Author: 24htremblant

24h Tremblant 2020: Over $2.2 Million for the Children

On behalf of the 1,620 participants, the thousands of contributors and partners who, from the sidelines, have made the 24h Tremblant 2020 an extraordinary success, the organization is presenting the impressive sum of $2,276,000 to its three beneficiary foundations. “It’s wonderful to be able to donate over $2.2 million to our three beneficiary foundations! While last year at this time we were experiencing uncertainty, we can now carry out our mission of supporting these foundations that are doing an extraordinary job in giving children the chance to grow and thrive in good health. So this is a time to...

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Charles-Bruneau’s story: our motivation

Sometimes, in order to move forward, we need to look back to where we started from. With emotion, humility and optimism, Pierre Bruneau looks back on a cause which, as he says so aptly, has transcended what it was originally.   Today, when we hear the name “Charles Bruneau,” what first comes to mind is no longer just the little boy with big dreams and a heart of gold. The name has also become synonymous with a cause that took root and blossomed into something that led to spectacular medical advances. Pediatric cancers, of which so little was known at first, is now better understood by medical personnel and the subject of much promising research. For that reason, we are proud to announce that 80% of childhood cancers can now be cured. This remarkable statistic is more than just a dry number. It is the legacy of young Charles; it is our raison d’être and why we look to the future with our heads held high and confident hearts. To our thousands of donors and participants, thank you for making a difference in children’s lives. We can’t say it enough: together, we are...

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Surviving Childhood Cancer : A springboard into adulthood

A diagnosis of childhood cancer comes with a host of physical, psychological and social repercussions; survivors of pediatric cancer will have baggage to deal with for the rest of their lives. Carole Provost, pivot nurse with the hematology-oncology outpatient clinic at CHU Ste-Justine, knows something about it. Research into pediatric hemato-oncology has made promising progress in the last decade – today, 80% of children diagnosed with cancer are recovering from the ordeal.  Still, one-third of survivors cope with serious long-term after-effects. This new reality led CHU Ste-Justine to establish a survivor care program to facilitate the transition of young patients into adulthood; without which they were being left to grapple with issues on their own. Owing to donations collected during Tremblant’s 24h, Fondation Charles-Bruneau has been able to fund this long-term care program for the past five years. Since 2014, a pivot nurse with the hematology-oncology outpatient clinic at CHU Ste-Justine has devoted herself full-time to this vocation. Carole Provost does follow-up with patients in order to prevent the possible complications of after-effects and reduce their impact on their future lives. “My job is to improve quality of life for survivors so that they can lead lives that are as productive as possible,” she notes. “These children often experience attention deficit problems and anxiety that can be detrimental later on in the job market; others suffer from infertility. I...

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The magic of human reciprocity

For our team, Tremblant’s 24h 2019 was a very emotional weekend. Many of you know our story – the story of Jacob Tourigny. Last December, while attending the 24h, Jacob decided he wanted to form a team for the following year’s edition. A few weeks later, he and his 6th grade class toured Fondation Charles-Bruneau as part of a school outing. And then, shortly after that visit, in February 2019, Jacob was diagnosed with leukemia. It was a rare and aggressive strain, and it took Jacob from us in just eight days. With that chain of events in mind,...

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$1.8 million for research !

Though winter seems like a distant memory right now, the four million dollars raised at Tremblant’s 24h are at work all year long. As a matter of fact, we were at the Ste-Justine CHU just last week to hand over, on behalf of all the participants, the impressive amount of 1.8 MILLION DOLLARS to Fondation Charles-Bruneau. Thanks to the efforts of 3,500 participants, the generosity of more than 40,000 donors and the dedication of medical staff, a number of promising research programs will continue to progress and, we hope, lead to a cure for the 20% of children whose cancer is...

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The Centre de pédiatrie sociale Cœur des Laurentides: A year later…

May 17 marked the first anniversary of the Centre de pédiatrie sociale (CPSC) Cœur des Laurentides, located in Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts just a few kilometres south of Mont-Tremblant. Throughout this first year, we went out and met the children, got to know them, and also established a relationship of trust with them. The social pediatrics centre in Sainte-Agathe accompanies and supports children between 0 and 16 years old living in the MRC des Laurentides (20 municipalities) who are in vulnerable situations to ensure their optimal growth and development such that their fundamental rights, needs, and best interests are respected. The model...

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Mom testimony : Sara

Text by Franca Messina, Sara’s mom   August 19, 2017. My life came to a halt. I learned that my daughter Sara, age 8, had cancer. More specifically, acute lymphoblastic leukemia. I was crushed. I lost interest in everything; all I wanted was to be with my girl. I was completely wracked with anxiety. I was in the unknown. I had no idea what to expect because I didn’t know this monster that had attacked my daughter’s body. Meanwhile Sara, along with constant pain, nausea and vomiting, had to stop doing the two things she loved the most: dancing and...

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Mom testimony : Henry-Alexander

A text by Henry-Alexander’s mom   First off, I would like to introduce you to our amazing son, Henry. Henry is almost 14 now.  He is a very happy kid who loves music, Robert Munsch books, spending time in water, camping, skiing, horseback riding and the Wii. He loves to laugh and joke with people.  He has a switch that you can record messages on, and he takes a joke to school every day to tell his friends. He has cerebral palsy, epilepsy, cortical visual impairment and developmental delay.  When Henry was born we found out that he had...

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The Vieux Bambous ; a story of hope and love

There are stories that inspire and touch us so much that they touch us to our very core and push us to redefine ourselves as an event and a foundation.   Few things are as satisfying for those of us on the 24h team as seeing a movement come alive and grow, year after year, to support children’s causes. Mathilde and her family The Vieux Bambous is a case in point. Marc-André Larose, a family man who felt helpless in the face of his daughter Mathilde’s cancer diagnosis, decided to recruit friends and relatives to form a team for...

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Mom testimony : Loudovick

Written by Émilie Brousseau, Loudovick’s mom   I can clearly remember the day we received our son’s diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). It was like being punched in the stomach but mixed with relief because finally we could put a name to what made him different!   Living with autism: A routine that comes with challenges We are fortunate that Loudovick has high-functioning autism, which means that he can function well in society. People tend to have an image of what a person living with autism is like; Loudovick is not that. He attends regular class at school, he...

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