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Moncton, November 30, 2018
– New Brunswickers have once again demonstrated their unfailing generosity. The Tree of Hope campaign has raised a grand total of $1 801 936. This amount was proudly displayed on the large screen at the Radio-Canada Tree of Hope Radiothon, the highlight of the annual campaign.


The annual radiothon hosted by Martine Blanchard and Janic Godin was broadcast live from CCNB-Dieppe from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on ICI Radio-Canada Première. CBC hosts Jonna Brewer and Vanessa Blanch led the way between 6 and 9 a.m. as they presented the CBC Radio One Radiothon. Throughout the day, we learned about advances in the fight against cancer, in addition to hearing performances from local artists, as well as testimonials by cancer survivors.

Denis Larocque, campaign co-chair, is thrilled with the result. “This was a great event once again this year. The campaign is a clear sign that New Brunswickers are engaged in the fight against cancer, and are willing to show their support to those who are struggling with the disease.”

Joannie Benoit, cancer survivor and co-chair of the Tree of Hope campaign has been involved with the campaign for several years, yet she is always blown away by the public’s generosity throughout this campaign.

“Ever since this campaign began in 1989, numerous people have worked tirelessly to organize fundraising events, participated in the many activities held year after year, served as volunteers during the Radiothon, and contributed financially to this great cause.  As a survivor, I want to thank each and every one of them from the bottom of my heart. I can assure you that each gesture is important and brings comfort to those who are affected by the disease.”

For Colette Francoeur, Regional Director of Radio-Canada in Acadie, the Radiothon is a unifying and rallying event. "It’s impossible to remain indifferent in light of the incredible work that goes on in our communities. That’s why the entire ICI Acadie family is proud to be associated with the Tree of Hope. I applaud our entire team who have once again met the challenge and achieved a memorable radio event. I also wish to sincerely thank the artists who performed for us today. Their contribution is essential to the success of the Radiothon."

Contributions to the 30th Tree of Hope Campaign will be used to improve care offered at the Dr-Léon-Richard Oncology Centre and in the satellite units. Funds will also help continue research efforts and improve the comfort of patients who stay free of charge at the Mgr-Henri-Cormier Lodge in Moncton. 

This year’s projects include:

  • Improving examination rooms at the oncology centre by replacing outdated equipment;
  • Providing new, more precise radiation treatments;
  • Offering improved surgical services;
  • Purchasing equipment for laboratory services to complement the Mohs surgery project for treating skin cancers that was realized in 2017;
  • Purchasing hospital standard mattresses for the Mgr. Henri-Cormier lodge (designed for infection prevention and enhanced patient comfort);
  • Continuing to install comfort-enhancing equipment in satellite units (treatment chairs and vein viewers), as well as computer equipment for patient files;
  • Supporting cancer research.

Since the first Tree of Hope Campaign in 1989, $28 million have been raised to improve the quality of care for cancer here in New Brunswick. Each year, countless volunteers throughout the province organize fundraising activities for the campaign. Funds raised are presented at the Radio-Canada and CBC Tree of Hope Radiothons.

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