15 Minutes of Fame

I’m sure you’ve heard the saying everyone gets 15 minutes of fame, well here’s mine. The only thing is that I’m already dead. My name is Durwin John Cadeau, I am 26 and I have ALS, Lou Gehrig’s disease. Maybe 15 minutes from now lots of people will have read this and my story will help make more people aware of ALS. I had a funny feeling from the first time I had a cramp in my leg that it was ALS. I remember telling my mom I had cramps and when I started limping on my right leg she would always say, “It can’t be ALS you’re only 26.” You see ALS runs in my family, my grandma, one of my aunts and two of my uncles all died from ALS. I also have an aunt living with ALS right now. My mom thought I was too young and I guess she was praying that I would not have it.

After seeing several different doctors in Timmins, and running lots of different tests, almost everything but ALS has been ruled out. I am scheduled for an appointment with an ALS specialist in southern Ontario who is the head of ALS [...] continue the story

The Truth of It: Dave

Dave worked as a locomotive engineer for Canadian Pacific Rail. He is married and is a father and grandfather. He was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2008.

Dave passed away in January 2010

The Truth of It: Geoff

Geoff is the founder of Young Adult Cancer Canada (YACC). He is married and has two young girls. He was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia at the age of 22 and had a recurrence at the age of 25.