By Doreen Edward
Racing to help adolescents and young adults with cancer VOBOC’S Treasure Hunt for Life takes place May 23 at John Abbott College May 21, 2015, Montreal:
Each year approximately 7,000 Canadian (1445 Quebec) adolescents and young adults (AYAs) learn they have cancer. Currently, oncology services (both medical and non-medical) are largely geared towards children or older adults with cancer. As a result, the unique needs of AYAs are unmet. Their diagnosis is different, the biology of their disease is different, their life challenges are different, the long-term impact of their treatment is different. Plus, in contrast to younger and older cancer patients, survival rates for adolescents and young adults have not improved since the 1970s! VOBOC is working to change all of this. A Montreal-based charity, VOBOC’s mission is to work in partnership with patients, health care providers, the private and public sectors and the community to increase survivorship and transform care for Canadian adolescents and young adults with cancer.
On Saturday May 23, the Montreal community will turn out in number to help VOBOC achieve its mission. Some 200 participants and volunteers will take part in VOBOC’s Treasure Hunt for Life, a thrilling fundraiser styled on the ‘Amazing Race”. Participants of all ages and abilities will set out on foot to find treasures and complete fun challenges or answer simple quizzes.
Come meet Laura, an amazing young woman Laura Loebenberg, this year’s Treasure Hunt for Life spokesperson was diagnosed with brain cancer at age 14. Now 20, Laura will talk about how cancer altered her life. She will also talk with gratitude about the support, understanding and sense of community she found thanks to VOBOC.
Details of the event
The Treasure Hunt for Life starts at 9:00 a.m. on May 23 at John Abbott College, 21275 Lakeshore Road, Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue and capped off at 12 p.m. with a healthy lunch and prizes galore. The Treasure Hunt for Life is a go, rain or shine!