Community Jul 26, 2018 by Laurie Weir Perth Courier
Jimmy Lefebvre watched his father die from cancer two years ago, and in May, he started a fundraising walk for the cause.
The Alberta man, along with his wife Kristie, and their three children: twins Kayden and Kallyn, 8, and their nine-year-old daughter Dylan, set out on a 5,100 Can-Survive Walk from Grand Prairie on May 1. They’ll end up in Prince Edward Island — at Lefebvre’s father’s gravesite — on Aug. 31.
The Lefebvre Foundation received a $250 from the Perth Blue Wings on July 26 as Jimmy Lefebvre made his way through Perth on his walk across Canada raising money for cancer research. He is pictured with children Kayden, Dylan and Kallyn, along with Michael McLean, owner of the Perth Blue Wings. – Laurie Weir/Metroland[/caption]
On Wednesday, July 25, the family made it to Perth where they stayed overnight with Michael McLean and his wife Krista Hearty McLean and their young daughter Emery. The old friends, (McLean said they met through the insurance business) had a chance to catch up.
McLean made donations to the Lefebvre Foundation of $250 each from the Perth Blue Wings junior hockey club, and from his Father and Son Barber Shop in Perth.
“It’s been fantastic so far; we’ve been 86 days on the road,” Lefebvre said on Thursday, July 26 before heading out on route to Smiths Falls, then to stay overnight in Merrickville. “It’s been going really good. We’ve spent some time with some good friends, and got to enjoy the Perth life.”
Having a shave and a haircut was a highlight for Lefebvre, who has been walking about 46 kilometres a day. He’s already gone through five pairs of shoes — Asics are his favourite; New Balance a close second. He said he’ll go through 11 pairs of shoes on this journey.
This week, he had a bit of a break though, spending time on the water with the McLeans.
“These guys are intense on their journey,” McLean said. “They’re in bed, exhausted, at the end of the day — which is usually by 8 p.m. They have some great stories though.”
The tough part for Lefebvre has been overcoming his own boundaries.
“There are a lot of self-imposed limits that I put on myself in the past; I don’t think I’m the only one,” he said when he talks about what he has learned about himself over the past 86 days. “When I find ways to be able to push through those limits, physically and mentally …”