A woman with advanced cancer decided to end her treatments to cross Quebec on foot.
Four years earlier, Maureen Vachon was diagnosed with breast cancer. However, the treatments never worked for this 52-year-old woman.
So she decided to quit everything and enjoy the rest of her life by challenging herself. This consists of hiking the Quebec Camino de Santiago, which starts in Montreal and ends in Cap-Gaspé. This round trip lasts 90 days and is more than 2400 km long.
“These were treatments where I sat in my chair doing watercolors and doing crosswords. I didn’t go anymore. I did not understand it. I had just run 150 miles in November, and in January I was struggling to run a block. We enjoy life there,” says Maureen Vachon in an interview with TVA Nouvelles.
The aim of his trip is to collect money for the St-Raphaël palliative and day center.
“It’s vital. I would say that for all palliative care homes, 40 to 50% is funded by the ministry. The rest comes from the community. In order to survive, we need the community,” explains Olivia Lévêque, Director General of the Center for Palliative Care and Day Center St-Raphaël.