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Local family trekking to PEI to raise funds to fight cancer

Many Peace region families will load up the camper and hit the road soon but for the Lefebvre Family this summer vacation is all about giving back. The family of six will be travelling in a motorhome but the plan is for Dad Jimmy Lefebvre to make most of the more than 5,500 kilometer journey by foot.

Lefebvre is leading the way on the “Can-Survive Walk” that will take him and his family all the way to PEI. He says planning a trip that distance can come with some surprising challenges.

“Apparently Google says it only takes about 48 days but apparently they’re walking 24 hours. When I first originally planned we weren’t leaving until about July. So we had to add on a little bit of time because I figured out where the flaw in the calculation was.”

Lefebvre says he knows a number of people who have battled through cancer and wanted to find a way to support them. He says it hit close to home though when his father was diagnosed.

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“We lost Dad back in 2016 so what the intention is is we’re walking from Mom and Dad’s house in Grande Prairie all the way to where we laid Dad to rest in Prince Edward Island. [We have] the intention of arriving on August 31 which is Dad’s 72 birthday.”

So far The L Foundation has raised nearly $4,000. Lefebvre says that’s only a small portion of their lofty $100 million goal.

“It’s not just a once and done event. What the intention is we build a foundation and the foundation is now going to continue distributing and funding projects to help those on their battle with cancer and as well as with awareness and education.”

Lefebvre does say he hopes to hit that $100 million mark during his journey across Canada this summer. The family will also be posting regular updates on their Facebook page where Jimmy Lefebvre has already been posting videos from his treadmill documenting his training and preparations.

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