{"view":"
\r\n
\r\n
\r\n <\/i><\/a>\r\n \t\r\n
\r\n\t
\r\n\t\t

Benoit St-Amand<\/h3>\r\n\t\t

Para-Olympian, cured of osteosarcoma.<\/h4>\r\n\t<\/div>\r\n\t
\r\n\t\t
\r\n\t\t\t\t\t\"\"\t\t\t\t

Stories of children and their loved ones<\/p>\r\n\t\t<\/div>\r\n\t\t

April 19, 1993, the day of my 15th birthday, will remain etched in my memory forever.<\/span><\/strong> This is the day it all began for me.<\/span><\/span><\/p>\n

\n
\n
\n
\n
\n

At the age of 15, being told that I had bone cancer, that I had a high risk of losing my leg and that my life was in danger, was not the “birthday gift” I had hoped for.Benoit<\/span><\/div>\n<\/div>\n<\/div>\n<\/div>\n

\n
\n

\"\"<\/p>\n

Benoit at the hospital in 1993.<\/p>\n<\/div>\n<\/div>\n<\/div><\/div>\n<\/p>\n

With the support of my family, I was able to get through this tough time despite the slim chances of surviving osteosarcoma.<\/span><\/span> Since then, the chances of healing have been increasing year by year, thanks to research, which is so important.<\/span><\/span><\/strong> Feeling so much support from family, friends and specialists gives us confidence and determination to fight the disease.<\/span><\/span><\/p>\n

\n
\n
\n

\"\"<\/p>\n

Benoit in 2014.<\/p>\n<\/div>\n<\/div>\n<\/div>\n

\n
\n

Despite being cured, the disease left traces…<\/span><\/span> The loss of my leg is the most obvious, but also, the fact that I will never be able to have children naturally.<\/span> When I learned this, I felt like many of my dreams wouldn’t come true.<\/span><\/span><\/p>\n

Still, life has a way of surprising us, because today, two of my biggest dreams came true: first, I had the chance to participate in 3 Paralympic Games with the National Sledge Hockey Team<\/strong> where I<\/span> had the chance to win a gold medal (Turin 2006) and a bronze medal (Sochi 2014).<\/span><\/span><\/p>\n<\/div>\n<\/div><\/div>\n<\/p>\n

Finally, the most beautiful dream I realized is to have a wonderful family.<\/span><\/span> <\/span>My wife and I adopted our Vietnamese princess with whom we live happily.<\/span><\/span><\/strong><\/p>\n