Bernard Robichaud was recently in Canada to spread awareness and raise funds for Prostate Cancer Canada and it's East Division PCC Atlantic. As the keynote speaker, he shared his personal journey with Prostate Cancer at the #WakeUpCallHalifax event run by RBC.
"I'm very proud to be an advocate for all of the men who don't understand the value of getting a PSA. It was an honor and my duty to speak."
Together, we are working toward a life without prostate cancer. 2019 marks Prostate Cancer Canada’s 25th anniversary. During that time, the mortality rate has been cut in half and we’ve invested $120 million in research. But we can’t stop as long as an estimated 11 men are lost every day to the disease.
Being an active, healthy man at 57 years young, Bernard’s diagnosis left him with lots of questions.
“You think you’re taking care of yourself, and then it gets you,” Bernard says. “I’ve always taken care of my body – my career forces me to do so. I always played sports, I eat well, exercise… why did this happen to me? You see others who don’t live as healthily as I do and just wonder, what happened?”
Now, Bernard is using his platform as a comedian and actor to create awareness of the cancer that takes 4,100 Canadian men every year.
“It’s the least I can do,” he says. “It’s a difficult thing for men to discuss, but I’m happy to share my experience with others. Even if I just reach one set of ears, it’s one life I may help save.”
About Bernard Robichaud:
Boston-born, Canadian-based, actor, writer, and comic, Bernard Robichaud, known to fans worldwide as Cyrus, the gun toting, drug dealing nemesis from the hit television series Trailer Park Boys, started his life in the spotlight as a sought after model. That is, until the day he crossed paths with a Toronto talent agent, who insisted he missed his calling and should try his hand at acting. With that advice in mind, Bernard enrolled in the Theatre Arts program at Dalhousie University and later honed his skills under the private tutelage of esteemed vocal coach Dorothy Ward, and later under the wings of award winning director Tom Kerr at the prestigious Neptune Theatre.
His uncanny talent of being able to transform himself into a rough and tumble lowlife to a ruggedly handsome good guy has garnered Bernard a variety of most interesting roles over his career including performing alongside such Hollywood icons as James Caan and Kathy Bates. Most recently he was seen in Blue Seduction co-starring Billy Zane and Estella Warren, and Hostage Game, co-staring with his friend, the late Corey Haim. Bernard also had a recurring role as Kirk in the hit Showcase TV series, Haven.
Bernard Robichaud is a Prostate Cancer Survivor.