VANIER STUDENT TAKES ADVERSITY AND TURNS IT INTO GREAT ACHIEVEMENT
Raphaël Leclaire recovered from cancer twice and now inspires us again with his amazing fundraising.
September 18, 2009


Vanier College student Raphaël Leclaire was first diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma when he was twelve years old. Two rounds of chemotherapy proved successful initially, but the cancer returned when he was fifteen.

During the five months of chemo that followed, Raphaël was introduced to former Canadiens captain Saku Koivu, who had also beaten the same disease back in 2001. They met (see the photo

below) and Raphaël was inspired to start raising funds for cancer research. After getting his father's business friends on board, the $4000 he raised at his school was matched with an astounding $50,000 he raised though various corporate sponsors.

Raphaël has appeared on TV as the subject of news stories for both the CTV National News and the Radio Canada News, and was also part of a Hockey Night in Canada story about the Saku Koivu Foundation. All video clips can be seen from the links at the bottom of this page.

The latest initiative for Raphaël, who has been cancer-free since March 2007, is riding in the Tour de Lance event where cyclists get to ride with Lance Armstrong providing they have raised a minimum of $25,000. The amount should prove no problem for him as he has already raised just under $100,000 in previous fundraising efforts for such various MUHC cancer-related initiatives such as the Sarah Cook Fund of the Cedars Cancer Institute for Children and the Pedal for Kids Ride, a week-long event that raises money for The Montreal Children’s Hospital Foundation.

Find out more on Raphaël Leclaire with the photos and links below.


PHOTOS


From 2007, Raphaël (at right) is seen with Saku Koivu, former captain of the Montreal Canadiens



ARTICLE LINKS

July 2009 article on Raphaël from The Suburban


Older stories from 2007:

In the Gazette           In La Presse

 

VIDEO LINKS

Story on Raphaël from the CTV National News

Raphaël appears in HNIC feature on the Saku Koivu Foundation

Story about Raphaël on the French news (Radio Canada)

 

MORE ABOUT RAPHAËL'S PAST FUNDRAISING INITIATIVES

Sarah Cook Fund                 Pedal for Kids Ride

Saku Koivu Foundation          Cedars Tour de Lance


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