Moncton, November 27, 2021 — People from New Brunswick and surrounding areas have once again shown their support for the Tree of Hope this year. Madeleine Dubé, ambassador for the annual campaign, and vice-president of the Université de Moncton’s Edmundston campus revealed the amount raised – $1,023,115, during a special broadcast by Radio-Canada Acadie that presented an overview of the annual campaign.
“This campaign proved once again that we could count on the unconditional support of our community,” said Nadine Martin, Executive Director of the CHU Dumont Foundation. “The incredible commitment of volunteers who, against all odds, continued their fundraising efforts throughout the province is magical. That is why the campaign is such a success year after year. Thanks to them, and to the donors who generously contributed to the campaign, we can pursue our work; that of ensuring the best healthcare experience possible for our patients and their loved ones. Let’s all be proud of what has been accomplished. Thank you to all those who contributed to this success.”
The CHU Dumont Foundation was once again privileged to be able to count on the support of exceptional partners and close collaborators to carry out its activities, namely the Tour of Hope presented by Assumption Life; the Shears for Hope; as well as the Twenty for Hope, that returned after a one-year hiatus.
“I am touched by the actions of people who rally together for the health of our community,” said Madeleine Dubé. “There’s no doubt that a lot of work needs to be accomplished within our healthcare system to ensure our population has access to the best possible care, but when I see people working together like this, I am confident that together we can make a difference!”
The funds raised through the campaign each year are used to improve the care provided at the Dr. Léon-Richard Oncology Centre and in the various units and departments of 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 free-of-charge at the Mgr. Henri-Cormier Lodge in Moncton.
This year, funds raised will be used to support a major project aimed at improving magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). The $1 million technological upgrade will reduce the total test time and the quality of the images produced. As a result, more people will be able to benefit from the service, which will also further increase the accuracy of treatments offered.
Sébastien Dupuis, chairman of the Foundation’s board of directors, is also proud of what was accomplished throughout the 2021 campaign. “This year, the Foundation was fortunate to be able to count on the overwhelming generosity of members of our community, enabling us to continue our important mission and to make a difference in the lives of our patients. It is this continuous and unfailing commitment that will enable the Dr. Léon-Richard Oncology Centre and the Dumont UHC to remain centres of excellence for our province for the benefit of the entire population.”
Since it began in 1989, the Tree of Hope campaign has raised some $32 million. Donations have been invested directly to improve the quality of care for cancer patients right here in New Brunswick.
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