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Yarmouth County cancer survivor says thanks

Medric Landry is challenging local churches and businesses to donate to the cause and make the Oct 22 fundraiser for the Gilles Boudreau & Friends Cancer Help Fund a success.
Medric Landry is challenging local churches and businesses to donate to the cause and make the Oct 22 fundraiser for the Gilles Boudreau & Friends Cancer Help Fund a success.

YARMOUTH -- A Yarmouth County resident who twice has battled cancer says he wanted to show his appreciation to those who helped him, which is why he decided to organize a benefit concert for the Gilles Boudreau & Friends Cancer Help Fund, a local charitable organization.

Scheduled for Oct. 22 at the Wedgeport legion hall, the concert is an initiative of Medric Landry, who recently was told he was cancer-free after being treated for rectal cancer.

Landry already was a cancer survivor prior to his diagnosis last fall. In 2004 he learned he had pancreatic cancer. He recalls that his chances of surviving the operation he underwent to deal with the disease weren’t good. Neither were his chances of living two more years, but he proceeded to beat the odds.

Landry, who returned to Yarmouth County a decade or so ago after spending six years working as a pastor in Moncton, believes strongly in the healing power of faith and prayer, but he also recognizes the efforts of doctors, nurses and others who work in health care. From his own experience, he was struck by how attentive and compassionate they were. He wanted to do something to express his thanks.

“Seeing the good that people had done for me, it was my turn to do something for them,” he said.

He decided to put on an event for the Gilles Boudreau organization, which gives financial assistance to Yarmouth County residents having to travel outside the area for cancer treatment. (Gilles Boudreau died of cancer in 2008.)

Scheduled for Sunday afternoon, Oct 22, the event at the legion hall in Wedgeport will include musical entertainment, rappie pie and fish chowder sales, tickets on various prizes donated by local businesses, a 50-50 draw and more.

Landry also is looking to have an open auction after the concert and says he would be grateful to any businesses that might like to contribute something for the auction.

Landry, 76, who lives in Amirault’s Hill – the village where he was born and raised – says he would like to see this fundraiser become an annual event.

He sees it as a chance to give back to those who were kind and helpful to him.

“You cannot truly love if you think only of yourself,” he said.

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