History

A CHALLENGE TO KEEP THE MEMORY OF EDGAR ALIVE

In 2006, Serge Tremblay, who is also the founder of the Leucan Shaved Head Challenge and Jean-François Perreault set up the first 12-Hour Ski Challenge event, presented by Ski Bromont. While planning this first edition, they had an influential and decisive meeting with the parents of Edgar Sirhan-Gibson, a cancer-stricken child.

After the event’s first edition, the Organizing Committee—made up of Mia Sirhan, Thierry Gibson, Jocelyne Sirhan, Serge Tremblay, and Jean-François Perreault—decided to keep the memory of Edgar  alive, as he passed away at 18 months of age, by making the Leucan 12-Hour Ski Challenge an annual fundraising event in honour of this Leucan child.

Watch the testimonial of Edgar’s parents (in French only)

MANY CELEBRITIES SUPPORTED THE LEUCAN SKI CHALLENGE

  • Andréa Bédard in 2006 (Olympic Athlete in Giant Slalom and Canadian champion)
  • Stefie Shock who gave a concert down the slopes in 2007
  • Eric Salvail in 2008, 2009 and 2010
  • Joey Scarpellino in 2012, 2013

For Leucan’s 30th anniversary in 2009, Simple Plan also gave an outdoor concert at Ski Bromont.

THE LEUCAN SKI CHALLENGE: CONSTANTLY EVOLVING

 Statistics about the Leucan Ski Challenge
YEARS PARTICIPANTS AMOUNT RAISED MOUTAINS
2006 288 $58,122 Ski Bromont
2007 310 $79,685 Ski Bromont
2008 696 $185,000 Ski Bromont
2009 1258 $350,000 Ski Bromont, Chatecler and Stoneham Mountain Resort
2010 1640 $460,000 Ski Bromont, Chantecler, Stoneham Mountain Resort, Mont Cascades, Mont Lac-Vert and Mont-Vidéo
2011 2228 $610,000 Ski Bromont, Stoneham Moutain Resort, Mont Cascades, Mont Lac-Vert, Mont-Vidéo and Vallée du Parc
2012 2785 $723,000 Ski Bromont, Chantecler, Stoneham Mountain Resort, Mont Lac-Vert, Mont-Vidéo and Vallée du Parc
2013 2660 $778, 000 Ski Bromont, Stoneham Mountain Resort, Mont Lac-Vert, Mont-Vidéo and Vallée du Parc
2014 2236 $720, 000

Ski Bromont, Station touristique Stoneham, Mont Lac-Vert, Mont-Vidéo et Vallée du Parc

 

THE STORY OF A LITTLE BOY NAMED EDGAR (AS TOLD BY HIS PARENTS)

” When Edgar was born, he was perfect: two eyes, two ears, two arms, ten fingers, two legs, two feet and ten toes. He had everything to live a full life…so we thought. We saw the future with him: skiing, his first day of school, his first girlfriend, even the children he would someday have. But all these dreams crumbled on August 23, 2005, when we learned that Edgar had cancer. He was only 11 months old. We realized that day that drama can strike anyone at any time.

The months following the diagnosis of this horrible disease were extremely difficult for him…and for us. The doctors tried every treatment available to cure his cancer. Unfortunately, they could not save his life. On March 18, 2006, Edgar became an angel at the tender age of 18 months.

Our story says how important it is to give money for the advancement of science and to support families who must face such an ordeal. Event though, the medical world evolves quickly, the existing treatments, equipment and medications are not enough to treat and save the lives of all our children.

Whether you give $5, $10, $20, $40, $100, the amount does not matter because each dollar counts! Join in and give according to your budget, ask your friends and family to give to the 12-hour Ski Challenge. Together, we can help save lives and support families of children with cancer.

It’s in Edgars memory that we will be skiing again this year, not only was he our motivation to initiate the Leucan 12-Hour Ski Challenge, but also to continue supporting the families, who like us, face the difficult reality of pediatric cancer.”