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Moncton, Wednesday November 27, 2019 – In two days, we’ll be right in the middle of the 2019 Tree of Hope Radiothon, the highlight of the annual fundraising campaign. Two million dollars is also the goal set by the campaign co-chairs this year. Two million dollars to reach a cumulative amount of 30 million dollars in the more than 30 years since the campaign began. 

Since the beginning, gifts to the Tree of Hope campaign have been invested directly in the improvement of care offered to patients suffering from cancer. Whether it be the purchase of equipment, comfortable chairs for patients, the Mgr-Henri-Cormier Lodge, the configuration of chemotherapy rooms in hospitals of the Vitalité Health Network, and funding local research, this campaign touches patients directly.

 

In 2006, Mélanie Bastarache, from Saint-Antoine, NB was diagnosed with Hodgkins disease while doing her final internship toward her university degree. This news was unnerving for this young woman who, in addition, had to travel to Sherbrooke, Qc to undergo her first PET-CT, a test that one thousand patients undergo each year. Since February 2013, however, this $2.6 M diagnostic tool is in use at the Dr-Léon-Richard Oncology Centre, thanks to funds raised by the Tree of Hope campaign.

On the eve of this year’s radiothon, and in keeping with the number two, here are two good reasons to support the Tree of Hope campaign.

1. Gifts from the public are reinvested here in New Brunswick to support cancer patients and be able to further improve the quality of care offered here.

2. Thousands of volunteers have taken part in this year’s campaign. They are from schools and communities; they cycled in the Tour of Hope, and they are taking part in the Shears for Hope Challenge. Let’s thank them by making OUR contribution.

“We all know people who are struggling or who have struggled with cancer,” says Gilles Beaulieu, founder of the campaign and co-chair in 2019 with eight other community leaders. “We are extremely lucky to have a facility such as the Dr-Léon-Richard Léon-Richard, the Mgr-Henri-Cormier Lodge, and all other departments offering a continuum in oncology care. On behalf of my fellow co-chairs, I thank all those who contribute to the campaign by making a gift of time or money.”

The Tree of Hope will be presented on Friday, November 29, live from the CBC studios in Moncton, NB and broadcast on Information Morning between 6 am and 9 am. It will then move to the CCNB in Dieppe, from 9 am to 7 pm and presented live on Ici Acadie. The public is invited to listen in or attend both events.

To make your gift:

1 800-862-6775

www.treeofhope.ca

 

For information or to schedule an interview:

Thérèse Thériault

Tree of Hope Campaign

506 380-3362

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