“Thank you, just thank you,” said Alouettes safety Marc-Antoine Dequoy to health professionals.
Wednesday , the 28-year-old Quebecer was visiting the Sainte-Justine University Hospital Center with about thirty of his teammates. The “Als” players spent the afternoon meeting the young patients and their family members.
Dequoy has had his share of moments in hospitals recently, he who accompanied his mother in her battle against illness.
“When we are healthy or when we are not close to illness, we do not may not realize how dedicated, loving and hardworking caregivers are. They are all heroes”, underlined the footballer.
Seeing Dequoy go from room to room, making jokes and asking the children questions, it was obvious that he was happy to live this moment with the patients of the Medical-Surgical Care Unit.
“It can be very difficult to be in a hospital room for hours and days. To have a little visit, something new, it makes a change and it can brighten up a day.”
“It's always nice to see people smile in difficult times. It's important to try to spread happiness as much as possible.”
Dequoy, who was on his tour accompanied by wide receiver Jake Wieneke, also took the time to find out about the morale of the parents of the young people he met.
“I have a lot of empathy for them. It's not easy to live that and you never wish that on someone. I hope we have put a little happiness in their day and changed the atmosphere a little bit of a more difficult day or week in their life, “said the one who made sure to translate the words of the parents. and children in Wieneke.
The product of the Carabins of the University of Montreal could identify with the attendants of the patients because of the tragedy he experienced in his family.
“We never know what life has in store for us . I believe in giving and trying to make people happy.”
Good with his team
After the death of his mum, Dequoy took a week away from football. He has been back with the Alouettes since last week and that is helping him in his grief.
“It makes me feel good,” said the athlete. It's not a time when you know how to deal with what's in front of you. However, I know that I like to do things that make me feel good. Being with my team, training, laughing and chatting are things that make me feel good.”
“My mother was my biggest fan from a very young age, he added with emotion. She was the one who signed me up for football. I play for her and I will always play for her.”