Steven Boudreau, 13, is the hero of the course of Courage, a 300 km course between Sherbrooke and Boucherville that 38 cyclists will pedal to raise funds for children with cancer. The young Estrien is well heroic title since it is courageously that he has been following his chemotherapy treatments, for 67 weeks, to fight the leukemia of which he is affected.
“It makes me happy to see people pedaling today and it makes me proud. And now I know I’m not the only one to be sick, “says Steven, who, accompanied by his father, follows the bunch of cyclists by car since his condition does not allow him to pedal the course organized in the framework of the 22nd CIBC Tour Charles-Bruneau.
“My family and friends help me a lot and I made a promise that I will keep. It is that of continuing my treatments under any circumstances and not letting go, “adds the teenager.
His father, Éric Boudreau, is full of pride. “In addition to fighting his cancer, he gets involved. He will not give up. He will fight to the end. Certainly the disease has affected us all, but to see him so courageous gives us hope, “he says.
Ce sont des manques d’équilibre répétés qui avaient mené Steven Boudreau à consulter un médecin. «Je marchais et je tombais. Et à un moment donné, je n’étais plus capable de me relever. Ils ont cru que c’était des douleurs de croissance, mais finalement après des tests, on nous a appris que c’était la leucémie», souligne le jeune homme.
Depuis le mois de mars, Steven est en rémission, mais il poursuivra ses traitements jusqu’en mars 2018, tous les mardis, pour être certain que le cancer a bien disparu.
Steven est une source d’inspiration pour les cyclistes, notamment pour la porte-parole du parcours Courage, la chef d’antenne au réseau LCN Julie Marcoux.
“I was looking forward to meeting you Steven! By training for the Tour, I was thinking about you and today I have the chance to tell you that the next two days are yours. We will give you a ton of energy for the rest of your treatments. We could not wait to ride our bike for you, “Marcoux said before the start.
This year, the CIBC Charles-Bruneau Tour takes place from July 4th to 7th, with more than 600 cyclists, on six different courses that travel 1,600km across the province with the goal of raising more than $ 3M for funding Of projects dedicated to pediatric oncology.
The cyclists on the Courage trail left Sherbrooke to head for their first destination: Sorel-Tracy. Their journey ends Friday in Boucherville.
For the past 22 years, the CIBC Charles-Bruneau Tour has been one of Quebec’s most important fundraising events. Thanks to its major partners and cyclists, the event raised nearly $ 18 million since 1995.