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.


The Tour of Hope is a province-wide fundraising event that helps support the annual Tree of Hope Campaign. All funds raised stay in New Brunswick for patients battling cancer. Donations to the Tree of Hope Campaign enable the purchase of specialized equipment and continuous training of the highly specialized teams at the Dr. Léon-Richard Oncology Centre; support cancer research efforts; help with the purchase of key pieces of equipment for Northern Satellite Units; fund improvements at the Mgr. Henri-Cormier Lodge; and help raise awareness of the importance of healthy living.
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Réjean Després, Vice President, Personal and Commercial Banking (Atlantic Canada) at National Bank of Canada, is once again co-chairing this event. “The Tour of Hope is a challenge that will push your limits. It’s also an opportunity to take the time to think about those who are fighting or who have fought cancer. It’s also a message that we share with the population regarding the importance of leading an active lifestyle and being an engaged citizen. The National Bank of Canada is extremely proud to once again support the Tour of Hope!”

Dr. Carole Williams, gynecologist-oncologist at the CHU Dumont, will be taking part in the event for a third time. This is her second year as Tour of Hope Co-Chair. “I can assure you that the message of hope that participants are helping to spread and the funds that they raise make a tremendous difference in the fight against cancer in New Brunswick. During my previous experiences with the Tour, I’ve had the chance to meet extraordinary people who want to make a difference. They have shown courage and determination to reach their goals and I feel so fortunate to once again be able to take part in this great adventure this summer.” 

To register as a participant or a volunteer, please visit: www.tourespoir.com. You will also find answers to your questions here. Early-bird rates end on April 1st. For more information, please contact the Tree of Hope Campaign by phone: 506-862-4285 / 1-800-862-6775 or by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
An impressive sum of $106,000 was raised to benefit patients of the Dr. Georges-L.-Dumont University Hospital Centre during the CHU Dumont Foundation’s Annual Valentine’s Day Gala, held February 11th. 
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The evening's Emcees Camille Bourdeau and Jonna Brewer; Mr. Dennis Abud, President of the Valentine’s Day Gala organizing committee; Mrs. Nathalie Gasse Farrah, Development Manager, CHU Dumont; Mrs. Nadine Duguay-Lemay, Regional Marketing Manager – CWA, National Bank; Mr. René Collette, Chairman of the CHU Dumont Foundation’s Board of Directors; Mr. Jacques B. LeBlanc, President & CEO of the CHU Dumont Foundation.

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The 2016 edition of the Drive was held on September 10 and attracted one hundred car enthusiasts who raised $52,000 ‎toward improving the quality of care offered at the Dr. Georges-L.-Dumont University Hospital Centre.


On a beautiful warm, sunny day, 40 cars covered nearly 500 km travelling to various exclusive destinations. The Drive is a fundraising event aimed at car enthusiasts who care about their community.

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On August 24, 2016, the CHU Dumont Foundation announced the second edition of The Drive, a fundraising event that caters to car enthusiasts in the region.

Once again this year, funds raised through The Drive will go toward the purchase of a da Vinci Surgical System for the Dr. Georges-L.-Dumont University Hospital Centre. The da Vinci system offers a number of safety features, and will allow surgeons to perform less invasive procedures as efficiently as with conventional methods. Surgeries performed using this system will require smaller incisions, resulting in less bleeding, reduced post-operative pain and shorter hospitalization times.

It was an emotional moment on Sunday, July 24, as some 50 participants in the 2016 Tour of Hope crossed the finish line in Moncton after cycling a total distance of 650 kilometres in three days.
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The Tour of Hope, presented by National Bank, is a fundraiser in support of the Tree of Hope Campaign. Proceeds will be used to purchase specialized equipment and to fund continued training for subspeciality teams at the Dr.-Léon-Richard Oncology Centre, to support cancer research efforts, to upgrade the Mgr.-Henri-Cormier Lodge, and to promote healthy living. Last year, the Tour of Hope raised $109,000.

