Astronaut Steve MacLean patron of the 7th National Conference to Defeat cancer
Astronaut and former Canadian Space Agency President Steve MacLean will be the patron of the 7th National Conference to Defeat Cancer, scheduled to be held in Montreal, on April 9-10, 2015.
In making this announcement, the President of Coalition Priorité Cancer au Québec, Nathalie Rodrigue, T.M., said she was delighted with the participation of Steve MacLean “who will shed some light on a lesser-known facet of the battle against cancer”.
During his space flight training sessions, Steve MacLean took part in numerous cancer studies, focusing specifically on leukemia. Over the years, many scientific studies conducted in space have led to the development of concrete applications for improving medical practices, including some in oncology. As a matter of fact, Steve continues to pursue his research work.
“I am very proud to be the patron of the 7th National Conference to Defeat Cancer, as its theme “Get involved in your health, invest in your community” appeals to me. It speaks of an involvement that reminds me of life in space,” explains Steve. “When you see the earth, atmosphere and universe as one, you realize that the earth has been the same for millions of years and will remain so for millions of years to come. We feel we are going to be around a long time still, and this gives humanity a great deal of hope. The same goes for cancer. More than ever, we have to maintain hope, since there are more survivors today than there were in preceding generations. As a result, we believe we will survive disease longer, owing to major advances in cancer research, both in space and on earth,” points out the astronaut.
“Get involved in your health, invest in your community”
Using this theme, the 7th National Conference to Defeat Cancer seeks to convey the message that patients have to take charge of their health and also get involved to preserve their health and social services system and become its leading partners. The battle against cancer can only be won through the synergy of everyone involved: professionals, patients and patient groups, informal caregivers, community organizations, public institutions and healthcare professionals. For Steve MacLean, “as in any space mission, life and survival depend on team work.”