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Saturday, January 16 2016

René Angélil, Lifetime Patron for the Children of CHU Sainte-Justine

M. René Angélil

Montréal, January 15, 2016 – It was with profound sadness that the whole team at the CHU Sainte-Justine Foundation learned of the passing of René Angélil.

“René Angélil was a great supporter of the children of Sainte-Justine,” says Maud Cohen, President and Chief Executive Officer of the CHU Sainte-Justine Foundation. “He and Céline Dion were very involved with the hospital, particularly since children they know had received care here. They have always responded to the call, and they have always been available—even more than we could have expected.”

René Angélil and Céline Dion played a great part in the success of the Growing Up Healthy campaign (2002–2005), which raised over $125 million in four years. They were very attached to this cause, and their generosity knew no bounds. During the campaign, they were named honorary lifetime patrons of Sainte-Justine.

Be it through visits to the children and families in the hospital, or through benefit events for the Foundation, René Angélil and Céline Dion were always there for Sainte-Justine. They had great confidence in the institution and were always fully devoted to the cause.

“René and I are convinced that the CHU Sainte-Justine has the capacity to provide the brightest possible future for children and mothers in Quebec,” Céline Dion said on behalf of her and her husband, at the press conference launching the Healing More Better campaign in 2012.“  Our hope is to inspire Quebecers’ tremendous generosity. And then we will continue to do everything in our power to help the CHU Sainte-Justine heal more and more children.”

The CHU Sainte-Justine Foundation pays tribute to René Angélil and to his tremendous legacy to Quebec society, at the artistic, economic and charitable levels, and especially through his unfailing commitment to our institution, and his love and support for the children. Mr. Angélil, thank you!

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