Cancer fighter has message of hope
As is usual at this time of year, teams of fundraisers and cancer survivors are getting ready for the many Relay for Life events that are held in the spring, those all-night walking marathons dedicated to those who have survived cancer and loved ones who have succumbed to the disease.
Another event took place, in Stanstead recently, to raise money for a Stanstead resident who has had to fight more than one battle with cancer: Daniel Belanger. Almost five hundred people, family and friends of this twotime cancer survivor who now has a cancerous tumor on his pancreas, came out to the Pat Burns Arena on Saturday, May 3rd, for a fundraiser to gather money to help Mr. Belanger with his living expenses. He has had to change his employment because of his illness, now earning about half of what he used to, and may have to put his house up for sale. “There is really nothing in place to help people who become sick financially. I’m trying to survive on $250 a week,” Daniel commented.
But despite the physical and financial challenges that he faces daily, it was a message of hope that Mr. Belanger wanted to share with our readers: “I want to explain to people that there’s always hope. I’ve survived prostate cancer, a tumor on the brain, and then a severe infection that I caught while in the hospital; they had to put me in a coma for thirty days. I just want people to know that you can fight.”
Mr. Belanger got emotional talking about the event at the Pat Burns Arena that he was able to only partially attend, coming home to rest in between his appearances there. “I really found out how many friends I had. People came from as far away as Montreal, Thetford Mines and from the United States. People brought all kinds of food; it was great. I want to thank everyone who came.”
“I just want to remind people that it’s important to get their check-ups, and if they don’t feel well, to take it more seriously,” concluded Mr. Belanger.