Moncton, October 23, 2020 – The CHU Dumont Foundation is deeply sorry to have to announce the cancellation of the Radiothon presented by Radio-Canada Acadie, which was scheduled to take place on November 27, 2020 as the closing event of the annual Tree of Hope Campaign.    

Because of the uncertainties caused by the pandemic, the Foundation and its partners discussed the various options for this event, depending on the phase of the recovery plan in which New Brunswick found itself and Public Health guidelines.  

“The health and safety of all involved are our first priority. For that reason, we have to follow best practices and Public Health guidelines at all times,” explained Nadine Martin, the Foundation’s Executive Director. “We know that we are in a precarious situation because of the pandemic. At any moment, we could shift back into another phase of the recovery plan. So, after putting a lot of thought and discussion into our options, we have just made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s Radiothon.”   

“Making this decision certainly was not easy for the Foundation, because the Radiothon is an important event that brings people in the community together for a common cause every year. Although we were willing to organize a Radiothon in a different format, we finally had to accept the fact that the rapidly evolving and unpredictable nature of the pandemic could change the plans at the last minute. However, we are planning to highlight the events and accomplishments of this year’s Tree of Hope at the end of the Campaign,” promised Colette Francœur, Regional Director of Radio-Canada Acadie.    

Since it started in 1989, the Tree of Hope Campaign has made it possible to fund major projects that directly benefit people with cancer and their families. One hundred percent of the funds raised during the Campaign remain here in New Brunswick and are used for high-priority projects. The Campaign makes a huge difference in the lives of cancer patients.  

“Even though the Radiothon will not take place, the Campaign will go on,” continued Ms. Martin. “Since cancer has not let up during the pandemic and the needs of the Dr-Léon-Richard Oncology Centre are as pressing as ever, we encourage anyone able to do so to make a donation in the amount they can before the campaign closes on November 27.”  
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Moncton, October 13, 2020 – The CHU Dumont Foundation’s Electrifying Night Run, presented by Dooly’s, was once again a remarkable success, raising more than $28,000 to benefit patients of the Breast Health Centre.

The funds raised this year will mainly be used to finance a cardio-oncology project which includes the purchase of an cardiac ultrasound system and an adapted stretcher.

Dr. Rina Lee, cardiologist at the Dr. Georges-L.-Dumont University Hospital Centre, explains the importance of this acquisition.

“The echocardiogram will be used to regularly monitor oncology patients to diagnose any cardiac complications brought on by oncology treatments. The echocardiogram can identify cardiac complications, sometimes even at a preclinical stage, that is before symptoms appear.  This allows for prompt treatment and can prevent long-term cardiac complications.”

In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the CHU Dumont Foundation would like to remind the community that it is carefully following all recommended Public Health guidelines.  

Over the next few weeks, as we monitor how the situation evolves, we will provide more information about the annual Tree of Hope campaign which is now under way.

While it is continuing its everyday work, the Foundation decided, at the beginning of the pandemic, to take the necessary preventive measures to reduce the risk of spreading the virus. The Foundation’s offices remain closed for an undetermined period and our employees continue to work remotely.

To speak to a staff member during regular office hours (between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. from Monday to Friday), please call 506-862-4285 or 1-800-862-6775.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding.

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