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My name is Cédric. I’m five years old, and I have Acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Since I’m only five, I asked my parents, Jolyne and Jérémie, to help me write this letter to you today. Even if it’s written in big people’s words, this is my story, and I want to share it with you.

I found out I have leukemia on September 25, 2014, when I was three years old. You might think it’s easier to find out you’re sick when you’re little, because you don’t really understand what’s happening, but that isn’t true at all. For me, having leukemia means I have to spend a lot of time in the hospital, away from my friends, my toys and my house. It also means a lot of injections!

I want you to know something: when I go to the Dr.-Léon-Richard Oncology Centre and to the Pediatric Unit, I am welcomed by people who are nice, generous, and who really want to help me get better. Every time I go, they encourage me, smile at me, and make me laugh. It helps me forget a little about the pain and long hours I have to spend at the hospital.

I don’t want you to feel bad for me and my parents. I don’t want to make you cry either—because I’d much rather laugh than cry! But I do want you to know that I am treated very well at the Oncology Centre, and my parents and I have hope that I will get better. I am in remission now, and I hope I will continue to get better.

At the Dr.-Léon-Richard Oncology Centre, your donations go a long way. Even in my little five-year-old heart, I understand what it means to be generous. I understand that by giving to the Tree of Hope Campaign, you’re helping people like me get better care. I know that when I grow up, I will understand the importance of donating to the Tree of Hope Campaign even better.

When you’re five years old, you have a lot of heros. Batman and Spider-Man are pretty awesome, but for me the real heros are the people who help me get better, and the people working to improve leukemia treatments. You can be a hero too, by supporting the Tree of Hope Campaign and participating in the fight against cancer.

When I read this letter again in five or ten years, I know I will understand the importance of the Tree of Hope Campaign even better, and I’ll know how lucky I am to have your support. Even at five years old, I know we can accomplish great things together. Thank you very much for your help and thank you for supporting the Tree of Hope Campaign.

PS: As you can see below, I had a lot of fun taking pictures with our Co-Chairs, Robert Maillet and Denis Richard!

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