The Connexion project: fly fishing for the well-being of young adults with cancer, is the recipient of one of the prestigious Excellence Award presented by the Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux. The award was presented during the annual conference of the Quebec Oncology Program on November 17th.
The Connexion project is a pilot project carried out in the context of a pandemic with fly fishing as the main activity. It also included a fly tying workshop, a day of hiking and a forest bathing activity. This seven-day intervention program was developed for young adults aged between 30 and 39 with cancer. This expedition took place in the wilderness on the North Shore, more precisely on the Escoumins River in July 2021.
The pandemic led the foundation to be creative and to push its limits. It is by pursuing its rigorous and methodological work that the organization has allowed the Connexion project to be born. This project fills a gap in services for young adults with cancer. There are very few programs for people in their 30s. Through a virtual questionnaire and an analysis of the scientific literature, the Foundation was able to paint a picture of the specific needs of this age group and develop an adapted intervention program.