36 km, 5 Walkers, 1 Cause: End Women’s Cancers

From left to right and from top to bottom : Dominique St-Amand, Chantal Langevin, Caroline Clermont, Laurie Lévesque et Annie Doyle.

For the past four years in a row, for Chantal Langevin, the end of summer has been synonymous with donning a pair of running shoes in preparation for the 36-km walk to support her cause: the fight to end women’s cancers. She has walked a total of 164 km and raised more than $14,000 for the Segal Cancer Centre at the Jewish General Hospital.

United for the cause

On August 24, four Cascaders will join Chantal for the 9th edition of the Weekend to End Women’s Cancers; Annie Doyle, Laurie Lévesque, Caroline Clermont and Dominique St-Amand. The “Cascadeuses,” as they are fittingly called, had aimed to raise a total of $6,250. So far, they have reached an impressive sum of $8,093, which will be used for treatment and research related to women’s cancers. Together, they raised the money through the generous donations of colleagues, families and friends. The fundraising abilities of the “Cascadeuses” put them on the honour role of the Weekend’s most successful participants!

Each walker trained individually for the event, in order to be in top shape. Training was not limited to walking, but also jogging and other physical activities, such as zumba at noon hour!

Personal motivation

This is a very special time of year for Chantal, since it allows her to help women who are going through the same ordeal that she herself went through—and came out of successfully! As a cancer survivor officially in remission, Chantal takes advantage of the opportunity every year to give to others and, ultimately, to allow other women to have what she has: a second chance. With her determination and infectious energy, it’s not surprising that she managed to get her colleagues onboard for her cause!

An unforgettable Weekend

Since its creation in 2005, the Weekend to End Women’s Cancers has raised more than $45 million, which has been used to fund treatment, research and prevention programs for women’s cancers at the Segal Cancer Centre at the Jewish General Hospital. The weekend for hope is a good opportunity to remember loved ones lost to cancer, and also to celebrate all those whose lives have been saved.

Each of us is touched by a particular cause, whether it be up close and personal, or from afar. Which cause is close to your heart and why?

Good luck, “Cascadeuses,” on your long walk!

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About the Author
Mélanie St-Pierre

Mélanie St-Pierre is a sustainable development advisor for Cascades. As an intern in the Cascades Communications Department, she already loved how her workplace’s values matched hers. “As far as I can remember, I’ve always wanted to make a difference. In my opinion, communication is the perfect tool for changing attitudes and habits in a way that favours a greener tomorrow. I’m proud to work for Cascades, a true leader in this field!” Mélanie holds a bachelor’s degree in communication, writing and multimedia from the Université de Sherbrooke. In her free time, she is involved in all sorts of environmental and social projects. For her, sustainable development isn’t just a job; it’s a way of life.

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