It is the largest nautical event in the world for children recovering from cancer and leukemia. One hundred participants from all over France will participate From this Sunday “The sail of hope“, An event organized under the auspices of the French Round Table. Spread across fifty sailing boats, they will spend a week at sea with skippers, sailors and supervisors.
This is not a race, but an assembly with several stages. It started this Sunday morning at La Sene-sur-Mer, Vare. Then go to Le Lavando, Saint-Raphael, Villefranche-sur-Mer (Alpes-Meritimus), Monaco, Saint-Maxim before returning to Saint-Mandria next Saturday.
“It’s also a therapeutic stay.”
All the children present had to fight to be able to survive and even if they were forgiven, daily life is not easy because some still have to go to medical appointments or even face the side effects of their treatment. Stella, 11, of the Paris region. Forgive me now, she has been battling a malignant brain tumor for the past few years. “I’m glad I did but I don’t know who I’m going to be with. “ Recognize the girl before leaving.
They need a way to escape and a really great opportunity for them to get through this difficult world
However, she has experience because Stella has already participated in the last edition of “Violes de la’Spore” in 2019. He also remembers his father Fabris. “It made him much better. It is a real breath of fresh air. Because it is difficult at school, because it is still difficult to go to the doctors regularly, to do scans, to do MRI … they need a way to escape and to spend with this difficult world is really a great opportunity for them. So it’s a therapeutic stay. ”
This edition is sponsored by a Toulon captain
Toulon captain Clement Giraud, especially the Vendée Globe finisher, Sponsor of this year’s “Veil of Hope”. He noted that in addition to the fight against the disease, these children have recently faced captivity associated with the health crisis. “There was an extra pressure that was added so for them it was created for a breathing and all the supervision, to give them a good time. However, he points it out “It’s not going to be easy every day, boats are healing, leaning, some people are getting sick at sea. But they are warriors and warriors who are used to going to the bottom of the sea.” So I don’t think there will be any problem.”
Between illness and single offshore racing, there are many parallels – Clement Gerraud
According to Clement Giraud, “Between illness and single offshore racing, there are many parallels. Facing storms, great moments of joy with good news, lots of preparation for finally being alone in your boat … what these children felt and what they felt through the illness. I would say that we are volunteer patients because by leaving ourselves alone or even with a crew in these extreme sea conditions, we are somewhat like volunteer patients. We put ourselves in this situation, they didn’t choose it so the parallel is very strong.
It took 730 days to prepare for the event, with the help of 200 partners and a team of many volunteers. “Violes of Hope” is being launched A call for donations.