Jimmy Lefebvre has seen more than one family member and close friend go through cancer, none closer to him than his late father.
Seeing his loved ones battle the disease motivated him to try and raise 100-million-dollars by walking from his parents home in Grand Prairie Alberta to his father’s grave site in Prince Edward Island, almost 6000 kilometers away.
Lefevbre, who has his family with him passed through Regina on Monday, he walks eight hours a day and hopes to be in Indian Head Tuesday.
He said having his family right behind him is a huge motivator, especially when things get tough.
“It’s extremely motivating,” Lefebvre said. “Every now and then we’ve got two-way radios going back and forth, I get comments coming from my family and kids which is truly inspiring,” he added.
If that motivation wasn’t enough Jimmy saw his father battle cancer and eventually pass away.
“Sitting there watching somebody that you love, I mean I’ve had multiple different family members go through it, lots of friends as well, some passed away some are still here fighting. It wasn’t until I seen the effects first hand with my own father, it really hit home for me and spurred me to want to do something,” Lefebvre said.
He added the Terry Fox Monument in Thunder Bay will be a highlight of his journey.
“I’m absolutely thrilled to have the opportunity to come up to Thunder Bay and see the Terry Fox Memorial. What he did as an amputee and with cancer himself it was absolutely mind-blowing,” said Lefebvre.
Donations can be made at www.theLfoundation.ca.