THE CANADIENS IN THE COMMUNITY
Hockey Fights Cancer
Each year, Montreal Canadiens players participate in Hockey Fights Cancer, an NHL cancer public awareness campaign. A pre-game ceremony at the Bell Centre on January 3, 2006 that launched the campaign proved to be a moving moment, as Habs captain Saku Koivu and the great Jean Béliveau presented a $25,000 cheque to Jonathan Grondin and Benjamin Garofano of Leucan. The money, raised by the Montreal Canadiens Children’s Foundation, was donated in the name of the team’s captain, 2003-04 recipient of the Jean Béliveau Trophy.
A BLANKIE FOR GABIE
Prior to the January 7 and 14 games at the Bell Centre, Canadiens players’ wives and girlfriends participated in the Blankie for Gabie blanket drive. The event allowed Leucan to give more than 200 blankets to children treated in the main pediatric oncology centres of Quebec: Sainte-Justine, the Montreal Children’s Hospital, the Centre Mère-Enfant of CHUQ in Quebec and CHUS Sherbrooke. Lucie Boivin, wife of the President of the Montreal Canadiens, was at Sainte-Justine on January 26 to distribute the blankets.
As part of our welcoming program, each family whose child has been diagnosed with cancer receives a kit. The families are always pleasantly surprised to see that the kit includes a blanket, which provides warmth and comfort for their sick child. Late , I regularly see these children in the hospitals, wrapped up in their colourful blankets, as they go around from floor to floo , or at other clinics as they wait to go for their treatments.”
Annie Champoux, Leucan Liaison Officer.
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