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Cyclists who wish to take advantage of the early-bird registration for the 2018 Tour of Hope may do so until January 31st. This year, the event will take place from July 26th to 29th.

The Tour of Hope is a fundraising event for the Tree of Hope Campaign. This four-day cycling tour helps raise awareness of the importance of adopting a healthy lifestyle. The 2017 Tour of Hope raised a total of $160,000.

“Next July, the Tour of Hope participants will have the chance to cycle around New Brunswick alongside people who, like them, are committed to improving the care of cancer patients in New Brunswick," said event Co-Chair Dr. Carole Williams. “The funds raised make a real difference in the quality of care offered to cancer patients, right here in New Brunswick.” 

As was the case last year, the tour will kick off in Edmundston on Thursday morning. That day, participants will cycle to Campbellton. After a well-deserved night of rest, they will cycle through the Chaleur region and reach Caraquet. On Saturday, they will travel from Caraquet to Miramichi, via Tracadie and Neguac. On the last day of the event, the cyclists will travel from Miramichi to Moncton, passing through Kent County and the Shediac area. 

“I am looking forward to sharing this great adventure with cyclists from all over New Brunswick,” said Co-Chair Denise Landry Nadeau. “The Tour of Hope conveys a message to the population about the importance of being active and committed to improving our health. This is an experience that we will never forget. It allows us to challenge ourselves physically and mentally. And to create new friendships and many memories!”  

2018 is an important year for the Tree of Hope Campaign. It celebrates its 30th anniversary. Since its inception in 1989, the campaign has raised close to 26 million dollars. Donations are used to improve patient care at the Dr. Léon-Richard Oncology Centre in Moncton and in satellite units in Northern New Brunswick. They also support cancer research efforts and fund improvements at the Mgr. Henri-Cormier Lodge, where patients can stay free-of-charge.

To take advantage of reduced pledge requirements, participants must register by January 31st, 2018. For details, please visit: www.tourespoir.com.

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Members of the Board of Directors of the Grocery Foundation of Atlantic Canada (GFAC) were at the Dr. Georges-L.-Dumont University Hospital Centre recently to present a $50,000 cheque. With this year’s donation, GFAC has now reached $500,000 in total donations to the Dr. Georges-L.-Dumont University Hospital Centre.

The Grocery Foundation of Atlantic Canada was created in 1999 for one purpose: to give kids a good start.

Donations from GFAC have had a very positive impact on the quality of care offered at the Dr. Georges-L.-Dumont University Hospital Centre. Funds have allowed the medical personnel from the Dr. Georges-L.-Dumont University Hospital Centre’s Mother-Child Care Unit to participate in a specialized training program called MOREOB over a three-year period.

The MOREOB program improves patient safety through professional development and improves performance among medical professionals and administrators in hospital obstetric units. Each team of physicians, gynecologists, obstetricians and nurses receives the same training. They practise emergency procedures together, attend workshops and improve their knowledge and understanding of their role in emergencies and other situations.

The CHU Dumont Foundation is very grateful for GFAC’s tremendous support.

In the photo, from left to right: Tom Margeson, Perry Chippin, Pam MacMillan, Jacques B. LeBlanc (President and CEO of the CHU Dumont Foundation), Jim Cooke (Treasurer - GFAC), Belinda Parker (Executive Director - GFAC), Steve Chiasson and Brad Neville.
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New Brunswickers have once again shown their support for the Tree of Hope Campaign by raising a total of $1,619,743. The amount was presented at the end of Radio-Canada’s Tree of Hope Radiothon, the high-point of the annual campaign.

The exciting radio event was hosted by Martine Blanchard and Janic Godin. It was broadcast live from the CCNB Dieppe from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., on ICI Radio-Canada Première. CBC radio hosts Jonna Brewer and Vanessa Blanch launched the radiothon, from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m., on CBC Radio One.

“Throughout the day, we heard testimonies of hope, courage and determination,” says Tree of Hope Campaign Co-Chair Denis Larocque. “Indeed, we raised a lot of money thanks to our volunteers, our donors and our partners. Let us also remember that those who are fighting the disease and the professionals who care for them have received a clear message today: they are not alone in this fight. They have the people of New Brunswick behind them. And, we have had the proof during this 29th Tree of Hope Campaign!”

Joannie Benoit is a cancer survivor and Co-Chair of the Tree of Hope Campaign. She also experienced strong emotions.

"It's fantastic! Words cannot express the gratitude I feel towards the generosity of the public! Throughout the day, we heard touching testimonies from patients, survivors, health care professionals, donors and volunteers. Many artists came here today and told us that they were here to support us. All those who came to the Dieppe CCNB today have one thing in common: they believe in the cause. They hope that by joining our efforts we can do more to fight cancer. We have proven again today that we are stronger together!”

For Ms. Colette Francoeur, Regional Director of ICI Acadie, the radiothon is an activity that brings people together. "We cannot remain indifferent to such an outpour of generosity and to all the work being done in the communities to fight the disease. Therefore, ICI Acadie’s extended family is proud to be associated with the Tree of Hope. I salute the members of our team who rose to the challenge once again to make this a memorable day of radio. And I warmly congratulate all those who have contributed to the success of the campaign. »

Jacques B. LeBlanc is President and CEO of the CHU Dumont Foundation.

