Two new heroes for children with cancer!

MONTREAL, April 12 /CNW Telbec/ - At 2 p.m. today, as part of the 2011 campaign launch held at the Saputo Stadium, stand-up comedian Dominic Paquet and Montreal Impact player's Simon Gatti have experienced the unforgettable Leucan Shaved Head Challenge presented by Jean Coutu. These two public figures have now joined the ranks of the 40,000 Quebecers who have had their head shaved to support cancer-stricken children since the beginning of this great adventure!

To draw emphasis on their courage and audacity, they were joined by Richard Legendre, Executive Vice-President of the Montreal Impact and Saputo Stadium Operations; Alain Champagne of McKesson Canada, Honorary President for the Challenge in Montreal-Laval; local Child Spokespersons Adam Martino and Luca Ruccolo; and our Provincial Spokesperson for a second consecutive year, Annie Villeneuve: "I am so proud to get involved once again in this wave of solidarity known as the Leucan Shaved Head Challenge and to rub shoulders with all those heroes! I take my hat off to those heroes on behalf of all of Leucan's children and families!"

More than 40 shaving sites will be opened throughout the province, mostly on Sunday, June 12, in addition to the challenges held in companies, educational institutions and organizations. You can all be heroes for children with cancer by taking on the Challenge, by sponsoring a participant or by spreading the information about the Challenge: shavedheadchallenge.com. You can also join Leucan's big family by following the Shaved Head Challenge on Facebook and Twitter!

Leucan (www.leucan.qc.ca/en): A family history since 1978. In addition to its support for clinical research, the Association provides specific and adapted services to more than 3,200 families of children with cancer: welcome, emotional assistance and support, financial assistance, massage therapy, hosting and support in playrooms, socio-recreational activities, school life services and end-of-life and bereavement follow-up services. Besides its head office in Montreal, Leucan has eight regional offices.

SOURCE LEUCAN

For further information:

Isabelle Giguère
Senior Communications Adviser
514 731-3696 or 1 800 361-9643
isabelle.giguere@leucan.qc.ca

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