A huge wave of solidarity for Leucan's 2009 Shaved Head Challenge: more than $4 million for children with cancer!



    MONTREAL, June 7 /CNW Telbec/ - The 2009 Leucan's Shaved Head Challenge
took place today in an atmosphere filled with solidarity across the province.
Indeed, the results of this edition are exceptional and exceed last year with
more than 7,400 shaved heads and more than $4 million raised in donations for
children with cancer! Furthermore, the 2009 Challenge has reached a milestone:
30,000 heads shaved since the very first edition in 2001.
    "In the Shaved Head Challenge, the audacious participants, men and women,
of all ages and backgrounds, offer locks of hair, but mostly they give of
themselves - all in support to Leucan children in their fight against cancer,
underlines Michèle Barbara Pelletier, Shaved Head Challenge provincial
spokesperson for a second consecutive year. It's a wave of solidarity that
means a lot for them and their family."
    For Leucan, the primary goal in collecting funds during this event is to
allow generous contributions to clinical research, which further increases the
chances of recovery, and to provide the many services offered to
cancer-stricken children and their families: welcome, emotional support and
follow-up, financial assistance, massage therapy, hosting and support services
in playrooms, socio-recreational activities, school life services as well as
end-of-life and bereavement follow-up services.

    A success all across Quebec

    With more than 25 event locations throughout Quebec (mainly on June 7),
and with group challenges in companies and schools, the Shaved Head Challenge
remains the largest "shave-o-thon" of its kind in the province for the amount
of participants, money raised and simultaneous event locations.

    Leucan Head Office (Montreal-Laval)
    1,016 shaved heads - $667,640 raised

    Leucan Abitibi-Témiscamingue
    765 shaved heads - $313,474 raised

    Leucan Estrie
    449 shaved heads - $191,192 raised

    Leucan Lanaudière
    593 shaved heads - $251,610 raised

    Leucan Laurentides
    650 shaved heads - $311,834 raised

    Leucan Mauricie-et-Centre-du-Québec
    1,004 shaved heads - $401,836 raised

    Leucan Montérégie
    1,242 shaved heads - $813,325 raised

    Leucan Outaouais
    365 shaved heads - $185,098 raised

    Leucan Région Québec
    1,183 shaved heads - $773,791 raised

    Leucan Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean
    169 shaved heads - $105,425 raised

    Leucan warmly thanks Michèle Barbara Pelletier, the spokeschildren, the
participants, the donators, the sites hosts, the volunteers, the provincial
sponsors - Fédération des producteurs d'oeufs de consommation du Québec,
Groupe Jean Coutu, Ombrelle and Schick - as well as numerous regional
sponsors, who helped make this event such a success.

    Leucan, which receives no government grants, is a non-profit organization
founded in 1978. For 30 years, its mission has been to enhance the well-being,
healing and recovery of children with cancer, and to ensure support for their
families. Besides its head office in Montreal, Leucan has nine regional
management committees and more than 7,000 members throughout Quebec.




For further information:

For further information: Isabelle Giguère, Leucan, (514) 244-1351,
isabelle.giguere@leucan.qc.ca


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