Superheroes set to walk in support of brain cancer research

Vivienne Nadeau poses in her superhero gear at a recent event held at Ecole Les Rapide. Nadeau is the big sister to Lucien, whose battle with cancer has inspired a Superhero Walk to be held at Mike Weir Park on June 4. Submitted Photo

Tara Jeffrey

Inspired by a courageous little boy named Lucien, an upcoming “Superhero Walk” in Bright’s Grove is set to conquer brain cancer, one dollar at a time.

“We wanted to do something fun, with a superhero concept,” said Nadine Daye, who’s organizing the inaugural event to be held June 4 at Mike Weir Park.

Families are invited to strap on their capes and walk/run/bike/scooter and take part in a slew of activities, while raising funds to support brain cancer research.

The event was inspired by Lucien Nadeau, the Sarnia boy who was diagnosed with a brain tumour in December 2016. His public battle drew attention from an entire community whose donations and support have helped the family get through difficult struggle.

Daye is the first cousin of Stephan Nadeau, Lucien’s father.

“It’s about raising money and awareness, but also, a chance for the Nadeau family to give back to the community that has helped them so much,” said Daye.

Funds raised from the event, supported by the Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada and Brain Canada, will go toward a crucial pediatric brain cancer impact grant, said Daye, pointing to the most extensive research project in 35 years.

“They are looking at improving the quality of life for children, during and after their treatment,” she said. “All pledges are being matched dollar for dollar.”

The event will include family yoga, superhero mask-making, a photo booth, barbeque, and a visit from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles — Nadeau’s favourite characters.

“As of now, he’s lost most of his vision,” Daye said of Lucien, who was diagnosed with stage 4 glioblastoma following surgery to remove a grapefruit-sized tumour.

Brain tumours are the leading cause of solid cancer death in children under the age of 20, according to the Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada.

“It’s tough on everybody,” Daye said. “But kids are so resilient.”

IF YOU GO:

WHAT: Conquer Cancer Superhero Walk

WHERE: Mike Weir Park, Bright’s Grove

WHEN: Sunday June 4, 10 a.m.

DETAILS: For more info, email luv4lucienwalk@gmail.com