From reconsidering beauty standards to inspiring young students and a clothing line designed for children with achondroplasia, here are 10 inspiring stories Global News covered in Montreal this year:
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When Nalie Agustin was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 24, she felt like her world was crumbling around her.
“You try to find anyone who’s like you, you click on all the hashtags of women living with breast cancer.”
“We didn’t think too much about the future or too much about the past because it was too painful and I think that helped us get through it.”
One Montreal family is asking the public to perform random acts of kindness as a way to remember their daughter, Lauren, who passed away from a rare illness.
Helping vulnerable seniors
“I feel gratitude that I have the opportunity to actually do this I feel blessed to be able to help others.”
After suffering a setback in the corporate world, Franca Sparapani decided to work to enrich her community and comfort to some of the most vulnerable seniors in her community.
Loïc-Hélène Gros-Desormeaux reflects on her son’s life, and the difficult decision she made to donate his organs after a tragic accident.
Oli & Bou
“We quickly realized that everything that we took for granted, he would have to fight for.”
Children with achondroplasia, or dwarfism, struggle to find clothes that fit properly, but one Montreal family is trying to change that with their company, Oli & Bou.
Helping Montreal’s youth
“Kids can learn kids can succeed not just academically but in life.”
Gabriel Bran Lopez created a youth fusion group to lend a helping hand to students across the province.
“Most people find it hard to believe that you treat an illness like this with things you’d find at a grocery store.”
A three-year-old Côte Saint-Luc girl has entered a contest to win protein that is usually used by bodybuilders – the difference is that she needs it to stay alive.
Running to Subban
“I am proud of my students who are being physically active. It helps them be more attentive in class.”
A Grade 4 teacher at Pierre Elliott Trudeau Elementary School in Vaudreuil is encouraging her students to exercise together so they can better concentrate in class.
READ THE STORY: Vaudreuil students ‘running’ to Nashville to see P.K. Subban
Reconsidering beauty standards
“The salesman was pointing to my face and asking me to worry about my face, worry about how I look.”
Exhausted and anxious to see her children, Annick Robinson was heading home to Montreal when a salesperson at a beauty kiosk called out to her.
READ THE STORY: Montreal woman wants you to reconsider your beauty standards
Fighting for his life
“I can’t help but be filled with all sorts of emotions: anger, sadness, fear, love but most importantly hope.”
Matthew Schreindorfer, the Laval man who raised almost $1 million for experimental cancer treatment in New York in 2014, is still fighting for his life – now needing $700,000 for treatment in Seattle.