“What an incredible experience!,” exclaimed Carole Williams, Tour of Hope Co-chair. “Over the past three days, we have had a lot of wonderful moments. Although it was difficult both physically and mentally, we knew we were doing it for a great cause. We all know someone who is fighting or who has fought cancer, and our thoughts were with them as we cycled around the province.”

Réjean Després, Vice President, Personal and Commercial Banking, Atlantic Canada at National Bank and Tour of Hope Co-chair, participated in the Tour of Hope for the first time this year.
“Wow, words cannot describe how I feel at the end of this big adventure around the province. It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. I will admit that it wasn’t easy, but when you stop and think about those fighting cancer, we are fortunate to be physically able to take on such a challenge. On behalf of all the cyclists, I would like to sincerely thank the individuals and businesses that made donations as well as the volunteers who helped us reach our goals.”

According to Claude Paré, Vice President of the Tree of Hope’s Provincial Cabinet, the 2016 Tour of Hope was a resounding success.

“My hat goes off to the cyclists, who really gave their all to accomplish this impressive feat and cover 650 kilometres in three days! Their contribution, as well as that of volunteers and sponsors, is greatly appreciated and will make an enormous difference in achieving the Tree of Hope Campaign’s objectives. A huge thanks to all of you!”

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The 15th annual edition of the Scotiabank-BMW Moncton Golf Classic was a huge success, thanks to the participation of over 40 teams and the support of generous sponsors and partners. The event was held at the Fox Creek Golf Club in Dieppe, on Wednesday, June 29th.


“We’re extremely pleased with the turnout,” says Chris Bacich, Director of BMW/MINI Moncton and Co-Chair of the 15th Golf Classic. “The cause is so important, with proceeds going towards the purchase of equipment and improving infrastructure at the Dr. Georges-L.-Dumont University Hospital Centre in Moncton,” says Mr. Bacich. 

René Collette is President of the CHU Dumont Foundation’s Board of Directors. Again this year, he was overwhelmed by the strong support from the community and the various sponsors. “This event is very important for the CHU Dumont Foundation. I can assure you that the money raised here each year is very well spent, and is directly used to improve patient care at our Hospital Centre. On behalf of the Foundation, I wish to thank all the participants and sponsors for their continued support.”

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Moncton’s very first “Electrifying Night Run” was a huge success, with 400 people participating in the fundraising activity, on Friday, June 24th at 9pm. 


The event took place in a festive atmosphere, and$10,000 was raised to help support breast cancer patients. Participants had the option to walk, run, or combine both on a five-kilometre course.The start and finish lines were located in front of the Dr. Léon-Richard Oncology Centre, on Providence Street in Moncton.

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From the 22nd to the 24th of July, some fifty cyclists from all over New Brunswick will get on their bicycles and ride for three days, covering a distance of 650 km, to raise funds for the Tree of Hope Campaign.


Profits go to helping the Dr. Léon-Richard Oncology Centre purchase specialized equipment and ensure the continued training of their highly specialized team; supporting cancer research; developing the Mgr.-Henri-Cormier Lodge and raising awareness about the importance of living a healthy lifestyle. Last year, the Tour of Hope managed to raise $109 000. 

Réjean Després, Vice-President, Personal and Commercial Banking, Atlantic Canada for the National Bank, is one of the event’s Co-Chairs this year.

“I am so excited, with a few weeks to go before we take off! We have spent many months training in order to be ready for the event. I would like to sincerely thank our sponsors and all those who have encouraged our participants by donating to the Tree of Hope Campaign,” explains Mr. Després.

By registering for the 2016 Tour of Hope, each participant has committed to raising at least $1,000. The people or businesses who want to lend their support to the cyclists and contribute to the success of the fundraiser can visit www.tourespoir.com for further details.

A new terrace located at the entrance of the Extended Care Unit (3E) officially opened its doors at the Dr. Georges-L.-Dumont University Hospital Centre earlier last week. The area situated in the inner courtyard of the university hospital centre will provide space that offers rest and relaxation for patients and their families.

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