Launch of the 13th edition of the Tour CIBC Charles-Bruneau

                          SOLIDARITY. COURAGE. HOPE

    MONTREAL, June 19 /CNW Telbec/ - The Fondation Centre de cancérologie
Charles-Bruneau launches today the 13th edition of the Tour CIBC
Charles-Bruneau on the theme Solidarity, Courage, Hope. The Tour seeks to
raise funds in order to give children suffering from cancer the best chance of
recovery. This year's goal is to better the $500,000 raised last year.
    According to Pierre Bruneau, spokesman for the Fondation Centre de
cancérologie Charles-Bruneau, this year's theme sends a strong, encouraging
message: "Solidarity for all those who are involved, and the business
community in particular. Courage, which is shown by the sick kids, is what
inspires us so much. Hope for the hope of finding a cure and the hope the
money raised means for the advancement of research."
    "I learned never to give in, always persevere, pursue my dreams, and now
I want to make them come true," noted Delson Lafrenière, spokesperson for the
Tour CIBC Charles-Bruneau 2008. Delson Lafrenière, from Saint-Hyppolite, is
16 years old. In June 2006, at age 14, he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin
lymphoma. He was treated at the Centre de cancérologie Charles-Bruneau of the
CHU Sainte-Justine for 6 months, where he received chemotherapy treatments. He
lost his hair, had nausea and migraines, and had to learn to walk again.
Delson is now in remission, and a full recovery is predicted for September
    CIBC is sponsoring the Tour again this year. "When I see many other
companies working hand in hand with us in the Tour CIBC Charles-Bruneau, I
tell myself that solidarity exists, and that the cause of children with cancer
truly inspires courage," mentionned Sylvain Vinet, Senior Vice-President,
Retail Distribution, Eastern Canada, CIBC.

    The 2008 Tour
    The 2008 Tour CIBC Charles-Bruneau is a bicycle trek covering close to
600 km through Québec, in four days from July 7 to 10. Twenty-five business
men and women will mount their bikes to support the daily fight children
suffering from cancer have to wage. Each cyclist is paired with a child
battling cancer, and will wear the child's photo over his or her heart for the
duration of the ride. This heart-to-heart pairing is a source of motivation
for the cyclists, who all have the pleasure of meeting their young supporters
during the event.
    This bike tour is a chance to share stories of courage with the
community, stories that testify to the importance of investing in pediatric
cancer research in order to find a final cure.
    In addition to the cyclists, who will ride the full 600 km, twenty
additional cyclists called Ambassadors will join the pack to ride the segment
between St-Jean-sur-Richelieu and Montréal (City Hall) on the last day. The
total amount of money raised will be announced in a ceremony attended by the
Mayor of Montréal.


    Monday, July 7:

    Leave the Centre de cancérologie Charles-Bruneau at CHU Sainte-Justine
    Lunch in Saint-Hyacinthe
    Arrive in Drummondville

    Tuesday , July 8:

    Leave Drummondville
    Lunch in Danville
    Arrive in Sherbrooke

    Wednseday, July 9:

    Leave Sherbrooke
    Lunch in Waterloo
    Arrive at St-Jean-sur-Richelieu

    Thursday, July 10:

    Leave St-Jean-sur-Richelieu. 20 Ambassador cyclists join the group.
    Lunch in Candiac
    Arrive at Montréal City Hall

    The public is invited to show its solidarity with children battling
cancer by making a donation online at or by
calling 1 877 256-0404.

    About the Fondation

    Established in 1990, the Fondation Centre de cancérologie Charles-Bruneau
is a non-profit agency. Its mission is to give children with cancer the best
chances of recovery by supporting research and financing the creation and
continued development of the Centre de cancérologie Charles-Bruneau of the CHU
Sainte-Justine. The Fondation believes that children have a right to receive
the best care available so they can all say one day: "When I grow up, I will
be cured!" For complete information, visit the website at

For further information:

For further information: Véronique Arsenault, Morin Public Relations,
(514) 289-8688, extension 227, Cell.: (514) 923-9371,;
Source: Fondation Centre de cancérologie Charles-Bruneau

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