Marc Normandeau Spin-O-Thon seeking riders 

Marc Normandeau wearing a #MarcStrong bracelet, is ready to face the future. (Photo courtesy of Marc Normandeau)

Event raising money for leukemia research

As Saint Lazare resident Marc Normandeau awoke in the hospital Thursday on what he called “Day 0”  – the day he began receiving a hopefully lifesaving bone marrow transplant – organizers hosting a spinning event taking place next weekend at a Vaudreuil-Dorion gym continued working to sign participants to raise money in Normandeau’s name, and as part of a Team in Training effort.

The April 26 Marc Normandeau Spin-O-Thon being held from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Physical Park, 395 Joseph Carrier, will raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada.

The event will see people participate in 30-minute spinning session blocks. One block can be booked for a $20 per block donation.

Physical Park spinning instructor Anna Kissenbeck said participants do not have to be club members in order to participate in the event. And they don’t have to be experienced spinning participants. You simply need to be able to sit on a stationary bicycle and pedal, she explained.

Kissenbeck is also encouraging individuals, groups, municipalities or companies to form teams to share the ride for the duration of the event, or to ride together.

All will benefit research into the cancer Normandeau is fighting.

The 20-year-old Saint Lazare man who is well known in the community is fighting Leukemia for the third time in his life. Sadly, his father passed away last summer from Leukemia.

Normandeau learned last December, one day shy of his 20th birthday, that the cancer he’d battled when he was 4-years-old, and again at 13, had returned.

He remains determined to beat the disease and give his family the hope they seek.

In a post made to his Facebook page Thursday, Normandeau said he welcomed what is expected to be a long treatment process. ‘As a transplant patient, there is no previewed date for getting out of the hospital and starting my full recovery, it all depends on how my body reacts in the next days-weeks…I have too much to live for, too many things to accomplish and too many things to give back after all of this is all done. Let’s get it started with Day 0 today. I know my pops is watching over me today and is driving me towards my goal, always in my heart.’

To register for the Marc Normandeau Spin-O-Thon at Physical Park, to donate, or for more information call 450 424-9199, or book online at



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