MONCTON, Nov. 27, 2015 /CNW/ - CN (TSX: CNR) (NYSE: CNI) announced today, during Radio-Canada's Tree of Hope Radiothon, their contribution to support the 2015 Tree of Hope Campaign, raising an impressive $300,000 to support cancer patient care and research.
"On behalf of the Tree of Hope Campaign and our extended family we want to express our sincere and heartfelt gratitude to CN for believing and investing in our campaign and our communities," said Jacques B. LeBlanc, Executive Director of the CHU Dumont Foundation. "The 2015 Tree of Hope Campaign will help our Medical Oncologists and Researchers in the treatment efforts they are able to give to our children and their families here in our province. This partnership brings with it a great deal of hope."
As part of the Tree of Hope Campaign, CN's Miracle Match program matched the campaign's pledge of $300,000 toward this year's Pediatric Leukemia Research Project.
"We recognize the need and want to make a positive difference in the lives of children and families fighting cancer here in New Brunswick and beyond," said Pat Orr, Superintendent of CN based in Moncton. "CN has approximately 350 employees living and working in communities across the province. CN Miracle Match allows us to support important programs, like the Tree of Hope's Pediatric Leukemia Research Project, that are so essential to our families and all New Brunswick residents."
Launched in 1989, The Tree of Hope Campaign has become a cause around which many communities have united. Year after year, they work hard to raise funds and help in the fight against cancer. CN's Miracle Match campaign has been rallying communities across Canada in support of health care for children since 2006.
"CN strongly believes one of the best ways to support communities across Canada is to help ensure healthy and active lives for our children and their families," said Sean Finn, Executive Vice President of Corporate Services and Chief Legal Officer at CN. "We are proud to partner with the Tree of Hope Campaign."
The Pediatric Leukemia Research Project targets the most common form of cancer among children and teens, accounting for one third of all cancers in these age groups.
"The research aims to identify the most effective treatment for each child diagnosed with cancer" explains Dr. Ouellette, President and Scientific Director of the Atlantic Cancer Research Institute. "We hope to provide medical teams with alternative approaches to use when the more common treatments are not effective, leading to a quicker response among young patients."
CN is a true backbone of the economy whose team of approximately 25,000 railroaders transports more than C$250 billion worth of goods annually for a wide range of business sectors, ranging from resource products to manufactured products to consumer goods, across a rail network of approximately 20,000 route-miles spanning Canada and mid-America. CN – Canadian National Railway Company, along with its operating railway subsidiaries – serves the cities and ports of Vancouver, Prince Rupert, B.C., Montreal, Halifax, New Orleans, and Mobile, Ala., and the metropolitan areas of Toronto, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Calgary, Chicago, Memphis, Detroit, Duluth, Minn./Superior, Wis., and Jackson, Miss., with connections to all points in North America. For more information about CN, visit the company's website at www.cn.ca.
The Tree of Hope campaign is a fund raising activity of the CHU Dumont Foundation. Since 1989, the Tree of Hope campaign has raised more than $21 million for the ongoing development of the Dr. Léon-Richard Oncology Centre and the Mgr. Henri-Cormier Lodge, for enhancing the well being of cancer patients and for supporting the Atlantic Cancer Research Institute's research efforts. 100% of the money raised is reinvested in New Brunswick, to help cancer patients.
For further information: Media contact: CN, Nancy McKay, Director, Stakeholder and Community Relations, [email protected], 506-853-2720; Fondation CHU Dumont, Pascale Paulin, Forté Communication, [email protected], 506-381-2552