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Thaer (He/Him)

Hi YACCers! My name is Thaer Shakhshir. I am a cancer survivor. I was diagnosed with Anaplastic Oligodindreguloma (brain cancer) in 2015 at 27-years-old (second year university). Since then, I have been a member of YACC community. I had the opportunity to participate in all of their instructive, amazing, fun, and adventurous events such as Survivor Conference, Retreat Yourself, Retreat Adventure, and the Big Cancer Hook-up.

At the beginning of my diagnosis, I was feeling overwhelmed, confused, and different until I connected with YACC and found all types of social support that it provides. While I am not involved with YACC, I mostly spend my time learning and working to improve my professional skills.

I am excited to be one of the Localife Ottawa leaders, and I look forward to working with you all.



Hello, my name is Valérie; I was diagnosed with breast cancer in November 2015 at the age of 30. I had three surgeries, eight rounds of chemo, and 25 sessions of radiation. When I got diagnosed, I searched for support groups. However the only groups I was finding only had elderly ladies who had pity on me since I was “so young”; I felt out of place.

My first YACC event was a Localife event in the summer of 2016. I am so happy I connected with YACC and got the support I was looking for! Since then, I’ve attended many more Localife events, Survivor Conference 2017, and Retreat Yourself 2018.

During our events, we offer a judgement free, safe place for those who need to talk about serious issues regarding their cancer. We promise great connections throughout our events that will last you a lifetime. Localife Ottawa is always there for you whether you need to laugh or cry.

Looking forward to getting to know each and everyone of you. Join us for our next event; you will thank us later!

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