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by Brad Aubin
Tribune

Every day, Ghislain Ducharme walks his 20,000 steps. He’s been walking for years, becoming a familiar figure around town with his trademark hat and ready smile. 

The routine walks have led him to shed over 150 lbs, and with his newfound energy, he’s been entering various races across Northern Ontario and beyond.

“From a coach potato to a mud runner,” that’s how Ducharme likes to label his weight loss and fitness journey. Last year, he participated in the Great Canadian Cycling Challenge, which sees thousands of Canadians raise funds for the fight against kids’ cancer. Ducharme only needed to ride 250 km, but ended up covering an astonishing 1,500 km in throughout the month of June and raising $250 in the process.

That impressive feat got him excited for the opportunity to ride again. This time, he will partake in the Ride to Conquer Cancer in Toronto, a fundraiser for the Princess Margaret Cancer Center (the biggest in Canada). He is currently looking for sponsorships and donations, as the June 8-9 race requires a minimum of $2,500 to register. 

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After getting active and shedding 150 lbs, Ghislain Ducharme is set to embark on a 260 km journey this summer, taking part in the Ride to Conquer Cancer.

From couch potato to “active activist”