One of the benefits of having cancer (and I know that sounds like a contradiction in terms) is that you meet some wonderful people, even if along a difficult journey. One of these people is Paul Balthazard, a fellow leukemia patient, who I met shortly after he was diagnosed in May, 2008, also with acute leukemia. Paul was also treated at Maisonneuve-Rosemont Hospital, where he received a transplant on October 24th, 2008 from an unrelated donor who was found through the bone marrow registry. Paul is not only well on his road to recovery but as you can see from the photo above, was an extremely happy and proud torch bearer for this year's winter Olympic games. Bravo Paul!
Paul and I are working closely together to raise money for HMR, and Paul plans to join me for a couple of weeks during my cycle trip.