Cancer fighter has mes­sage of hope

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Vic­to­ria Vanier Stanstead

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.

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