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Alberta man raising money for cancer by walking across the country

Jimmy Lefebvre has started his journey to walk across Canada in order to raise money for cancer, after his father passed away from lung cancer in 2016.

“It wasn’t until my father was diagnosed and passed away. Watching somebody potentially wither away to nothing while passing away kind of spurred me on and lead me down a path of wanting to do something.”

Lefebvre started the “Can-Survive Walk” on May 1 in Grand Prairie and is currently on his 16 day of the walk that has landed him in Lloydminster. He has walked a little over 600 km to date with 107 days left to go of the 57,016 km journey.

“The reasons for the locations is from mom and dad’s house in Grand Prairie all the way to dad’s grave site where we laid him to rest last summer just outside of St. Louis, Prince Edward Island.”

Along the walk Lefebvre is raising money for cancer research through his foundation on CanadaHelps and raising awareness in every town he passes by. So far the campaign has raised a little over $10,000.

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“If I can inspire at least one person to get off the couch and live a healthier lifestyle then it’s a big win for me. However some of the things we want to accomplish is at the end of the day trying to eliminate cancer.”

People can follow along his journey on the foundation’s Facebook page.

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