MONTREAL - On January 31, during the game against the Carolina Hurricanes, the Montreal Canadiens will conclude their cancer awareness month activities by opening the doors of the Bell Centre to the children of Leucan.
"For a second season, the Canadiens are dedicating the last game of the month of January to the children of Leucan to show solidarity towards their daily battle against cancer", said Donald Beauchamp, the Canadiens' Vice-President Communications. "The tribute evening to Leucan is a wonderful way to conclude the activities that took place throughout the month."
Singer Natalie Choquette, a strong supporter of Leucan, will open this special evening by singing the National Anthems with two children from Leucan by her side. Other activities will take place during the evening, including a pre-game reception with Youppi!, members of the organization, ambassadors of the Canadiens hockey Club and personalities from RDS. Children will also enjoy Zamboni rides between each period.
Invited to support the Canadiens organization in this initiative, several companies and owners of private suites have invited these children, along with their parents, to attend the game in their respective suites. Goaltender Jose Theodore will also be hosting eight children from Leucan in his private suite.
A proud partner of the Montreal Canadiens in this initiative, RDS will host six kids in its private suite. The children will receive a visit from well-known personalities of the television station, as well as enjoy a guided tour of the Bell Centre and get to comment on the game before making the three-star selection. "The tribute evening to Leucan is an event we are pleased to support and to get involved in", said RDS President Gerry Frappier. "RDS salutes the Montreal Canadiens' initiative and is proud to contribute to this moment of happiness for sick children."
Currently in Quebec, one out of every 400 children is diagnosed with cancer before the age of 19. "Almost all of them become members of Leucan and benefit from the services it provides", added Ginette Charest, General Director of Leucan. Leucan is present in 10 regions in Qubec and is active in the four main pediatric oncology centres in the province.
Every year, the Montreal Canadiens participate in Hockey Fights Cancer, a joint charitable initiative between the National Hockey League, its teams, and the Player's Association, which was created to raise awareness of the disease and funds for cancer research. Since its inception in 1998, more than $2 million has been donated to various children's hospitals and cancer research in Canada.
Canadiens in the community
Throughout the year, the Canadiens' Community Relations department organizes more than a dozen events for hockey fans and charitable organizations. The Canadiens are proud to contribute to Montreal and Quebec's heritage, not only through their on-ice accomplishments, but also with their ongoing commitment to the community.
Since its foundation in 1978, Leucan's mission has been to enhance the well-being and healing of children with cancer and ensure support for their families. Besides its headquarters in Montral, Leucan is present in 10 regions in Qubec and has more than 5,000 members.