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It is with great regret that we have decided to cancel the Tour of Hope scheduled from July 23 to 26, 2020.

This was not an easy decision for us to make, since COVID-19 will in no way decrease the needs in cancer care that the Tour of Hope has helped us fulfill for nearly a decade. I’m sure you’ll agree that it would be unrealistic to think we could continue to plan this event during the current pandemic.

 

Marilyn Saucier and her events management team are working to come up with various scenarios that could allow us to replace this event once the crisis has ended.  We will contact you as soon as a proposal has been approved and a decision is made.

Until then, here are some important things to remember:

  • The Tour of Hope 2020 will NOT be held in its current form. However, the CHU Dumont Foundation team is working on ideas to help maintain the momentum created by this event.
  • Whatever the decision made about a replacement event, the amount raised by the cyclists will be presented at the Tree of Hope Radiothon as it has been in the past.
  • Your registration fee can be reimbursed by submitting a request to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by May 8, 2020. However, because oncology needs remain significant, you can choose to turn your registration fee into a donation to the Tree of Hope (for the Tour of Hope) for which you will received an income tax receipt.
  • People who have made donations to the Tour of Hope 2020 have already received an income tax receipt and these donations will be added to the total of the 2020 Tree of Hope campaign (for the Tour) unless a donor requests a reimbursement by May 8, 2020. To obtain a reimbursement, donors must first return to the CHU Dumont Foundation the income tax receipt that was sent to them.
  • Cyclists are encouraged to keep their thermometer open on the Tour of Hope website and to continue raising funds once the crisis is over.
  • The next Tree of Hope Radiothon is scheduled for Friday, November 27, 2020.

Even though we have tried to address as many issues as possible, some may have been forgotten. If you have a question that hasn’t been answered, please don’t hesitate to contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

For now, we invite you to read the letters written by our two co-chairs (attached). These amazing women are also very disappointed that we have had to come to this decision, and we wanted to share with you their words of hope.

I look forward to shaking your hand at the Tree of Hope Radiothon on Friday, November 27, 2020!

Nadine Martin

Executive Director

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It was with great sadness that I learned the CHU Dumont Foundation had to cancel this year’s Tour of Hope. I know this decision wasn’t taken lightly and that it was difficult for the whole team. The situation we are in is unprecedented, and despite my disappointment regarding the news, I know it’s the right thing to do for our community.
I have been participating in the Tour of Hope as a cyclist for many years now, and it’s my third time as co-chair with Dre Carole Williams. I strongly believe it is our duty to promote a healthy and active lifestyle to our great population. I also believe in the Tree of Hope’s mission. This obstacle might force us to take a break, but there will be another time. We will all be back next year for this cause we truly believe in.
Once again, let’s show everyone what motivates us to get involved in this activity—helping those battling cancer— and let’s do everything we can to come out even stronger.
I look forward to seeing you at the Tour of Hope 2021.

Denise Landry-Nadeau
Co-Chair

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My heart is heavy as I write to you regarding the cancellation of our 2020 Tour of Hope. It is also with a lot of respect that I support the decision made by the CHU Dumont Foundation. One of the primary goals of the Tour is to promote HEALTH. Consequently, because of the magnitude of this event and considering the global pandemic situation with the uncertainty it entails, its cancellation was the only wise decision. The safety of cyclists, volunteers, and everyone we get to meet on our circuit has always been and always will be our priority.

The fight against cancer is far from over. The oncology centre and its satellite units continue to be there for our patients. We need your continued support and your positive thoughts now more than ever. I promise you that each dollar you have raised to date will greatly help us during this crisis and I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

As for our beloved Tour, we will ride together again. We have already started thinking of ways to give new life to the Tour this year and the management team of the Foundation will reach out as soon as a decision is made.

Thank you so much for your commitment to the cause and I look forward to seeing you out and about very soon.

Dr. Carole Williams
Co-Chair

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