Venturing Out Beyond Our Cancer Treasure Hunt for Life


John Abbott College hosts fundraiser

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On Saturday May 23, the campus at John Abbott College welcomed over 200 people in hosting the annual Venturing out beyond Our Cancer, (VOBOC) thrilling fundraiser styled on The Amazing Race.

The Treasure Hunt for Life offered participants of all ages, and abilities setting out on foot to find treasures, and complete fun challenges or answer simple questions found throughout the grounds of the Ste-Anne-De-Bellevue Cegep.

“I can never repay VOBOC for what they’ve done for me. I admire them and am inspired by them. I have met many other patients who have been supported by VOBOC too and I also make a point of introducing other young cancer patients to the charity so they can benefit from all the wonders it has to offer.

My goal is to make sure other young cancer patients like me, never feel alone again. That is why I am participating in VOBOC’s fundraiser the Treasure Hunt for Life today, to raise funds to ensure VOBOC can continue to support adolescents and young adults with cancer,” said Laura Loebenberg, Patient and Spokesperson for VOBOC’s 2015 Treasure Hunt for Life.

“Pro-Tam supports VOBOC because we have seen, first hand, the positive results they achieve. VOBOC represents the values of empathy and compassion, values that are often forgotten when we focus on research, technology and the development of a cure. We all want a cure, but I find people living with cancer are overlooked. VOBOC provides direct support to enhance the lives of our young people and their loved ones,” said Tammy Hebert, President and owner, Pro-Tam.

I don’t know of a single individual who hasn’t been touched by cancer in some way, shape or form. VOBOC’s annual Treasure Hunt helps provide the much needed resources to enable the organization to continue the amazing work that they do for adolescents and young adults (AYA) with cancer.

By volunteering with VOBOC, I hope that I can help make a difference in someone’s life and it is my way of letting these adolescents and young adults know that they are not alone in their cancer journey,” said Helen Chrenowski

“The VOBOC Treasure Hunt for Life is a huge success, thanks to all of the participants and volunteers who have rallied behind us once again. The funds we raised during this vital fundraiser will support our programs helping us fulfill our mission of working in partnership with patients, health care providers and the community to increase survivorship and transform care to adolescents and young adults with cancer.   Joanne Goudreau, Executive Director, VOBOC, told The Suburban.

Goudreau was elated to announce that the event raised a little over $32,000.00.

VOBOC’s mission is to work in partnership to increase survivorship and transform care for adolescents and young adults with cancer. The organization has touched the lives of over 8000 cancer patients since its inception in 2001.

Further information on VOBOC can be viewed at the following link : Http//

PHOTO CAPTION (l-r : Joanne Goudreau, Executive Director, VOBOC, Helen Chrenowski, Laura Loebenberg, Alison Weiss)


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