For many, the holiday season begins with the Santa Claus parade, happening tomorrow night in Moncton. For us at CBC Moncton, The Tree of Hope radiothon marks the start of that most wonderful time of the year.
This is the 12th year we have taken part in the Tree of Hope campaign, an annual event of the Dr. Georges-L.-Dumont Hospital Foundation. The money raised supports cancer research, treatment and prevention in New Brunswick.
It's my third year hosting the radiothon and it never ceases to amaze me the wide range of emotions felt and expressed during the four hours we're on the air. People who either share their stories of fighting cancer, or the experiences of a loved one who faced cancer, show such strength and courage. They tear up sometimes talking about it but often show an astonishing sense of humour and deep compassion for others fighting the same battles.
There is a sense of hope when health care workers and scientists talking about the latest technological advances and breakthroughs in research. And tying it all up in a bright red bow are the musicians and performers who donate their time to entertain the crowds and listeners with lively music.
We hope you can join us at the Dieppe Community College next Thursday, November 29th from 6 until 10 a.m. And don't forget to make a donation by calling 1-800-862-6775 or on-line at treeofhope.ca
Many thanks in advance.