Pharmaprix(MD) Weekend to End Women's Cancers in Montreal

"Give me 5!"

All I ask is that you give me 5 mins of your time

Why I chose "Give me 5."

The last year my mom lived changed not only her life but also everyone who surrounded her. She was such a sunshine. Some of you may think "awe soo cute its her mom! ofcourse she sees her as a sunshine!" but it was so much more then that my mom had a special gift. If you were blessed enough to get to know her she had probably already changed your life and most of the time it was indirectly. She had such an incredible look on life everyone wanted to be part of her team. She was on a mission after the balance of life success and hapiness. Independant, smart, loving and just so approchable. Wow, she really was incredible. The christmas before the holiday's Mom had intrusted each single one of us with a 5$ bill; every grand-kid, every uncle and aunt and ofcourse grandmaman. We were sent on a project; we were to invest our 5$ bill; wether it was in a local charity or simply to someone in need. You had the freedom to do what ever you chose with your 5$ but you had to do something.

So heres my High Five to you. Whoever you may be. However you landed on this page. What ever you chose to do, you have to do it in 5s. You can give any amount $$ but it must be in a multiple of 5 to a charity of your choice or to support me in my own charity project doing the 60km breast cancer walk Aug 2015; you can tell 5 people about my project or you could share it on your facebookpage instagram twitter; you could help 5 people out today and tell them they have to keep the chain of high 5s going. - If everyone does a little something this could spread like Wildfire!!

I want to create the Biggest chain of High 5s ever created while helping out from actions in our daily lives to going out and helping a charity. I chose Cancer research.


How Cancer hit Home.

Ever see those weird commercials where the people dive bck; in one scene its a fmaily gathering, another its at a doctors office. The Cancer commercial! You know the one I'm talking about. Yes and there goes the "C word". Mom loved these little acronymes. Trust me she tried to code the 'sex talk' with "Code Red" -.-' . I'm not going to lie, that commercial was the absolute perfect description of how I felt the first time I found out.

Dad had called me at school "Dunya I think you should cancel your plans with Mira and head home." Classic teen me : "but dad I reaaaaaaallly wanted to go and this is the only time Mira can go all week and I promised!". When dad picked me up from fairview he was awfully quiet... and its right at the moment we were parked in traffic on st charles middle of the bridge over the 40; "Dunya mom was diagnosed with cancer." My heart dropped sunk right into my chest, a wave of God knows what hit my in the face. All I said was "No." How could I say anything else? I had just turned 14, Cam's -the "little" brother" 13th Birthday was just in a week. For just a second I didn't know if I would make it through this, through the next 5 mins, through that moment. I remember walking into the house what a broken moment everyone was just trying to grasp enough air to keep it together. I think that was, for me, the hardest part.

April 1st 1957: Lise Chatelain's born at 1:05 pm in Ottawa Canada

2008 my mom got sick with terminal cancer of an undetermined source.

april 1st 2009: (Yes, April fools) Mom's 53rd Birthday & my 15th Birthday

june 4th 2009: Cam (my little borther)'s Birthday

july 1st 2009: Issam (my dad)'s Birthday

july 5th 2009: Lise Chatelain passed at 3:20 am.


Donate to our journey and make this Weekend matter! 

Pharmaprix(MD) Weekend to End Women's Cancers™ is a 2-day, 60-kilometre or 1-day 32-kilometre walk through the neighbourhoods of Montreal. It’s going to be a challenge, but we’re ready to do something bold and powerful in effort to end women’s cancers once and for all.

Our commitment is based on our love for our fellow sisters, mothers, grandmas, daughters, nieces, and friends everywhere. It’s based on the realization that we each need to do our part in this fight. 

2014 is our Tenth Anniversary of The Weekend! This year is the culmination of a decades worth of efforts by the Segal Cancer Centreat the Jewish General Hospital, doctors, researchers, and thousands of women across Montreal, who have been working toward a future free from the fear of women's cancers.  If you've ever considering supporting us, now is the time.

We ask you to take a stance with us and join this life-saving adventure for all women. Be a part of our very personal journey - by giving, by walking with us, or simply by sharing our story with your circle of influence. Don’t stand back and think about what you could have done – take that first step today! Take a chance with us – we’re going to change thousands of lives, beginning with our own.


This is OUR journey. Make it a Weekend we’ll never forget. 

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