This Sunday, Paul Ceyssens will be lacing up his runners to participate in the BMO Vancouver Marathon in memory of his wife Laurel, in honour of his sister-in-law Bronwyn and in support of the Colorectal Cancer Association of Canada (CCAC).

“I think everyone has heard of the assistance the CCAC provided our family when Laurel was ill, so it’s sufficient to say here that they made an enormous difference,” said Paul.

Training since Christmas, Paul was inspired by one of his local soccer coaches who is preparing for an ultra-marathon. Her words encouraged him to sign up for the run; ‘it’s still a finish even if it’s midnight. It can be pitch dark, they can be taking down all the signs and you can crawl across the line on your hands and knees.’ Despite it being Paul’s first marathon, he is hoping to do better than that.

His dedication reminds us that when there is a will, there is always a way.

“In running, it doesn’t matter whether you come in first, in the middle of the pack, or last. You can say, ‘I have finished.’ There is a lot of satisfaction in that.”
-Fred Lebow, New York City Marathon co-founder

Vancouver Marathon Track

If you would like to sponsor Paul in his race on Sunday please follow the process below.
go to

once you are there, select Donate Now (from the red boxes)
complete “donation amount”
select “donation frequency” (select “one-time donation”)
under “fund/designation”, click on the down arrow next to the red question mark to number 8