• John Jantak

Pincourt's Relay for Life surpasses fundraising goal


PHOTO BY JOHN JANTAK

(Left to right) Pincourt Mayor Yvan Cardinal (in orange) participant Line Lebrun, and Vaudreuil-Soulanges Liberal MP Peter Schiefke, at the beginning of the 15th annual Relay for Life walk held in Pincourt last Friday evening, May 25 to promote awareness and raises funds for the Canadian Cancer Society.

Cancer survivor Line Lebrun and hundreds of other victims and their supporters turned up en masse at Parc Olympique in Pincourt to participate in the 15th annual Relay for Life in Vaudreuil-Soulanges to promote awareness and raise funds for the Canadian Cancer Society, last Friday evening, May 25.

Lebrun, 55, has been involved with the Relay for Life for more than 12 years and helped to organize the event for the past three years. She’s also been volunteering for the Canadian Cancer Society for the past 20 years. “It’s about helping raise money for research and supporting people who have cancer,” Lebrun told The Journal before the start of the relay.

‘I’m not giving up’

It’s also about letting victims and their families know that options and support are available and that no one has to go through their struggle alone. “My goal is to help people get out of the isolation they may be feeling or going through so that we can fight this disease and its consequences together,” said Lebrun.

Lebrun has been waging her own personal battle with the disease when she was first diagnosed with breast cancer 21 years ago when she was 34. It went into remission four years later. Lebrun’s cancer resurfaced at age 54 and spread to her lungs and liver. Despite the setback, Lebrun is optimistic. “I’m not letting go and I’m not giving up,” she said.

Schiefke’s struggle

Peter Schiefke, the Liberal MP for Vaudreuil-Soulanges, also participated in the event and talked about his personal struggle. “Being here means a lot to me. On a personal level I’ve survived cancer twice, in 2008 and again in 2011. Any opportunity I get to try to raise funds and awareness about the need to find better treatments in the hope that one day we can find a cure, I’m going to take it,” he said.

“That’s why I’m here today in solidarity with so many other survivors and those who are accompanying those survivors. We’re also in solidarity with those who have lost their lives to cancer and those who continue to fight,” added Schiefke.

PHOTO BY JOHN JANTAK

Soulanges MNA Lucie Charlebois and Vaudreuil MNA Marie-Claude Nichols were also on hand to lend their support to the Relay for Life walk.

Showing support

Soulanges MNA Lucie Charlebois and Vaudreuil MNA Marie-Claude Nichols also showed their support. “We have to support people who have cancer. My father died from cancer and if we get more research, if we can help victims to survive, it’s the least that we can do,” said Charlebois.

Pincourt Mayor Yvan Cardinal was thrilled his town was chosen to stage this year’s Relay for Life. “It’s a good evening and it’ll be a great night. We have a lot of people here. We’re surprised to see so many people here wearing their yellow jerseys. It means they are all battling cancer. The other people with orange T-shirts are people showing their support to cancer victims,” said Cardinal.

Lebrun reiterated the need for cancer victims and survivors to support each other as much as possible. “It’s important for all cancer victims not to isolate themselves, but to seek support from others who are also suffering,” said Lebrun.

This year’s Relay for Life surpassed its $150,000 objective by an impressive margin as of Tuesday afternoon, May 29. According to Jonathan Levesque, Development Officer of the Canadian Cancer Society, the amount raised now stands at $207,000.

Donations can be made at https://tinyurl.com/ycudkvg9 until September of this year.

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