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MONTREAL, MAY 19, 2015 Jeffrey Beausoleil was born without his right arm and leg due to a congenital malformation. But that has not stopped him. A Shriners Hospitals for Children Canada patient, Beausoleil will participate in The Spartan Race on May 23. He shared his message of determination and courage with English Montreal School Board primarystudents on May 11 and 15.

Spartan Races are all about big obstacles, fitness, adventure and outdoors. Some serious competitors train for months. But Jeffrey, 16, proves that you can do anything you set your mind to. He will be running a Spartan Race on May 23 - with mud, water and obstacles - with prosthetics on both his right foot and hand. “I ran a race last year and realized it was 90 percent mental and 10 percent physical,” he says. “I know that if I want to do it, I can.”

In addressing students at Edinburgh, Parkdale and Cedarcrest Elementary Schools, Beausoleil shared his story about growing up needing prosthetics, demonstrating how he uses them, and discussing the amazing work done at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Canada in Montreal. He tells children, “I am not different. I am differently-abled.”

Beausoleil showed students that he lives a normal life, loves Netflix and sports, his dog and his girlfriend. This inspirational young man was flooded with questions from all of his audiences, from how it feels to wear a prosthetic to being bullied as a child. His advice to those who are bullied? Tell someone, which was a strategy that served him well.

The Shriners Hospitals for Children Canada has struck a partnership this year with Spartan Race to get the message out that “you can overcome obstacles, if you try.” Moneys raised for the Shriners will go towards the new state-of-the-art hospital being built at the Glen site that will allow them to welcome thousands more patients every year.

Email to get a Special Shriners Promo Code, which reduces adult entrance fees. Go to to learn more about Spartan Races and to view the upcoming race schedule. If you’d like to make a donation to Shriners Hospitals for Children Canada Spartan Race, visit their website at www.

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Michael J. Cohen
Communications and Marketing Specialist
English Montreal School Board
Tel: (514) 483-7200 ext. 7243
Fax: (514) 483-7213