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I am paddling again with my dragonboat team this summer to raise money for the CanSupport program at the Cedars Cancer Centre at the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC). Cancer is freaking scary (let's be honest) and cancer patients needs all the support they can get and Cedars CanSupport does exactly that. I remember my mom opening a box from them, not too long after her cancer diagnosis but long enough that she had lost her hair and had ordered a wig, and it included information on how to cope with the diagnosis, how to eat well during chemotherapy and how to care for a wig. All monies raised go directly to Cedars CanSupport, a division of the Cedars Cancer Foundation which provides free psychological, emotional, practical and financial support to cancer patients and their families being treated at the MUHC. The program is mostly made up of former cancer patients themselves, and I'd like to think that my mum would have been one of them if she was here with us today. These patients and their families need as much support and guidance as they can get - even the cost of parking is overwhelming - and they help guide patients through it all.
I, along with my team, have been training this summer to improve our techniques, synchronization, power strokes, and overall dragon boating team technique so that we will be victorious (or at least have a great time) on Race Day in both our racing and fundraising efforts. On September 9th, 2017 we will take part in the 12th Annual Cedars CanSupport Dragon Boat Race & Festival in order to help raise awareness and much needed funds for cancer patients and their families at the MUHC. It will be difficult, yet empowering, to watch the cancer survivors' boat paddle and commemorate those who have survived, and those we have lost, to cancer.
We hope you will help to support us and cheer us on at the beautiful Promenade Pére Marquette in Lachine on Saturday, September 9th. I believe the minimum donation for a tax receipt is $25. Thank you in advance for your kind consideration and generosity. I will think of you all, but most importantly those closest to me who have lost their battle to cancer, as I feel my muscles burn and forehead sweat...a tiny snipped of all the pain, hardships and challenges they went through.
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