Physically active is a great way to describe Kallyn Lefebvre, an aspiring NHL star and ‘2028 draft pick’ (according to his Dad, Jimmy.) Kallyn is now walking up to 13 kilometres a day with his family, including his Dad Jimmy, Mom Kristie, Grandma Rita and siblings Dylan and Kayden.
Just 8 years old, Kallyn is very motivated for his age, loves hockey with a passion and is excitedly counting down the days until he can start up hockey practice again. He’ll be sure to be in his best form when the time comes, as the Lefebvre family will soon finish their walk across Canada aimed at putting an end to cancer.
“I’m getting stronger,” Kallyn shares proudly, reflecting on how far they’ve come. A typical day for Kallyn involves walking with the family on and off, then at the end of the day stopping at a campground where he can’t wait to go swimming and play sports.
“The best thing about the walk is free time at the campsite, playing soccer, baseball, football and with hockey sticks,” says Kallyn. He also makes sure to leave time for a daily exercise regimen, including burpees, which are his favourite.
Just having entered Prince Edward Island on the final stretch of the family’s journey, Kallyn says the most interesting thing about the walk has been all the places he’s seen, and the people he’s been able to meet along the way.
“I’ve seen a lot of old homes,” Kallyn shares, “some more than 100 years old! I’ve never seen so many old homes.”
Kallyn also loved seeing Ottawa’s parliament buildings for the first time. “I’ve never seen buildings like the parliament buildings,” Kallyn explains, completely awe-struck, “they look like castles.”
When Jimmy Lefebvre shared his idea for a cross-country walk first with Kristie, then with Kallyn and his brother and sister, Kallyn says “I thought he was really crazy, but now I think it was a good idea.”
Kallyn has a remarkable can-do attitude, though the walk has been challenging to him, now and then.
“The hills have been the hardest,” Kallyn says.
Offering one solution that seems to match his active spirit, Kallyn’s advice is to: “run up hills to get to the top faster.”
Kallyn thinks it’s important to keep walking and staying active, because when you feel healthy, it’s easier to stay motivated. His dad also promised him a Las Vegas Golden Knights jersey at the end of the walk. For the Lefebvre family’s next adventure, Kallyn wants to travel across the USA, “stopping at every hockey arena on the way.”
The Lefebvre Foundation was created in memory of Simon Lefebvre, who died of cancer in 2016. The Foundation’s goal is to raise endowment funds to help society become and live cancer free through the effective use of awareness, education, support and treatment for the physical and mental health and well-being of all those who are affected by cancer.
The Can-Survive Walk is a 5,716-kilometre walk being completed by Simon’s son, Jimmy Lefebvre and his family. The Lefebvre’s will walk 7.2 million steps from Grande Prairie, Alberta to Saint Louis, Prince Edward Island between May 1 and August 31, 2018.
To support the Can-Survive Walk, visit our Donations page. Donations both big and small will go towards the L Foundation’s endowment fund. Thanks in advance for your support! To date, over $36,550 has been raised to eradicate this dreadful illness. According to the Canadian Cancer Society, over 80,000 people in Canada died from the disease in 2017.