MONTREAL, June 9 /CNW Telbec/ - The 5th provincial edition of the Leucan
Shaved Head Challenge took place on June 8 in an atmosphere filled with
emotion and solidarity. Indeed, the results of this edition are exceptional
and exceed last year with near to 7,300 shaved heads and more than
$3.8 million raised in donations for children with cancer!
Thanks to the generosity and commitment of partners, celebrities and
participants throughout Quebec, the funds raised will be used by Leucan to
offer children with cancer and their families many services such as emotional
support, financial aid, recreational animation service, massage therapy,
social and recreational activities, school awareness and support to clinical
research which considerable progress provides the kids with greater chances
for a successful recovery.
The Most Important "Shave-o-Thon" in Quebec!
The Leucan Shaved Head Challenge was launched in 2001 in Montérégie by
Mr. Serge Tremblay. It's without a doubt the most important event in the
province in which people have their heads shaved to support the cause of
children with cancer. With more than 25 event locations throughout Quebec
(mainly on June 8), and with group challenges in companies and schools, it's
the largest "shave-o-thon" of its kind for the amount of participants, money
raised and simultaneous event locations. While the goal is to raise funds, the
event is also a gesture of solidarity toward children who have cancer and who
must undergo chemotherapy treatment. The treatment causes these children to
lose their hair, thus changing their appearance. Last year, the Challenge
raised more than $3.4 million in donations and more than 6,500 persons got
their heads shaved.
Detailed Results of the 2008 Leucan Shaved Head Challenge
Leucan Headquarters Leucan Laurentides Leucan Région Québec
(Montréal-Laval) 747 shaved heads 1,255 shaved heads
1,078 shaved heads - $318,500 raised - $847,769 raised
- $717,088 raised
Leucan Abitibi- Leucan Mauricie-et- Leucan Saguenay-
Témiscamingue Centre-du-Québec Lac-Saint-Jean
785 shaved heads 920 shaved heads 183 shaved heads
- $227,516 raised - $334,800 raised - $118,050 raised
Leucan Estrie Leucan Montérégie
360 shaved heads 1,364 shaved heads
- $173,900 raised - $722,500 raised
Leucan Lanaudière Leucan Outaouais
403 shaved heads 172 shaved heads
- $171,800 raised - $178,600 raised
A Display of Solidarity
Leucan applauds this remarkable collective effort and warmly thanks
Michèle Barbara Pelletier, the provincial spokesperson, all participants,
volunteers and provincial sponsors - Transcontinental, Yves Rocher, Corus,
Edge, Schick, Espace Canoe, Sports Experts, Jean Coutu and Fédération des
producteurs d'oeufs de consommation du Québec - as well as numerous regional
partners, who helped make this event such a success.
Leucan, which receives no government grants, is a non-profit organization
founded in 1978. Its mission is to enhance the well-being, healing and
recovery of children with cancer and ensure support for their families.
Besides its headquarters in Montreal, Leucan is present in nine regions in
Quebec and has more than 7,000 members.
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For further information:
For further information: Isabelle Giguère, Leucan, (514) 731-3696, ext.