Gillian Berthelot

Gillian Berthelot

October 13th, 2001 -June 23rd, 2010

  • Hometown: Whitby, Ontario
  • Year of Diagnosis: 2009
  • Diagnosis: Rhabdomyosarcoma

“Her contagious smile and love of life were a gift to us all.  Let her memory shine through as a rainbow in our hearts”.

Gillian “Gillie Beans”  Berthelot was a crazy little girl with an infectious smile and an incredible zest for life!  She was energetic, always positive and happy to help others.  She was goofy, funny and an amazing big sister and  a friend to everyone.  She loved rainbows, dolphins, pandas, butterflies and ALL things Sugar!!  Gillian was often caught sneaking cookies or candies!

Gillian loved Camp Ooch and everything it represented.  She learned to tell time in the hospital so she could go to Ooch evening programs.  She was a crafting machine, always doing crafts, singing a song or performing a show she had created.

Everyday Gillian continued to amaze us, she had a lot to pack into 8 short years and  everyday was an adventure.  She didn’t have time to have cancer, and treatments barely slowed her down.  She went to school as much as possible, and that’s where she wanted to be.  She came out of surgery like a rock star and bounced right into the next adventure.  She faced challenges with a smile, a giggle, and often a song!  She taught us all how to live, how to love, how to appreciate and celebrate the small and simple things in life.  Gillian inspired and touched the lives of so many people of all ages.   She continues to inspire others and make us proud.   Gillian did cancer well…..but cancer didn’t do her well.

Connection to Coast to Coast:  We have been involved in the Inside Ride for the past 3 years.  We share with our community, family and friends our passion for Pediatric cancer research and the  amazing work that Coast To Coast does for Pediatric cancer programming and research.  Thank-you to all of the riders, and volunteers for your commitment to improving the lives of children affected by cancer and their families.

Our Featured Ambassador

This is Josh Nelson – a childhood cancer survivor. He knows about facing all the challenges of childhood cancer:

“I know first-hand how it feels to be a prisoner in the hospital and endure the surgeries and the endless needles and treatments. I know how it feels to lose my hair, throw up regularly and watch other kids around me earn their wings. I lost a part of my childhood that I will never get back. I know how it feels to look different and to be different. That’s something that I wouldn’t wish for any other kid to go through, and that is why I do what I do.”

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