Rainy and chilly weather might be daunting for some, but our amazing supporters and participants were out in full force for the VOBOC Treasure Hunt on May 25th!
The day began with volunteers setting up the event and participants arriving to register before the race, all scanning the room at École Margeurite Bourgeoys for any sign of coffee and warily peeking out of the window every now and then to see if the rain would stop (while we happily obliged with the coffee, the rain was unfortunately out of our hands). The day ended with lots of laughter and a great sense of coming together to support the adolescents and young adults (AYA) affected by cancer in our community. That is truly what the Treasure Hunt for Life symbolizes.
Thanks to the efforts of volunteers, participants, sponsors and staff, VOBOC will be able to use these funds to offer 68 Vo-Paks to newly diagnosed AYA patients and will be able to grant 20 last Special Requests to patients in palliative care this year. That we see a constant increase in the number of AYAs diagnosed with cancer is a tragedy. However, in the face of such devastating adversity, it falls upon us – friends, family and community- to provide ever-present support.
As cancer patient and mother of 4 Sarah Labelle explains, “I am so blessed to have such an awesome family and community that continuously supports me in my struggle with this disease, recurrence is a nightmare I hope one day is not a factor. But to feel the love and support today was truly a blessing.”