Moncton, June 18th, 2017 – 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.

“Life seems to lose all meaning when the pleasure is gone, your thoughts become confused, and your senses play tricks on you”, says Dr. Patrick Marcotte, Psychiatrist at the Dr. Georges-L.-Dumont University Hospital Centre and event organizer. “In my opinion, the true heroes of this world are those battle mental health issues on a daily basis. I wish to thank everyone who supported our event. Your attendance in itself is a powerful reminder to those suffering that this cause is important to you.”

A Beacon in the Night is an awareness campaign hoping to demystify and destigmatize mental health issues. The annual event is organized by the Dr. Georges-L.-Dumont University Hospital Centre’s Psychiatry Department, in collaboration with the CHU Dumont Foundation. However, A Beacon in the Night is about more than awareness; in fact, it is an event where the spotlight shines on patients for whom the planning and production of the event becomes part of their treatment plan. All activities that play a crucial role in mental health recovery, such as visual arts, writing, music, performing arts, and testimonials, are encouraged and valorized.

“Being part of A Beacon in the Night provides me with an escape from my mental illness”, explains Todd Arsenault, a participant. “For me, everything else falls away when I perform. And this is an opportunity to share my passion for music with a most receptive and respectful audience.”

Different activities were organized throughout the weekend for this years’ edition. On Friday, things kicked off with an informal evening of music. On Saturday, conferences featuring specialists in the field were open to the public. Renowned speaker Dr. Marie-Josée Poulin, a Psychiatrist at the Institut universitaire en santé mentale de Québec who has given hundreds of presentations nationally and abroad, was here to speak on schizophrenia. An art expo also took place on Saturday featuring pieces from over 40 artists. Finally, the event concluded with the great A Beacon in the Night variety show.

According to Jacques B. LeBlanc, President and CEO of the CHU Dumont Foundation, the event was a great success.

“Mental health is a topic that affects us all in one way or another. We have to speak openly about it. We have to get rid of the myths surrounding mental illness. I think this event is an important step forward to bring mental health out of the shadows. We saw many people from our community come out and share their passion and stories. The Foundation is proud to join the efforts to demystify and destigmatize mental health.”

For more information on the event, go to www.abeaconinthenight.org or visit the Facebook page (Un phare dans la nuit).

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Isabelle Stewart
Communications Officer
CHU Dumont Foundation
(506)869-2106
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Moncton, Friday, June 16, 2017 – 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.

“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.”

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Media:
Denis Robichaud, Director, Communications and Public relations
CHU Dumont Foundation
Phone: (506) 869-2835
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Moncton, March 20, 2017— Following the resounding success of the first edition in June 2016, organizers of the Electrifying Night Run are pleased to announce the event will be back again this year. On Friday, June 16, 2017, walkers and runners are invited to participate in the second edition. The run will start at 9 p.m. in front of the Dr. Léon-Richard Oncology Centre in Moncton. Funds raised will be used to support breast cancer patients.

“The feedback we received last year was so positive that we just had to do a second edition,” says Dr. Jocelyne Hébert, a surgeon at the Breast Health Centre. “Participants had a lot of fun, and the event was a great family activity. I hope we can count on the community’s support again this year,” she added.

Participants in the Electrifying Night Run have the option of walking or running (or a combination of the two) the five-kilometre route, which starts at the Dr. Léon-Richard Oncology Centre. Last year, the atmosphere was festive and the event raised more than $10,000. Once again this year, funds raised will be used to purchase prosthesis and mastectomy bras for breast cancer patients.

Jacques B. LeBlanc, President and CEO of the CHU Dumont Foundation, is thrilled that the Electrifying Night Run is back for another year.

“We are very fortunate to have the Breast Health Centre’s expertise at the Dr. Georges-L.-Dumont University Hospital Centre. By participating in this race, the community can show their support to staff and patients of the Centre. The Electrifying Night Run is the perfect family activity, or one that can be done with a group of friends. We hope the public will come out and show their support again this year!”
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Registration:
Running Room or at the CHU Dumont Foundation office
Cost: $30 per participant (includes a t-shirt) before May 31; $35 from June 1 onwards
Start: 37 Providence Street at 9 p.m. on June 16, 2017
Have a look at the event's poster here! 

Media:
Denis Robichaud
Director, Communications and Public Relations
CHU Dumont Foundation
Phone: (506) 869-2835
Cell: (506) 380-8134
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One lucky participant will win a travel package worth $6,000!
 
Wednesday, April 19, 2017 - 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!
 
“The CHU Dumont Golf Classic is a must-play event for golfers who want to support our hospital,” explains Chris Bacich, General Manager at BMW Moncton. “Anyone who cares about improving the quality of patient care is invited to join us for this fun event!”

René Collette, Chairman of the CHU Dumont Foundation’s Board of Directors, says the Foundation is very excited about the level of support the Scotiabank-BMW Moncton Golf Classic has received from the community.

“We are extremely thankful for the support we have received for our various fundraising activities, and I think the Golf Classic is a prime example. For 16 years, this event has been bringing people together to have a fun day in great company while supporting a great cause. We are always thrilled to welcome back past participants, and we hope to see new teams on the course this year.”

For Dr. Janice Cormier, family doctor at the Dr. Léon-Richard Oncology Centre, the positive impact of the Golf Classic is evident.

"The medical team is very appreciative of the community’s support in improving care at the Dr. Georges-L.-Dumont University Hospital Centre. The participation of the public and the business community in the CHU Dumont Foundation Golf Classic is proof that people want to do their part to ensure we offer the best care possible to patients at our hospital. I can tell you firsthand that the funds raised will make a significant difference at the Dr. Georges-L.-Dumont University Hospital Centre.”
 
Again this year, the Golf Classic will be played Texas Scramble style, with four players per team. Registration costs $1,800 per team of four, including cart rental, a delicious steak and lobster dinner, and a few surprises throughout the day. The number of teams is limited.

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Media 
To schedule an interview or for more information, please contact:
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CHU Dumont Foundation
Phone: (506)869-2835  
Cell: (506)380-8134  
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The Tree of Hope Campaign is proud to announce that the Tour of Hope will be back this year, from July 27 to July 30. The Tour will once again kick off in Edmundston to end in Moncton but the event will be spread over four days instead of three. In total, cyclists will travel over 650 km.

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