Jacob Tourigny was a passionate downhill skier. He was first exposed to the 24h Tremblant in the winter of 2018 and seemed compelled by the cause it supported. Jacob always wanted to give back to others; he found that cancer is a very sad disease that must be fought. Inspired, Jacob suddenly asked his mother if he could start his own team next year to raise awareness for the disease. Little did he know at age 11 that he would not make it to the event’s next edition. Jacob lost his own battle with leukemia just over one week after his diagnosis this past February.
But the story doesn’t stop there. A few weeks after attending the 24h Tremblant last year, Jacob happened to visit the Charles-Bruneau Foundation with his classmates for a school project. There, he meets the founder, who tells the class about his own son’s story and sheds light on his battle with the disease. Proud to already know the Foundation through the 24h Tremblant, Jacob returns from this meeting even more motivated and determined to make a difference. Now, his family and friends are participating in 24h Tremblant in his honour and are looking to raise support where they can to help realize Jacob’s objective.
His mother, Karine Mainville, has recently broken her silence on her son’s death to drive funding to the Pierre-Bruneau Foundation, so stories like these do not happen again.
“I’m proud to show what my son Jacob wanted to accomplish, and we are here to help him cross the finish line. It’s Jacob’s legacy,” says Karine.
To celebrate his life and raise awareness in his honour, Jacob’s family and friends’ team “Jacob Strong” will be participating in this year’s edition. They are grateful for all and any support they can receive.
If you want to support Jacob’s team, or the organisation as a whole, please donate here. All profits go to funding medical and social organizations with the ultimate goal of seeing all children flourish and lead healthy lives.