You have to try it to understand

For Xavier, giving is more rewarding than receiving. “I’m not saying that it’s not nice to receive, but I think they go hand in hand. When we give, we receive at the same time. Sometimes, we don’t realize that volunteering lets us do this. You have to try it to understand.”

It’s because giving makes him feel good that 31-year-old Xavier, who has a two-year old son, finds time for volunteering in his crazy schedule. A PhD in biochemistry who is keenly interested in cancer research (ah, the mystery of cells and their millions of DNA molecules!), he has started long years of medical training to become a hematologist-oncologist, probably in paediatric medicine. Wearing this new hat will allow him to work with patients and stay tuned to their reality to better understand their needs. Xavier is motivated, isn’t he? In a nutshell.

It’s during the Relay For Life in Mont-Laurier, in 2012, that he started volunteering for the CCS. He gave the first of a long series of lectures on research. Xavier didn’t just get involved by picking up the mic to explain scientific terms in everyday language, but he also made a difference behind the wheel. As a volunteer driver at the CCS’s Jacques-Cantin Lodge, he drove many residents to their treatment centre. An experience that brought him into contact with people living with the disease, but in a very different context.

Depending on his schedule, Xavier gives more or less time. Sort of custom volunteering. “People often think they don’t have the time to volunteer. But when you try it, you realize that time can be found.” He’s chosen the CCS among all the other cancer charities because he identifies with it. The organization plays a global leadership role in the cause by funding research and getting involved with the community. It’s also what he tries to do. We think Xavier and the CCS were made for each other.   

 Did you know that a donation of…

$9 per month for a year > helps fund two hours of research to improve childhood cancer treatments.

$325 > helps cover the transportation costs of a person living with cancer to his or her treatment centre.