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Help Laurie raise money

For participating in Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend 2022

My Story…

A colleague of mine, Brigitte Lavigne passed away last week after a diagnosis of stage 4 lung cancer 2 years ago at 46 years of age.  For the past 15 years, she has participated in the Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend.  In fact, even with an incurable lung cancer diagnosis she was registered to complete 5K in this year’s event. 


Her diagnosis was a shock, not just to her but to her young family, friends and colleagues. No one would have ever expected HER to have lung cancer.  Brigitte always said: "it is clear that this translates to the need to improve education and awareness, find ways for early detection, and ultimately enhance treatments to allow for longer life expectancy." 


So today I am asking for your help to ensure that Brigitte’s spirit is at the Ottawa Race Weekend event in a BIG way!  


We are putting together a team for the 5K walk/run on May 28th/29th in Ottawa.  I am asking for your help to honour Brigitte by making a donation to Lung Cancer Canada and to help the team reach its fundraising goal of $10,000 for Lung Cancer Canada! 


In Brigitte's own words: "Never in a million years would I have expected to get lung cancer. A busy mom and professional (though often noted for running off her legs), I was healthy. I exercised, watched my weight, ate well, didn't drink or smoke. I never realized that ANYONE with lungs can get lung cancer.  Like many, I attached a stigma to lung cancer." 


You may be surprised to learn that:

Although about 72% of lung cancer cases in Canada are due to smoking tobacco, it is still possible to get lung cancer if you have never smoked. In fact, lung cancer in never-smokers is among the leading causes of cancer related mortality. The risk factors for lung cancer go far beyond smoking tobacco. They include, among many others; second-hand smoke, radon, asbestos, outdoor air pollution, and personal or family history of lung cancer”. (source: Lung Cancer Canada)  

Donate to help Laurie raise money for Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend 2022’s fundraising campaign.

Recent donors

Donation date Donor name Donation amount
Apr 19 Maddie & Bret Ludlow $27.80
Apr 19 Alan Marcon $108.31
Apr 19 Rob & Val Crema Great cause - thanks for doing this, Laurie! Undisclosed amount