and being an engaged citizen. The National Bank of Canada is extremely proud to once again support the Tour of Hope!”

Dr. Carole Williams, gynecologist-oncologist at the CHU Dumont, will be taking part in the event for a third time. This is her second year as Tour of Hope Co-Chair. “I can assure you that the message of hope that participants are helping to spread and the funds that they raise make a tremendous difference in the fight against cancer in New Brunswick. During my previous experiences with the Tour, I’ve had the chance to meet extraordinary people who want to make a difference. They have shown courage and determination to reach their goals and I feel so fortunate to once again be able to take part in this great adventure this summer.” 

To register as a participant or a volunteer, please visit: www.tourespoir.com. You will also find answers to your questions here. Early-bird rates end on April 1st. For more information, please contact the Tree of Hope Campaign by phone: 506-862-4285 / 1-800-862-6775 or by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
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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.


My name is Cédric. I’m five years old, and I have Acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Since I’m only five, I asked my parents, Jolyne and Jérémie, to help me write this letter to you today. Even if it’s written in big people’s words, this is my story, and I want to share it with you.

I found out I have leukemia on September 25, 2014, when I was three years old. You might think it’s easier to find out you’re sick when you’re little, because you don’t really understand what’s happening, but that isn’t true at all. For me, having leukemia means I have to spend a lot of time in the hospital, away from my friends, my toys and my house. It also means a lot of injections!

 D756651The Tree of Hope Campaign is pleased to announce that singer-songwriter and actor Denis Richard will be joining actor and wrestler Robert Maillet as Co-chair of the Campaign.

“We are honoured to have Denis join the Campaign,” says Claude Paré, Vice-president of the Provincial Tree of Hope Cabinet. “Over the past few years, Denis has fought cancer himself and despite his illness, he has never hesitated to help the Campaign, either by sharing his experience or by playing at the Tree of Hope Radiothon. His energy is contagious, and we are thrilled to have him on the Campaign team!”

Dieppe, November 27, 2015 – Several hundred people gathered at CCNB-Dieppe today as part of Radio-Canada’s Radiothon, the highlight of the Tree of Hope Campaign. By the end of the day, the calculator displayed the impressive amount of 1 804 116 dollars!

Robert Maillet and Luc LeBlanc wanted to thank the thousands of volunteers who have worked tirelessly for several months in order to reach the Campaign’s goal of raising more than $1.7 million this year. “The strength of the Tree of Hope Campaign lies in its incredible ability to bring communities together in a collaborative effort across the province. Your generosity is beautiful and impressive! From the bottom of our hearts and on behalf of everyone affected by cancer, we say thank you,” says Luc LeBlanc.

The Radiothon was broadcast from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on ICI Radio-Canada Première. Hosts Amélie Gosselin and Samuel Chiasson were joined by Robert Maillet and Luc LeBlanc, campaign co-chairs. Throughout the day, they interviewed cancer patients and survivors, health care professionals, volunteers and donors. Dozens of artists also performed in turn. An impressive production made possible thanks to the co-operation of ICI Acadie, the CHU Dumont Foundation and CCNB-Dieppe! To view photos of the event, go to ICI.Radio-Canada.ca/espoir2015.

CBC Radio started the ball rolling by launching its Radiothon, hosted by Jonna Brewer and Vanessa Blanch, between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m. on CBC Radio One. They also interviewed numerous volunteers, cancer survivors as well as health care professionals. They set the tone of the day by raising $ 214,162.

The funds raised this year will be used to upgrade the Mgr.-Henri-Cormier Lodge, restore the Dr.-Léon-Richard Oncology Centre and promote paediatric leukemia research. You can find more information on the beneficiary projects at arbredelespoir.ca.

The Tree of Hope Campaign is a fundraising campaign undertaken by the CHU Dumont Foundation that is aimed at developing the Dr.-Léon-Richard Oncology Centre as well as improving the wellness of patients staying at the Mgr.-Henri-Cormier Lodge and research capacity at the Atlantic Cancer Research Institute (ACRI). Since its beginnings in 1989, the Tree of Hope Campaign has raised over 22 million dollars. 100 % of the funds raised are reinvested in New Brunswick for cancer patients in the province.

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