On The Way to the Niagara Falls Marathon
By Maria DiDanieli
Oct. 4, St-Lazare,
QC – Quebec
chiropractor, Dr. Patrick Lepage will take part in the Niagara Falls Marathon
on October 23 to raise funds for the Leucan Monteregie, a well-known
organization with a mission to help cancer-stricken children and their families
believe in a brighter future.
Dr. Lepage’s clinic, LePage Chiropractic Centre will also be
participating in raising funds. A week prior to the marathon, the general
public can come and receive a complete examination, including X-rays, in
exchange for a $ 30 donation. (Those who are willing can also buy “marathon
kilometres" for a chance to win one of three prizes.)
Dr. Lepage’s target time for the
marathon is under four hours fifteen minutes. “I obviously want to do at least
better than my first marathon. I completed one in Montreal in 2005 in four
hours fifteen minutes and I believe that I will
be able to be a little faster this time.”
For each of the five
members of Dr. Lepage’s family, running is part of everyday life. It is a means
of transportation, and the family also takes part in
races organized by the Endurance Running Circuit.
Leucan is a non-profit organization
that is well-known in Quebec.
Leucan is an association whose mission is to help cancer-stricken children and
their families believe in a brighter future.
Leucan looks after its families at
each phase of the illness by providing specific and adapted
services. Leucan is present in all walks of family life whether it be at
the hospital, at home, at school, in social life or in the public eye, by means
of financial assistance, welcome, emotional
assistance and support services, information, hosting
and support in playrooms, massage therapy at
the hospital and in the region,
socio-recreational activities, support groups, school
life, end-of-life and bereavement follow-up
The Lepage family is particularly
sensitive to this cause, Dr. Lepage’s wife, Genevieve, being a leukemia
survivor herself. Genevieve benefited
from the services of this organization when she was 14 years old.
“It is of course more motivating to
raise funds for an organization that we know, and even more for one from which
we received services,” points out the marathoner.