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Moncton, November 27, 2020 – Despite this year being out of the ordinary, the community rallied to make the 32nd Tree of Hope Campaign an exceptional one. Together, Nadine Martin, Executive Director of the CHU Dumont Foundation, and David Michaud, Ambassador of the campaign, unveiled a grand total of $1,176,793.54.

“This campaign proved that even in difficult times we can count on the support of our community,” said Nadine Martin. “The unconditional commitment of the volunteers who, despite the circumstances, continued their fundraising efforts is a model of determination and truly exemplifies what is philanthropy. Thanks to them and to the donors who generously contributed to the campaign, we announced tonight an amount beyond our greatest expectations. I would like to thank everyone who contributed in one way or another to that formidable success.”

During an hour-long Radio-Canada special on, patients, medical professionals and donors took their turn to assess the campaign. “We are proud to have been able to take a moment at the end of the campaign to highlight the events and accomplishments, and especially to celebrate the success of this year’s Tree of Hope Campaign” said Colette Francœur, Regional Director of Radio-Canada Acadie.

Despite the pandemic, the CHU Dumont Foundation was able once again to count on its exceptional partners and supporters to carry out successful activities, notably the Tour of Hope and the Shears for Hope.
Regarding the Tour of Hope, a cycling activity presented by Assumption Life, 280 participants helped add over 375,000 kilometres to the counter, while raising the sum of $188,744.

The Shears for Hope gathered 23 participants who agreed to sacrifice their hair for the cause. Together, they raised over $153,715 for the campaign.

“This edition of the Tree of Hope Campaign ends on a very positive note,” said David Michaud. “The solidarity shown by our community towards people battling cancer, even during a pandemic, demonstrates that despite challenges, with a little hope and a lot of teamwork you can achieve anything. I would like to highlight the involvement of a new generation of participants and donors in the fundraising efforts. Cancer won’t have the last word!”

The money raised through this year's campaign will be used to improve the care provided at the Dr. Léon-Richard Oncology Centre and in the various units and departments at the Dumont University Hospital Centre that provide services along the continuum of care for cancer patients. The funds will also be used to continue cancer research efforts and to improve the comfort of patients who stay freeof-charge at the Mgr. Henri-Cormier Lodge in Moncton.

The following are among this year’s priority projects:
• The purchase of an echocardiography device and adapted stretcher for the Breast Health Centre;
• Two syringe pumps, an O2 flow system and a pediatric bed for the Pediatric Oncology sector;
• Two bedside tables and a vital sign monitor for the satellite site in Edmundston.
• The second year of the replacement of the CT-SIM unit for the purpose of modernizing the equipment.

“We can certainly be proud of the success of the Tree of Hope Campaign this year. Thanks to the generosity of the public, our oncology centre will once again benefit from the funds to purchase many pieces of equipment that allow us to offer the best possible care to our cancer patients,” said Dr. Clément Arsenault, Chief Physicist at the Dr. Léon-Richard Oncology Centre and internal champion at the Dumont UHC for this year’s campaign.
Since it started in 1989, the Tree of Hope campaign has raised over $31 million. Donations have been invested directly to improve the quality of care for cancer patients right here in New Brunswick.

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