Lydiane autour du monde adventurer, Lydiane St-Onge, has just completed the journey of a lifetime: as part of the CRS Challenge, the Cancer Research Society's charitable expeditions program, she has conquered the Great Wall of China. Joined by a dozen participants, the globetrotter spent 10 days hiking the Unesco heritage site to raise awareness for the cause. She immortalized her experience through numerous social media posts.
"I've been travelling around the world for a long time and I love sharing my travel stories. But this time, I went on behalf of a cause so dear to me: cancer research. When you walk for days through the Great Wall of China, where everything seems bigger than your own self, your outlook changes. At that point you realize that we all have a duty to take concrete actions to make a difference," Lydiane says.
Lydiane and the participants enjoyed an incredible experience. While they visited Beijing and explored the Forbidden City and the Imperial Palace, among other sites, the expedition was not always easy. The group returns deeply touched by their journey, having collectively raised more than $140,000 for research while conquering the Great Wall of China, listed among the 7 Wonders of the World.
"Participants sign up for the CRS Challenge either because they themselves have overcome the disease or because they had seen their loved ones face it. As they came together for the cause, the chemistry that developed throughout the journey was unforgettable. It's an adventure of a lifetime and I've grown so much from it," she adds.