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.
Proceeds of the event will benefit the Dr. Léon-Richard Oncology Centre, regional satellite units in northern New Brunswick, as well as the Mgr. Henri-Cormier Lodge. Some of the money raised will also fund cancer research. Thanks to the support of donors, partners, and sponsors over the years, the Tree of Hope Campaign has completed significant infrastructure projects and purchased cutting-edge equipment.
“I have had such an amazing experience during the 2016 Tree of Hope Campaign,” says Denis Richard, Co-chair of this year’s Campaign. “I am currently fighting cancer myself, and am receiving chemo treatments, but I have met so many inspiring people and have heard messages of hope and determination. My experience with the campaign has helped me immensely in my own battle. I have witnessed firsthand everything the Tree of Hope Campaign has accomplished, and I hope people will give generously again this year,” says Denis Richard.
Robert Maillet, who is Co-chair of the Campaign for a second year, is touched by his experience again this year.
“It really is a life-changing experience, and I am realizing more and more how important this campaign is and the effect it has on New Brunswickers. I have met people from all over the province who have told me their stories and explained how this campaign has made a difference to them. The Tree of Hope Campaign has achieved great things over the years, and I am honoured to be a part of it. I humbly ask people to donate to the campaign again this year.”
The public is invited to attend the Tree of Hope Radiothon at the Dieppe NBCC on Friday, November 25. The event will be broadcast live from 9 a.m.to 7 p.m. on ICI Radio-Canada Première. Hosts Samuel Chiasson and Amélie Gosselin will be joined by several guests and, of course, Co-chairs Denis Richard and Robert Maillet. CBC Radio One will also be a part of the event, with the CBC Tree of Hope Radiothon, from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m., hosted by Jonna Brewer and Vanessa Blanch.
This year’s musical lineup includes performances from Amélie Gallant, Amélie Hall, Christian Kit Goguen, Danny Boudreau, Denis Richard, George Belliveau, Ginette Landry, Ginette Marie, Isabelle Pelletier, Joannie Benoit, Joey Robin Haché, Kevin McIntyre, Les Méchants Maquereaux, Mario LeBreton, Simon Daniel and Troiselle
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Communications Officer, Tree of Hope Campaign
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!
“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!”
“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!”
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.
The Radiothon’s program was unveiled this evening as part of the traditional lighting of the Tree of Hope, just across from the Dr. Léon-Richard Oncology Centre. Musical performances, testimonials of hope and inspiring interviews are in store again this year. Hosts Samuel Chiasson and Amélie Gosselin will coordinate this important 10-hour program along with several of their colleagues, including campaign co-chairs Luc LeBlanc and Robert Maillet, of course. Together, they will try to reach the goal of raising $1.7 million.
“Radio-Canada’s Tree of Hope Radiothon is the opportunity to emphasize the hope we collectively have in our hearts. This coming November 27, we will recognize the strength and courage of these thousands of survivors and the lives of loved ones who have sadly lost their battle to this disease. More importantly, we will recognize the determination and generosity of an entire population who believes in the power of hope during the healing process,” says Robert Maillet.
For the occasion, two launches took place simultaneously at École Polyvalente W.A. Losier in Tracadie and École Donat-Robichaud in Cap-Pelé.
The overall goal is to raise $1.7 million.