For the third edition of its Children Without Cancer City race, Imagine for Margo is raising 220,000 euros

After a three-year absence due to Coronavirus, the Children Without Cancer City race was back this Thursday in the La Dรฉfense business district to the delight of its organizer, the Imagine for Margo Association. “We are delighted to be back. Businesses have been heavily mobilized, just as much as in 2019, even though we started a little from scratch,” said Patricia Blanc, president and founder of the association but above all the mother of Margo, who died of a brain tumor on June 7, 2010. at the age of 14.

For this third edition, Imagine for Margo was able to mobilize around forty companies (KPMG, Deloitte, Astra Zeneca, OFI Asset Management, Eudonet or Bureau Veritas), which put well over a thousand runners and walkers on the starting line. The goal for all participants was to complete two or four 2.5 kilometer long loops around the Grande Arche, where its forecourt runs through the Jardin de l’Arche and especially in the heart of Paris La Dรฉfense Arena.

A call for solidarity and a sporting challenge that Tristan and Thibaut, two Deloitte colleagues, did not hesitate for a moment. “It was a very good race. There was a really good atmosphere,” said Tristan, who especially enjoyed his little ride in the arena four times. Everything went really well “, adds Thibaut. “It was amazing, it was a challenge for me, and what’s more, it’s for a good cause,” said Aminata, a Bureau Veritas employee who ran with about fifty of her colleagues.

Enough for the association to raise nearly 220,000 euros donated to the Gustave Roussy Institute. The association thus intends to use all the funds raised for its “Sacha” project to ensure children safe access to medicine outside of clinical trials. “It will make it possible to better monitor all these children, to better understand the disease and to better target treatments,” says Patricia Blanc.

“Thanks to the great support of Imagine for Margo, we are accelerating and expanding access to innovation for all children and adolescents with cancer with the aim of increasing their chances of cure,” says Professor Gilles Vassal of the Gustave Roussy Institute.

“Since the association’s inception, we have raised 15 million euros,” explains Olivier Blanc, treasurer of the association and Margos’ father. The association Imagine for Margo was founded in 2011 by Margo’s parents, after her death. Throughout their illness, the couple discovered with horror and grief that cancer research was mainly focused on cancers in adults, with pediatric cancers being considered by the healthcare industry as rare and unprofitable diseases. To get things moving, the couple made this the battle of their lives, so Margos’ disappearance would no longer be a death knell for other sick children.

For a decade, Imagine for Margo has been able to fund thirty-five groundbreaking research programs that enable more than 3,000 children to benefit from innovative and personalized treatments in Europe.

The event ended with a beautiful tribute to Margo. A little girl dropped a balloon into the sky of the business district while the participants in the race each held their blue cardboard butterfly (the association’s emblem) up to the music “Imagine” by John Lennon, Margos and her parents’ battle anthem.

Following the success of this release, Imagine for Margo is already making a deal for a fourth race next year, still in the forefront of La Dรฉfense. Meanwhile, the association will host the eleventh edition of its second race on September 25 at the Parc de Saint-Cloud.

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