They dared to do it! - More than 130 persons take up the Decalade Challenge for the benefit of the Fondation du CHUM

MONTREAL, Oct. 19, 2015 /CNW Telbec/ - Thrills and chills were the order of the day last Saturday at the first edition of the Decalade Challenge organized by the DNA Committee – the Future of the Fondation du Centre hospitalier de l'Université de Montréal (CHUM).

Participants scaled down, face first, the walls of the CHUM Research Centre (CRCHUM), a 250-foot high building, in order to raise funds for the good of patients. A one-of-a-kind opportunity to discover the new CHUM from every angle! More than $65,000 net were raised to be turned over to the hospital for the purpose of supporting health care, research and health promotion.

Higher ever higher, all for patients!

The DNA Committee comprises a mosaic of young professionals dedicated to making a real difference in the lives of CHUM patients through events organized for their peers. The aim of the Committee is to raise awareness among their generation to the Fondation's cause.

"The courage of patients inspired us to outdo ourselves on their behalf as a tribute to them. We're proud to see that several people joined our ranks," declared the members of the DNA Committee, who thought up this anything-but-ordinary event.

On the scene for this special day was the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Fondation du CHUM, Luce Moreau who expressed appreciation to the many donors and participants: "Their obvious generosity is outstanding! These are the heroes of the day. Thanks to them the Fondation is able to support the patients who are the focal point of its commitment."

The DNA Committee wishes to acknowledge the contribution of major sponsors and donors of the event: CGI Group and Gowlings.

About the CHUM
The Centre hospitalier de l'Université de Montréal (CHUM) provides priority service in highly specialized health care to an adult clientele from both the region and beyond in all branches of medicine. It is the main hub for development and knowledge transfer through its integrated activities of care, education, research, evaluation of new technologies and health intervention methods, including quality, health promotion and patient experience. Beginning in 2016, the CHUM will offer a renewed hospital experience in its new facilities in downtown Montreal. The CHUM is affiliated with the Université de Montréal and an active member of its Réseau universitaire intégré de santé (RUIS).

About the Fondation du CHUM
The Fondation du CHUM, whose mission involves ensuring complementary financing resources for its hospital, considers patients to be the focal point of its commitment. Thus, its support helps to make the CHUM a point of reference on an international scale in terms of health care, research, teaching and the promotion of health. Since its inception in 1998, the Fondation has provided more than $136M thanks to the generosity of donors. It also counts on the support of its Cliniques Santévoyage and Santépréventive where 100% of the profits are turned over directly to it. Let's give ourselves the very best in health care.


SOURCE Fondation du CHUM

Image with caption: "Hugo Brunet, Member of the DNA Committee; Irène Marcheterre, Director of Communications and Access to information, CHUM; Claude Meunier; Virginie Coossa, Member of the DNA Committee; Elodie Grange, Director, Communications and Events, Fondation du CHUM; Emmanuel Benetos, Member of the DNA Committee. (CNW Group/Fondation du CHUM)". Image available at:

For further information: Amélie Cliche, Tel. : 514-843-2339, Cel. : 514-242-8870,; Elodie Grange, Director, communications and events, Fondation du CHUM, 514 890-8361,


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