“This has been another incredible moment! On behalf of the patients and the medical staff, I sincerely thank all those who contributed to the Tree of Hope Campaign, either by donating money or by offering their time to support the cause. The campaign is a success because it rests on solid foundations in many New Brunswick communities. The reason is simple. It benefits patients from all over the province. With the funds raised, we will be able to continue to improve the quality of care provided to cancer patients.”

Donations to the 29th Tree of Hope Campaign will be invested in improving care provided at the Dr. Léon-Richard Oncology Centre and at the satellite units in Northern New Brunswick. Funds will also be used to continue research against cancer and to improve the comfort of patients who stay free-of-charge at the Mgr. Henri-Cormier Lodge in Moncton.

The following are among this year’s priority projects:
  • Purchasing the necessary equipment to perform the Mohs surgery technique to treat some skin cancers.
  • Implementing Dynamic Adaptive Radiation Therapy to better target affected tissues and reduce the dose administered to healthy tissues.
  • Purchasing Vein Viewers to help better identify puncture sits and to avoid associated complications.
  • Purchasing new specialized treatment chairs to improve the comfort of patients and provide improved ergonomics to staff.
  • Purchasing a Fletcher applicator that is used for CT scans and MRIs. It is mostly used for cervical cancer.
  • Various improvement and maintenance projects at the Mgr. Henri-Cormier Lodge.
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The 2017 edition of The Drive raised $90,000 to improve patient care at the Dr. Georges-L.-Dumont University Hospital Centre. More than one hundred participants took part in the third edition of the activity, which was held on September 9th.

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.”
GOLF17 1The Scotiabank - BMW Moncton Golf Classic was a resounding success again this year, raising $90,000 for the CHU Dumont Foundation. Funds raised will be used to purchase two pieces of equipment: a Berchtold LED Surgical Light which provides the highest quality of light for surgical procedures; and a Voluson S10 ultrasound system that offers exceptional image quality, as well as advanced tools helping health care professionals make critical crucial decisions in all confidence.

“It’s just incredible,” says Dr. Sylvie Nadeau, obstetrician-gynecologist at the CHU Dumont and member of the organizing committee. “The Golf Classic has become known as a must-attend summer event, and this year was another one for the books. Thanks to those who participated, we are able to continue to improve the quality of care offered at the Dr. Georges-L.-Dumont University Hospital Centre, and we are very appreciative!”
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The 16th edition of the Golf Classic was proudly sponsored by Scotiabank and BMW Moncton. Co-chairs Chris Bacich, General Manager of BMW Moncton, and Emile Albert, Branch Manager at Scotiabank, are very pleased with the outcome. 

“We really couldn’t have asked for better,” explains Mr. Bacich. “Participants had fun while supporting a great cause. BMW Moncton is extremely proud to support the CHU Dumont Foundation in improving patient care.”

Emile Albert agrees with Mr. Bacich. “What a great day and a fantastic result! We are thrilled with how smoothly the event went and at the amount raised. In supporting the Golf Classic, Scotiabank hopes to have a positive impact on the community. I think we can say “mission accomplished”.”

For René Collette, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the CHU Dumont Foundation, the number of participants at the 16th edition of the Golf Classic and the size of the cheque presented at the end of the day are proof that the community values the improvement of patient care at the Dr. Georges-L.-Dumont University Hospital Centre.

“Every year, we are impressed by the public’s participation in the event, and this year was no exception. The support we receive shows that people believe in the cause and want to make a difference. The money raised will be used to fund projects that will improve patient experience at the CHU Dumont. Thank you to everyone and see you next year!”

On top of a round of golf on the beautiful Fox Creek course in Dieppe and a delicious steak and lobster dinner, participants at the 16th edition of the Scotiabank – BMW Golf Classic were entered to win a travel package worth $6000. 
The fourth edition of A Beacon in the Night was a huge success thanks to the hundreds of people who came out to show their support for a holistic approach for recovery from mental illness. The event took place on June 16th and 17th at l’Université de Moncton.
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The photo shows Dr. Gabriel Girouard at the piano, with Brigitte Sonier-Ferguson, Regional Director - Research, Scientific Development, and Training. Credit: Ben Champoux 

More than 500 participants attended the most electrifying running event of the summer in Moncton on Friday, June 16. The event raised $20,000 in support of the Breast Health Centre at the Dr. Léon-Richard Oncology Centre. Funds raised will be used to purchase prosthesis and mastectomy bras for breast cancer patients.
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“It was an incredible experience,” says Dr. Jocelyn Hébert, surgeon at the Breast Health Centre and President of the organizing committee for the event. “The support we have received from the public once again this year is really heartwarming. You can tell the community is behind us. The funds raised will make a considerable difference in the lives of patients here in New Brunswick, and we are so thankful.”

