St. Paul’s student finds a way to honour friends and help others

Monday, July 20, 2015

The tragedy of losing two friends to brain cancer became the motivation for Madeline Leblanc, a St. Paul’s student who’s studying Environment and Resource Studies, to try make a difference for future cancer patients. After a day of paddling on a canal, Maddi thought of starting up On Board, a stand-up paddle boarding fundraiser.

Maddi on a paddle board on the Welland Canal

She felt that it was the best way she could honour the lives of her friends while helping others who are suffering from the same illness. That first year, she raised $4,000, and the funds were directed towards the Canadian Cancer Society for brain cancer research in hopes of finding a cure.

This year, she is doing it again on July 23, and is inviting others to paddle the 10 km down the Welland Canal with her. 

Originally, Maddi had doubts about whether such an endeavour could be successful. She is still astonished at the outpouring of support from her family, friends, and community who have all helped her to make a difference.

Visit Maddi's Facebook page for information about the event.

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