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CUPE Community Builders profile: Rick Bujold

Jul 19, 2012 09:03 AM
 
Rick Bujold (second from right) and some of his team.

In the beginning, his struggle with cancer was purely personal. But Rick Bujold decided to widen his battle, with the help of his union.

"My life changed totally on October 20. I was at the wheel of my work vehicle and, for the first time in my life, I was seized with convulsions. I lost consciousness, and my vehicle hit a tree and crashed into a lamp post. I was lucky not to be seriously injured, and more importantly, I didn't hit anyone!" says Bujold, a City of Montreal employee and a member of CUPE 301.

After he was taken to hospital by ambulance, a scan revealed an enormous malignant tumour on the left side of his brain. He underwent two operations in a matter of days. Then he began 42 days of chemotherapy and 27 days of radiation, simultaneously.

Clearly, it was a difficult time."My battle is not over. But my battle is also that of all the children, women and men struggling with cancer. I decided to take a positive stand, with the support of my fellow workers."

Bujold learned that the Canadian Cancer Society was going to hold a march, the "Relay for Life", overnight on June 8 in Maisonneuve Park. So he formed a team of Montreal blue collar workers and became its captain. His little team of eleven workers made placards and solicited donations. They walked in the "Relay for Life" and raised $6,595 for the Canadian Cancer Society.

"I wanted to do something positive. It's amazing the support I got from my fellow Montreal blue collar workers, and my family as well. A big thank you to all the donors. I am truly grateful," says Bujold.