There is no age to learn solidarity and generosity, as demonstrated by two young elite hockey players 2010. Jacob Roberge and Noa Déry, eight years old, have indeed put their hair at a price to support their teammate and goalkeeper Victor Landry, who battles atypical leukemia. Their efforts helped donate $ 2195 to help their friend fight cancer.
E ntraîneur Elites 2010 and dad Jacob, Gino Roberge says that last November, the team learned the bad news about Victor. “The hockey community of Saguenay has therefore mobilized in recent months. In our team, two young people decided to raise money for Leucan and our goalkeeper who unfortunately could not be part of our team this year because of his illness, “says Gino Roberge.
The 2010 Elite Coach was impressed by the generosity to help young Victor, as the goal was doubled. “We had a goal of $ 1,000 and we raised $ 2,000. Donations came from all over, former Chicoutimi Saguenéens players who are in the American Hockey League, players from the National Hockey League (NHL) and NHL referee Justin Saint-Pierre, who is also involved. It’s beyond our expectations! ”
The two young players were in great mood before going under the “clipper”. The mischievous Jacob had not had his hair cut since the announcement of Victor’s illness in November. Neither he nor Noa shed a tear when the hair began to fall in front of thirty relatives and friends present at the event held in the lobby of the sports pavilion Kénogami.
It is also the young Victor who proceeded to shave the head of his two brave friends, with a certain skill elsewhere. Audrey Joncas of the Chicoutimi salon, the S @ lon, supervised the work and fine-tuned the shaving of the two pretty coconuts.
Victor’s parents, Karine Imbeau and Hugo Landry, were surprised at the extent of the gesture. “There was really incredible support for Victor, from school and family as well as from hockey,” said Karine Imbeau. Victor attended the EcolACTion (former Apostolic School) where there was also a rase-o-thon in favor of Leucan and Victor by ricochet.
For now, Victor can not go back to school because his immune system is not strong enough. However, the news has been good since the diagnosis fell and that is why he can occasionally make “saucettes” like Sunday’s.
After a first month of treatment in Quebec City, Victor was able to continue receiving treatment in Saguenay. “At first, we spent 32 days in Quebec City. Currently, we are at home and treatments are done once a week at the Chicoutimi hospital, “says his mother.
“Victor has atypical leukemia, which means that both types of childhood leukemia are present, lymphoblastic (LAL) (which is the most common form) and myeloblastic (AML). He had both, 70% lymphoblastic cells and 20% myeloblastic cells. Except that after the first treatment, he reacted well. We are on the Boston protocol for ALL and we have avoided transplantation and myeloblastic treatment. Things are going well. He responds very well to treatment and that’s why he was able to start hockey again in January when at the start it was not planned until March, “says Karine Imbeau, pointing out that Victor’s fitness has helped his cause.