After her own diagnosis, Marie-Anne credits CNETS Canada with making a difference in providing information and support that changed the course of her life. Almost immediately, as Marie-Anne felt the impact of CNETS Canada, she made an effort to contribute in any way possible to help others feel the same impact. Marie-Anne is one of most active members of the Montreal CNETS Canada Support Group. The difference CNETS Canada made for Marie-Anne motivated her to be a key contributing member, doing many things behind the scenes to help the group.
This year, Marie-Anne took on the task of organizing a the First French NET Patient Education Day, held in April 2018. The effort and commitment that was required to pull off this event was incredible, but Marie-Anne did not shy away from the challenge. She was motivated by knowing the impact the event would have on so many French speaking NET patients. The promotion of the event, often going in-person to individual cancer centres, made a significant difference in raising awareness of NETs and CNETS Canada.
Almost 100 patients and caregivers attended the French NET Patient Education Day. The day itself was executed with professionalism and caring – the perfect combination. From her opening words, Marie-Anne made it clear that CNETS Canada was a place to find education, support and hope in the battle against NETs.
The success of the French Patient Education Day motivated Marie-Anne to continue to raise awareness of CNETS Canada. The following weekend, Marie-Anne participated in the Scotiabank Charity Challenge, helping Team Zebra Montreal raise over 5K for NET cancer research in Canada. Marie-Anne overcame the physical challenge of walking 5k – she did it with her cane, her smile, and her laugh!
Marie-Anne also continues to care for and support other NET patients. The caring, hope, and support Marie-Anne shows other patients comes from that same spirit that motivates her to do whatever she can for the NET community. A champion for the NET community, Marie-Anne has already started the planning for an even bigger French NET Patient Education Day in 2019!