Being given a second chance at life is the motivating force behind everything Patrice does. As someone who has lost many of his loved ones to cancer, he considers himself lucky to be a survivor.
Throughout his life, Patrice had always been athletic. But after his cancer journey, he took on his biggest challenge yet – running more than 1,000 kilometres to raise funds for the Canadian Cancer Society and spread awareness about the importance of living a healthy lifestyle.
Learn how this member of the Ilnu community from Mashteuiatsh, near Roberval, Quebec, was inspired to put on his running shoes to change the future of cancer.
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“I thought if I kept running it would help me get through it,” Patrice shares. “It was harder, of course, but it helped me stay positive.”
In December 2014, Patrice underwent surgery, which was more difficult than expected. Fortunately, the doctors were able to remove all the cancer cells and confirmed that his cancer had not metastasized.
We know that cancer disproportionally affects Black, Indigenous and people of color. With nearly half of Canadians expected to be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime, it’s more important than ever to continue our efforts to fund innovative and inclusive research projects that save lives. It’s for the same reason that Patrice, who has been in remission since 2019, will run more than 1,000 kilometres from June 21, 2021 to June 30, 2021 while raising funds for the Canadian Cancer Society. As of July 2021, Patrice has completed his challenge and raised over $75,000!
“It’s important to give to the Canadian Cancer Society because so many Canadians have someone close to them who has been affected by cancer,” Patrice shares. “We must not allow ourselves to give up hope."
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