Community of Evangeline set to Honour Those Lost to Cancer

20 November 2015

Charlottetown, PE -

Community of Evangeline set to Honour Those Lost to Cancer
So many things motivate us to take action to make the world a better place.  For Gilles Arsenault, it was his sister’s experience with cancer that inspired him to join the Canadian Cancer Society’s Dream Team.  It is his goal, and that of his teammates, to help change cancer forever.


Although Gilles had been exposed to cancer through his work in the schools, nothing prepared him for the news he received when his sister, Nicole, was diagnosed with colon cancer.  She was young, healthy and active.  Most of all, she was a mom to an amazing little boy, Carson.  As we all know, though, cancer does not discriminate.  It knows not age, nor sex, nor family life.  Sadly, Nicole’s community said good-bye to her at the tender age of 41.


Through this experience, Gilles was reminded what a huge toll cancer takes, not only on the cancer patient, but also family, friends and the community as a whole.  He is incredibly grateful to live in a place like PEI where our communities come together to support each other.


And later this month the community will come together, once again, to show their unity and strength in the fight against cancer.  Motivated by Gilles’ involvement with the Dream Team, five families who have lost a loved one to the disease are having a party in their honour.  The five families include Nicole Grigg, Corinne Gallant, Claudette Arsenault, Roger (Teddy) Gallant and Leonce Bernard (former Lieutenant Governor).


The event will take place on Saturday, November 28th, 2015, starting at 9:00pm.  Tickets cost $10 and include a dance as well as fitting tributes on display to acknowledge these special people and their families.  All are welcome.


“My biggest motivation is to raise funds that will support the most innovative cancer research taking place in the country”, shares Gilles.  “Through research we can better understand the disease which will ultimately help us beat it.  This is also about keeping my sister’s memory alive.  I can think of no better way to honour her than to try and stop it from happening to someone else.”


The Dream Team is a group of community leaders from across the country who come together to raise awareness and to help raise funds in support of the society’s work.  On PEI, the Dream

Team is comprised of ten individuals, each of whom has committed to raising an impressive $5,000.


Please join Gilles Arsenault and his friends on November 28th.


Tickets are $10 and can be purchased from members of the honorees’ immediate families (Gilles Arsenault can be reached at 902-393-2376).  If there are tickets available the day of the event, they will be for sale at the door (225 being sold in total).


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