Again this year, participants were invited to walk or run the 5 km route. The race started at 9 p.m. from the Dr. Léon-Richard Oncology Centre in Moncton. The atmosphere at the finish line was festive, with a reception and refreshments for the participants.

“Clearly the community has answered our call once again, and came out to show their support for the Breast Health Centre, patients and staff,” explains Jacques B. LeBlanc, President and CEO of the CHU Dumont Foundation. “The Electrifying Night Run is a great example of a fun, family event that brings the community together. On behalf of the Foundation, thank you to all those who participated.”

Tink Swetnam is a patient at the Breast Health Centre. For her, the event holds a very special meaning. “As a patient, I have to say it’s really touching to see all these people come together to support the cause. I really felt they shared a sense of solidarity with my own fight against cancer. We had a lot of fun, and the participants left knowing they made a positive difference in the lives of patients affected by breast cancer.”
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.”

One lucky participant will win a travel package worth $6,000!

The CHU Dumont Foundation is pleased to announce the return of the annual Scotiabank-BMW Moncton Golf Classic. The event will take place at the Fox Creek Golf Club in Dieppe on Wednesday, June 28, 2017. Last year, the Golf Classic raised $80,000 for the improvement of services offered at the Dr. Georges-L.-Dumont University Hospital Centre.

This year, one lucky participant will win a travel package worth $6,000, including two tickets to attend a Formula E race in Montreal, airfare, hotel, access to the VIP lounge, a ride around the track in a BMW i8, a tour of the pit area, and more!

An impressive sum of $106,000 was raised to benefit patients of the Dr. Georges-L.-Dumont University Hospital Centre during the CHU Dumont Foundation’s Annual Valentine’s Day Gala, held February 11th. 
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The evening's Emcees Camille Bourdeau and Jonna Brewer; Mr. Dennis Abud, President of the Valentine’s Day Gala organizing committee; Mrs. Nathalie Gasse Farrah, Development Manager, CHU Dumont; Mrs. Nadine Duguay-Lemay, Regional Marketing Manager – CWA, National Bank; Mr. René Collette, Chairman of the CHU Dumont Foundation’s Board of Directors; Mr. Jacques B. LeBlanc, President & CEO of the CHU Dumont Foundation.

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The 2016 edition of the Drive was held on September 10 and attracted one hundred car enthusiasts who raised $52,000 ‎toward improving the quality of care offered at the Dr. Georges-L.-Dumont University Hospital Centre.


On a beautiful warm, sunny day, 40 cars covered nearly 500 km travelling to various exclusive destinations. The Drive is a fundraising event aimed at car enthusiasts who care about their community.

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On August 24, 2016, the CHU Dumont Foundation announced the second edition of The Drive, a fundraising event that caters to car enthusiasts in the region.

Once again this year, funds raised through The Drive will go toward the purchase of a da Vinci Surgical System for the Dr. Georges-L.-Dumont University Hospital Centre. The da Vinci system offers a number of safety features, and will allow surgeons to perform less invasive procedures as efficiently as with conventional methods. Surgeries performed using this system will require smaller incisions, resulting in less bleeding, reduced post-operative pain and shorter hospitalization times.

It was an emotional moment on Sunday, July 24, as some 50 participants in the 2016 Tour of Hope crossed the finish line in Moncton after cycling a total distance of 650 kilometres in three days.
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The 15th annual edition of the Scotiabank-BMW Moncton Golf Classic was a huge success, thanks to the participation of over 40 teams and the support of generous sponsors and partners. The event was held at the Fox Creek Golf Club in Dieppe, on Wednesday, June 29th.


“We’re extremely pleased with the turnout,” says Chris Bacich, Director of BMW/MINI Moncton and Co-Chair of the 15th Golf Classic. “The cause is so important, with proceeds going towards the purchase of equipment and improving infrastructure at the Dr. Georges-L.-Dumont University Hospital Centre in Moncton,” says Mr. Bacich. 

René Collette is President of the CHU Dumont Foundation’s Board of Directors. Again this year, he was overwhelmed by the strong support from the community and the various sponsors. “This event is very important for the CHU Dumont Foundation. I can assure you that the money raised here each year is very well spent, and is directly used to improve patient care at our Hospital Centre. On behalf of the Foundation, I wish to thank all the participants and sponsors for their continued support.”

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Moncton’s very first “Electrifying Night Run” was a huge success, with 400 people participating in the fundraising activity, on Friday, June 24th at 9pm. 


The event took place in a festive atmosphere, and$10,000 was raised to help support breast cancer patients. Participants had the option to walk, run, or combine both on a five-kilometre course.The start and finish lines were located in front of the Dr. Léon-Richard Oncology Centre, on Providence Street in Moncton.

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From the 22nd to the 24th of July, some fifty cyclists from all over New Brunswick will get on their bicycles and ride for three days, covering a distance of 650 km, to raise funds for the Tree of Hope Campaign.

A new terrace located at the entrance of the Extended Care Unit (3E) officially opened its doors at the Dr. Georges-L.-Dumont University Hospital Centre earlier last week. The area situated in the inner courtyard of the university hospital centre will provide space that offers rest and relaxation for patients and their families.

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