We had the pleasure of hanging out with 13 year old Alex Tourangeau today and this young made has one heck of a spirit and is a real joy to be around.
He is a cancer survivor who was diagnosed at the age of 9 and went through many procedures over the next few years until he finally got to ring that bell at CHEO last November and is currently in full remission. While being courageous throughout his treatment what makes this young man a real inspiration is how he is giving back. He has been the face, rep and supported many organizations that are doing cancer research and fundraising. Now that he is living a “normal” teenage lifestyle he has not forgotten that there are others still fighting cancer everyday.
He is the co-chair for Rachel’s Kids 13th Annual Garden Party this Saturday, June 3rd. He is helping promote the event as a way of thanking the organization for helping him keep busy during all those treatments with an XBox 360 and an iPod Touch. Rachel’s Kids has been helping local and global families through difficult times for many years now through the different programs they run. This weekend’s Garden Party is the groups biggest fundraiser of the year. Earlier this year they opened Rachel’s Kids House of Hope on Boundary Road in Cornwall to help families with children on the autism spectrum and is a real gem for our community.
Alex has been through more than most see in a lifetime and he is a couple months shy of his 14th birthday. A true local hero who has endured so much so young but has chosen to help others where he can now that he has successfully beat cancer. Here is a quick list of what life was like for him the past few years after diagnosis:
- 89% of spinal fluid was cancerous
- 44% of bone marrow was cancerous
- Cancer in his blood
- 12cm mass in his chest
- Diagnosed with Scurvy in 2013
- Diagnosed with Supra-Ventricular Tachycardia in 2016
- Had his heart stopped for a few moments purposefully to restart it at a normal rhythm
- 1,153 chemo treatments
- 27 spinal taps
- 10 cranial radiation sessions
- 18 blood related transfusions