If I can help even one individual in my lifetime, it is worth the effort.
After surviving breast cancer, Rose-Marie LeBlanc was inspired to find a way to help others facing cancer and to help find a cure. In 2003, Rose-Marie led Shediac, New Brunswick’s very first Relay For Life. Relay is an event that celebrates cancer survivors, honours those who have lost their battles and inspires participants to continue the fight against cancer. Since then, under her leadership, the event has raised more than $1 million.
In November 2006, Rose-Marie’s courage was tested yet again. Her husband of 40 years, Roger, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Sadly, he died of the disease in January 2007. In spite of her grief, Rose-Marie summoned her strength and volunteered once again to chair the Shediac Relay For Life that year.
“If I can help even one individual in my lifetime, it is worth the effort,” Rose-Marie says. “For me, it’s a personal thing. We have to work to find a cure and to educate more people. It’s a continuous battle.”