THE DAY EVERYTHING CHANGED
THE DAY EVERYTHING CHANGED
I can not tell you the date, or even the time of year, but I remember very well the most difficult day of my life. I was lying on my bed and reading a book for school. It did not happen often at the time of my life, so I remember. My father came to join me in my room and asked me to sit down. "Charles, you'll have to be strong, your mother has skin cancer." The earth stops turning. The questions multiply in my head, but the earth never stops turning very long than it’s restart.
Now the fight begins. A fight that lasted 3 rounds over 6 years. Phew! Things happened during that time. Sadness, happiness during remissions and especially hope. During her third encounter with the disease, my mother had to resort to a lot of hope. The hope that an experimental drug can save her. Science has succeeded. The best gift that my brother, my sisters, my father and I have received in life is to always have Josée at our side and that we owe it partly to research.
Now that all this is behind us, we decided to continue the fight. Yes, it's not over! This time a lot less fear and much more satisfaction. Our efforts are now focused on fundraising and awareness raising. For a few years now, our family has been very involved in the fight against cancer, whether on a regional level with relays for life, outdoor cycling challenges (315km course between Quebec and Rimouski) and the bike-tour across the Gaspésie (965km course) and "Everest 2017: The adventure of a lifetime", climbing to the Everest base camp in 2017 accompanied by my best friend, my mother.
We are very sensitive to the impact that cancer has on people's lives. In our own way, we want to make a difference for people who have it, but also for the families who are affected.
These events raise funds for the Eastern Quebec Cancer Association and the Canadian Cancer Society.
In 2014, my grandfather left us after a fight against pancreatic cancer. This winter, it was the turn of my dad's cousin, Raymond Ouellet, to leave too quickly following pancreatic cancer. In spite of his young age, his physical form and his rage to live, the disease was right of his life.
Cycling from Vancouver to Gaspésie across Canada.
This summer, I will perform a bold challenge with my dad and my mom, my brother and my youngest sister. We will leave June 24 and return to Rimouski on August 11 after crossing a distance of about 6100 km from Vancouver to the Gaspé peninsula. I pledge to travel 4800 km by bike to pay tribute to our grandfather Henri Collin and our cousin Raymond Ouellet, who left too early, as well as the 4800 other victims of pancreatic cancer who died last year in Canada.
I invite you to give generously so that the research advances and that more and more fights are won, but especially ... avoid. I hope I can count on your support.
Thank you so much !