by Rhonda Massad
Styled after the hit television series The Amazing Race, VOBOC’s annual signature fundraiser, the Treasure Hunt for Life will take place at John Abbott College.
VOBOC, Venturing Out Beyond Cancer, is a community group that reaches out to those victims of cancer from 13 to 39 years old.
Teams of four will compete against other teams to decipher clues and complete challenges designed for all ages. Last year’s challenges included partners of two holding a balloon behind their backs without dropping it, digging for treasure in deep buckets of paper maché, styrofoam bits, cooked spaghetti and coffee grinds. This year there are many new and exciting challenges planned.
Teams are made up of 4 members. Registration fee is $10 per person. Each team must raise a minimum of $500 of pledges. Each team must have one participant 14 years of age or older. Lunch is included. Corporate teams are welcomed.
Every $100 raised beyond the team’s minimum pledge of $500.00 enters the team in a raffle for a $400 gift certificate.
Every 12 hours in Montreal an adolescent or young adult learns they have cancer. According to Doreen Edward, founder of VOBOC and two time cancer survivor, a cancer diagnosis at any age is difficult but learning that you have cancer while you are still in school, just starting your career or beginning to raise a family is devastating.
VOBOC’s mission is to work with hospital oncology teams to provide newly diagnosed patients with tools, resources, diversion and a connection to support services. VOBOC currently partners with several major hospitals including the Lakeshore General, Jewish General, Montreal Children’s, Montreal General, Royal Victoria, St. Mary’s and the Montreal Neuro.