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The Victor Richard Bicycle Ride entered its third incredible year on August 15th, 2010. Crucial funds were raised for the CCAC while a number of skilled cyclists inspired us to stay fit and ride, ride, ride!
Victor Richard exuded sensational joie de vivre, even throughout his treatment for Stage IV colon cancer. His youngest son, Paul Richard, started the “Victor Richard Cross-country Bicycle Ride” after his father’s legacy of athleticism and in honour of his spirit of giving.
Thank you to everyone who participated in this very challenging ride!
Think back to high school- can you imagine conquering the stress of being a teenager while simultaneously helping a parent conquer cancer? Behind every cancer patient is a family that needs support too, and Hope & Cope in Montreal is looking to serve as many of those family members as possible through workshops like their upcoming Connecting Teens Whose Lives Have Been Touched by Cancer event.
Do you know a patient with a teenage son or daughter in need of a friendly peer environment? The workshop takes place on Friday, July 30th from noon to 4:00 at the Hope & Cope Centre, 4635 chemin de la Cote-Ste-Catherine in Montreal. To register, contact Pauline Orr at 514-340-8222, extension 2591.
Workshop participants will enjoy a free BBQ lunch while meeting and connecting with other teenagers and learning about coping skills and gaining emotional support.
Colorectal cancer patients have access to a number of support groups across Canada, and some may allow family members to participate. In addition, the CCAC Cancer Coach Program can handle calls from family members who have been affected by their loved one’s diagnosis- call 1-877-50-COLON or email firstname.lastname@example.org to be put in touch with a confidential Cancer Coach.
The CCAC wishes to show its support of all support groups and workshops dedicated to supporting cancer patients. Which have helped you and your family cope?
Dominique Michel, Québécoise comedian, actress and singer, has received a colon cancer diagnosis at the age of 77.
Born in Sorel-Tracy, the Gemini award-winning star is an Officer of the Order of Canada and was made a Knight in the Ordre national du Québec in 2002. A household name in la belle province, Dominique has starred in numerous television shows and films, has co-hosted the world-famous Just For Laughs festival and is a recurring ingredient in the success of Bye Bye, the wildly popular New Years Eve sketch comedy show. She will be undergoing surgical intervention today.
The CCAC wishes Domonique Michel a healthy treatment journey and continued laughter!
The CCAC applauds the decision of the Quebec Ministry of Health (Ministère de la Santé et des Services Sociaux – MSSS, http://www.msss.gouv.qc.ca) and its Minister Yves Bolduc to implement a colorectal cancer screening pilot in anticipation of launching a province wide colorectal cancer screening program. Félicitations! We look forward to updating Quebec’s information on our Canada Screening & Treatment map.
There is no word yet on whether the program will utilize the Fecal Occult Blood Test (FOBT) or Fecal Immunochemical test (FIT) for the preliminary screening of symptom-free adults, but those who are identified as high-risk (that is, those who have a family history of the disease) will have access to screening that corresponds to their risk, namely a colonoscopy.
Said CCAC president Barry Stein, “The CCAC has been advocating for primary prevention, screening and equal and timely access to effective treatments throughout the country. We are thrilled that the Minister and the Government of Quebec have elected to implement the program. At the same time, it is also imperative that the standard of care in the treatment of the disease be provided to ensure that the lives of those already touched by the disease are prolonged and that their quality of life is maintained.”
The proposed pilot program launch is exciting news, since the CCAC has been calling for all provinces to implement colorectal cancer screening programs since 2005. We are proud to say that as of 2010, all provinces have become members of the National Colorectal Cancer Screening Network and have committed to bringing in colorectal cancer screening programs.