$2,500 Raised for Leucan by
Saturday, May 23, was a very
special day for parents Joshua Alcorn and Roxanne Charbonneau. It was their
daughter, Lilianne Alcorn’s birthday party. However, this was not a typical four-year-old’s birthday party, it doubled as
a fundraiser for the Leucan Association of Gatineau.
On January 9, Lilianne, or
Lili, was diagnosed with neuroblastoma—a cancer that starts in immature nerve cells in the
nervous system that responds to situations where you need strength and
awareness, such as those cells that cause fear, anger, excitement or
embarrassment (Canadian Cancer Society). After treatment, the family learned on
May 22 that the four-year-old is in remission.
Approximately 130 people were
expected to attend the festivities, taking place in the family’s large backyard. At this
birthday celebration, guests were encouraged to make a donation to the Leucan
Association instead of giving a traditional gift to Lili or the family.
A heart-felt speech was given
during the event by Lili’s father, Joshua Alcorn. He recounted the unimaginably terrifying
day he and Roxanne learned that Lili had cancer. He described the harshness of
the medical treatments Lili had been through, which involved, “more [needles] than most of us
here have ever had in our lifetime,” said Mr. Alcorn to the guests. To give the birthday
girl the credit she deserves, the young father recounted her remarkable
can`t count the times on my hands and feet that tears came to strangers’ eyes
because of the way she demonstrated strength and determination,” he said.
Sponsors for the BBQ fundraiser
were gathered with the help of family like grand-maman and grand-papa Andrée
and Michel. They approached supermarkets, corner stores and department stores,
explaining just how helpful the Leucan Association had been to the family
throughout the ordeal, and that the family wanted pay back the favor by hosting