Anything that involves the word “cross-country” is usually a pretty difficult undertaking, whether it’s crosscountry track, cross-country skiing, or simply driving cross-country.
Walking cross-country probably takes the cake, especially when that country is Canada. But one bereaved son from Alberta did just that to honor his late father.
After his dad passed away from stage-3 lung cancer in 2016, Jimmy Lefebvre made the decision to make the trek.
“I knew I wanted to do something. I just didn’t know what it was at the time,” Lefebvre told Global News
Lefebvre’s family, including his wife, mom, and three of his kids, started out in Grande Prairie, Alta. and made their way across the Great White North to St. Louis, P.E.I., a 5,716 kilomoter trip that took 123 days. They targeted 40 kilometers a day and sometimes reaching 60km on some of their longest stretches.
Jimmy decided to tackle the endeavor to honor his hero, Simon, whose illness and death took a big toll on him.
“Just watching as a boy, your dad’s sort of that hero, that role model, that father-figure,” he said. “Watching your hero almost wither away to nothing was quite eye-opening.”
His goal was not only to honor his father, but to raise awareness of cancer and raise money for The L Foundation, where it will go towards research, awareness, and education about healthy living.
Jimmy’s mother, and Simon’s wife, is hoping the long walk proves therapeutic for her son. “I’m hoping this will help him heal and help him put a closure to the last two years that he’s had of dealing with his father’s death.”
The trek ended on August 31st, which just so happens to be Simon Lefebvre’s birthday. He would have been 72.