Relive the experiences described in the inspiring stories told by people close to the foundation.

When a great friend of mine died of brain cancer, my life turned upside down. The first thing I did after the funeral was to go onto the Internet to see how I could offer my support to others facing this disease.

The Quebec Cancer Foundation challenged me with its fundraiser Compostelle en tandem. I’d wanted to experience that legendary trek for some time already, but had never made the decision. The time was now right.

From September 19 to October4, I was a member of that group, staying in hostels along the way. Quite an experience! In fact, it was the experience of a lifetime, and one I’ll never forget.

My teenage children and my friends thought I was crazy to participate. But no one was able to talk me out of doing it. It was about finding meaning in my life, and it was also about doing my share for all those affected by cancer, whether directly or indirectly, as I was.

Once I explained my new project to them however, everyone wanted to support me in any way they could. Even my gym trainer organized a spaghetti, pizza and wine supper and raised $1,300! Proof that everyone is everyone’s concern.

I wouldn’t exactly call my experience relaxing, but the magic worked all along the Camino de Santiago. Whether sharing a laugh with the rest of the group, appreciating the fantastic support of our tour guides, marvelling at the beautiful landscapes, or simply enjoying my peace of mind.

All along my journey, I made decisions. I will no longer feel guilty about everything and nothing. I'll be more attentive to what is happening outside my own self. It also brought a new routine into my life. Since I got back, I’ve been enjoying working out every day.

And I would do it again without hesitation – tomorrow morning!  For another chance of giving to others and because I came back transformed in such a positive way.

Lisa Mercier

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