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Youth running for cancer research

Dyllan Duperron

Dyllan Duperron


Dyllan Duperron

Dyllan Duperron

An Alberta youth on a solo cancer run stopped overnight in Fort Macleod last week after the first leg of his journey was cut short because of strong winds.
Valleyview Grade 10 student Dyllan Duperron, who left Lethbridge on Monday, March 14, battled a strong westerly wind as far as Monarch before deciding it was enough for one day.
“It was right in my face all the way,” the 15-year-old said.
Duperron, who is being accompanied by his mother Boni Duperron, drove into Fort Macleod and stayed overnight at the Red Coat Inn hoping the wind would subside next day.
“Every time a transport went by it almost blew him off the road,” Duperron said.
They started out from Monarch again the following day heading up Highway 23.
“It was a much better day; no wind,” said Duperron, who follows along in the car. “We got lots of waves, thumbs up and horns honking as people passed. We were even stopped and handed a monetary donation.”
For over a year, Dyllan had been mulling over some way to show his personal support for the struggle against the strong cancer headwind the family has been fighting.
“Not only has our family been struck with cancer, but his uncle Romeo passed away three years ago because of brain cancer,” Boni Duperron said. “This is Dyllan’s way of showing support.”
“I’m very proud of him,” Boni Duperron added. “It’s a big first for him. It’s pretty amazing for a 15-year-old to come up with an idea like this all on his own.”
“I’ve been thinking about it since last spring,” Dyllan said. “My great uncle Romeo . . . he was a good man.”
Other family members have succumbed to cancer as well, Dyllan explained.
“My great grandmother died of pancreatic cancer. My great grandfather died of lung cancer.”
There have also been some cancer survivors in the family, he added.
“My grandma and grandpa are both survivors of cancer. And my Aunt Colette is also a recent cancer survivor.”
Dyllan started the run — he calls it Today’s Hope, Tomorrow’s Cure — from the Jack Ady Cancer Centre in Lethbridge.
With a leave of absence from classes at Hillside high school in Valleyview, and armed with enough homework to keep him for a couple of months, Dyllan will keep in touch with teachers en route for help and updates.
Dyllan is aiming to cross the finish line in Grande Prairie at the end of May.
“But I’ve set a personal goal for myself to finish by the end of April,” Dyllan said.
People interested in supporting Dyllan’s cause can do so at hopeforcure.info, or at the Dyllan Duperron trust account at ATB. All proceeds go to the Alberta Cancer Foundation.

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