My journey with LLS started in 2008 as the company I founded, Celator Pharmaceuticals was in the early clinical stages of developing what appeared to be a very promising drug for treating acute myelogenous leukemia (AML). While our results were very encouraging, we were having difficulty raising financing to conduct important Phase 2 clinical trials that would demonstrate how effective this drug could be for improving outcomes of AML patients.
Yves Ducharme has more than 30 years of experience in the areas of real estate and construction, more specifically in the retail industry sector. At the national level, he was involved with two large retailers (Metro Richelieu Inc. and Boutique Jacob Inc.) First as Project Manager, then as Senior Director, and as Vice President, Real Estate & Construction after that, he was in charge of managing portfolios and store designs as well as building logistics. In 2011, he joined the Construction Vergo team as Senior Vice President, Chief of Operations. He was promoted to company President in 2013.
Cancer, in all it’s ugly forms, has significantly impacted both Jane and Russell’s families. “We have lost too many people we love to this terrible disease, including two family members diagnosed with lymphoma.” Five years ago, Russell became involved with Team in Training as he was preparing for his first half marathon. Since then, he has completed 31 half marathons and numerous five and 10 km events, many in support of Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada (LLSC).
“I’ve had the privilege of witnessing the progress that The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada has contributed to in finding cures for cancer over the last two decades. Our community is committed to continuing this work toward the day where cancer will be something spoken of in the past tense. My association with the LLSC has given me the opportunity to see the tremendous effort made by thousands of people working together to conquer cancer.”
Olivia Mason was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) in February of 2011 and was in the hospital for 6 months with 5 rounds of chemotherapy. She lost 30% of her body weight and had infections every round of chemo causing partial paralysis from leukemic tumors on her spinal cord, which affected her ability to walk. It was no small task for Olivia and her doctors to fend off her illness.
In February 2015, I made a decision to quit smoking cigarettes after smoking for 18 years. When I quit smoking I took up running. I was able to do my first 10km run in September of 2015 running for about 2km and walking the rest of the 8 km. That was when I decided to register for my first full Marathon (42.2km) at the Calgary Marathon in May 2016. Well call me crazy, but you won't be far from describing my true personality! So I did this marathon at a time of 5hr 47 minutes and I was proud of myself. So I registered for the Okanagan Marathon in October 2016 the same year and completed this marathon at 4hrs 47minutes.