Bone Cancer: They continue Alexe’s fight after his death

The relatives of Alexe Gagnon, who died in August 2021 aged just 18, have decided to carry on the torch she left to advance research and prevent other children from going through the same ordeal as her.

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His mother, Marie-Ève ​​​​​​Joncas, and Florence Breton, her best friend, will attend various charity events organized by the Charles Bruneau Foundation in the coming weeks, which aim to improve the lives of children with cancer.

They are doing this in memory of Alexe, who learned in 2014 that she had Ewing’s sarcoma, a type of bone cancer that mostly affects children, when she was just 11 years old.

Alexe Gagnon eventually died on April 1ah August 2021 at the age of 18. A week earlier, despite her poor health, she was enjoying the “trip of her life” in Gaspésie with her loved ones.

“It was one of the most memorable moments of my life, like a last farewell before the long journey, even if we still had a glimmer of hope,” says her best friend Florence Breton, who accompanied her to Gaspésie.

A fierce fight

Throughout these years, Alexe Gagnon has been fighting for the cause by getting involved with various organizations to raise awareness of the problem of childhood cancer.

“Despite her aftermath, she was involved and always positive, smiling, and confident… right up until the last moment, when she was walking very slowly,” says Marie-Ève ​​​​​​Joncas, the young woman’s mother and daughter.

During the eight years she was battling her own cancer, she helped, directly or indirectly, raise tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars for research.

Desiring to continue the struggle she had started, her relatives decided to commit themselves to the Charles Bruneau Foundation a year after her death.

“It’s sort of our way of keeping it alive. We’d like to allow other little Alexes to get out there,” explains Florence Breton.

Take over

The 18-year-old young woman and her friend Laurence Chagnon, both cancer survivors, will therefore take part in the foundation’s Blue Circuit, which takes place from 16 to 18 September.

The event consists of one, two or three day paddle tours around Montreal to raise funds for childhood cancer research.

At the same time, Alexe’s mother and some of her relatives formed “Team Alexe” for the Charles Bruneau Cup, a benefit ball hockey tournament that will be held in the city on September 3rd.

“Alexe would never have given up, so we won’t give up. It’s a necessity for us to keep going, for her,” concludes Joncas, still emotional a year after her daughter’s death.

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