Jean-Marc Chaput: a boost of energy for the 8th National Conference to Defeat Cancer

MONTREAL, March 2, 2016 /CNW Telbec/ - Coalition Priorité Cancer au Québec, as well as National Conference patron Marguerite Blais, are pleased to welcome Jean-Marc Chaput as a special guest for the 8th National Conference to Defeat Cancer, scheduled to be held on April 14 and 15, 2016, at the Omni Mont-Royal Hotel, in Montreal.

During lunch on April 14, Jean-Marc Chaput will present a highly delightful motivational monologue entitled "Motivation… is now!", focusing on the battle against cancer. In addition, on the following day, he will attend the "P'tit déjeuner avec les célébrités" (Celebrities Breakfast) during which he will share his personal experience with cancer. And finally, he will answer the questions of moderator, communicator and prostate cancer survivor Winston McQuade, as part of "Une rencontre avec… " (A meeting with...), a unique event which has become a National Conference tradition. This is a special and intimate moment featuring exchanges between a public figure affected by cancer and some 300 National Conference participants, a great number of whom are patients and informal caregivers.

"I am pleased to play a role in the 8th National Conference to Defeat Cancer and have an opportunity to not only share my life experiences as a former informal caregiver and cancer survivor, but also to remind people that they should fully enjoy each passing moment as if it were their last," explains Jean-Marc Chaput. "We should all live in the present, without dwelling too much on the past, over which we no longer have control, or the future, which we cannot foresee. Enjoying life to the fullest and choosing our battles is what allows us to understand that over which we have control and that over which our actions have no effect," he adds.   

Comedian, motivator and author Jean-Marc Chaput is very familiar with cancer, having survived a cancer himself and been an informal caregiver on two occasions, once for his spouse and cancer survivor Céline, and once again for his granddaughter Rose, who regrettably succumbed to her illness. "Losing a 17 year-old child to cancer made me realize just how precarious life can be. It isn't fair, but that's how life evolves on earth! Eventually, we may have to stop thinking of such precariousness as a curse. Life is designed this way, it is a gift… albeit a fleeting one." As Chaput sees it, ordeals must be perceived as springboards, even in the case of a disease like cancer: "They often allow us to surpass ourselves and expand our appreciation of what we have…" 

Cancer: the revolution… is now!

Inspired by this year's theme, Coalition Priorité Cancer au Québec wishes to project the message that cancer does not wait. Patients can no longer wait. Diagnoses, surgical waiting times, access to drugs, better healthcare, precariousness of informal caregivers, people affected by cancer need help and improved services. Given that the number of cancer cases is projected to grow by more than 35% over the next 20 years (1), patient needs are likely to follow suit. In the cancer community, the revolution has begun. Will we be able to cope?

(1) Statistics Canada/Canadian Cancer Society, the « Canadian Statistics on cancer 2015 » report

To register, take a look at the preliminary program, view the video featuring Jean-Marc Chaput or Marguerite Blais and/or to obtain information regarding the event, visit the Website: www.conferencecancer.com

 

About the Coalition

Coalition Priorité Cancer au Québec was founded in 2001 to protect, support and give a strong voice to people affected by cancer (patients, survivors, informal caregivers, their families and their loved ones, as well as cancer-related community organizations and health professionals) and to help organize the fight against cancer. The Coalition supports the achievement of the mission of it's community and volunteer members and patients groups. Because of the contribution of these organizations and members, the Coalition's membership represents close to 2 million people.

Source : Coalition Priorité Cancer au Québec

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SOURCE Coalition Priorité Cancer au Québec

For further information: Sylvie Piché, 514-868-2009 poste 225, spiche@coalitioncancer.com

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