Hello everyone,

Since Sunday’s tragic accident on the Ride to Conquer Cancer, the BC Cancer Foundation has been working to support Xavier Pelletier’s family and to honour his commitment to cancer research.

The BC Cancer Agency Vancouver Island Centre is home to Canada’s only high school internship program. As a high school student who knew the meaning of giving back, it seemed only fitting for the BC Cancer Foundation to endow this program as The Xavier Pelletier High School Internship Program . The Pelletier family is appreciative to have this program honour Xavier’s memory.

Taking place inside the research laboratories at the BC Cancer Agency in Victoria, the Xavier Pelletier High School Internship Program offers young scientists opportunities to work directly with renowned researchers who are discovering cures and improving the lives of those living with cancer. Now in its tenth year, this program is truly unique and allows high school students to explore cancer research from the front lines and learn the latest investigative techniques. Many graduates of this program go on to promising careers in the field of cancer research.

The Xavier Pelletier High School Internship Program will annually select and train some of Vancouver Island’s most exceptional Grade 11 students for a summer of learning and work experience at the BC Cancer Agency Vancouver Island Centre. The program will continue to serve as a reminder of the difference young people can make in helping create a world free from cancer.

Doug

-30-

Media contact:

            Allison Colina, Communications Specialist
            t. 604-707-5934
            e. allison.colina@bccancer.bc.ca



June 17, 2013

On behalf of Xavier Pelletier’s family:

“We are heartbroken to share the news that yesterday morning we lost our much loved family member Xavier Pelletier in a tragic accident during the Ride to Conquer Cancer. 
 
At 16 years of age, Xavier was a talented young athlete who died riding in support of his uncle who is a cancer survivor. A gentle soul, he was passionate about cycling and cared deeply for his family, friends and community. 
 
On behalf of our family, we would like to express our heartfelt appreciation to the many who attended the scene including: first responders, Arlington (WA) police and fire services, volunteers, and fellow riders, who compassionately came to Xavier’s aid. Their immediate support and tireless efforts give us comfort in the knowledge that nothing more could have been done to save his young life. 
 
We respectfully request privacy as we grieve the loss of a son, brother, nephew, grandson and friend who touched all of our hearts deeply. In lieu of flowers, please send any gifts in support of the Ride to Conquer Cancer through the BC Cancer Foundation". 
 
 
- Nigel Halsted, on behalf of Xavier Pelletier’s family