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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“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!”
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.
“I’ve always wanted to associate myself with a cause, says Mr. Maillet. It’s important to give back to our community. Last year, I had the opportunity to witness first hand the benefits of the Tree of Hope campaign when one of my relatives stayed at the Mgr Henri Cormier Lodge. I quickly realized that the campaign has an immediate, direct, real and positive impact on the lives of people affected by cancer in New Brunswick. I gladly accept to take on the role of Co-chair of the campaign alongside my friend Luc LeBlanc. This campaign makes a difference and I want to be a part of it.”