On Friday, June 18th, Steph Poulin shaved his head for the 10th edition of the Defi Tete Rasees. The Tete Rasees raises much needed funds for Leucan, and Steph graciously did his part in Riley's memory. Laurie and Steph brought along Miss Olivia to cheer on Dad!
Leucan is an association that grew out of the link between parents of cancer-stricken children and healthcare professionals. Since its foundation in 1978, its mission has been to enhance the well-being, healing and recovery of children with cancer and ensure support for their families. Leucan plays a key role in pediatric oncology, working jointly with collaborators in the field, while using a comprehensive approach to care.
Each week, a massage therapist, Traci, provided by Leucan, would visit Riley during much of his 9 month admission. We looked forward to her visits as she provided comfort to Riley, and adult conversation to me. It was a joy having her come by our room.
I met Steph through his now wife, Laurie. While I went to high school with Laurie, we only became close when our adventures at The Montreal Children's Hospital began... she was our first nurse when we were admitted to 8D, the Haematology-Oncology Unit. She was there through everything, and for that I am eternally grateful. I am proud to call Laurie and Steph friends.