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In Memory of Joanne Rancourt
Last month we learnt of the death of one of our members and area reps, Joanne Rancourt. Unfortunately Joanne had a heart attack on Friday, 20th March at her home in France. She leaves behind her husband Jeff and her dog Phoebe.
Joanne re-joined the club in 2015 after a few years away and took up the role of Area G Rep. Joanne did have underlying health issues but she didn’t let that stop her from taking a very active part in the club. She was also heavily involved in the American Women’s Club of Luxembourg, helped run their club house, organised activities and was a very creative sewer and quilter.
Due to the current situation, it was not possible to have a funeral service for Joanne. I contacted Jeff on behalf of the club to ask if there was anything we could do and he thanked the club and suggested that people can honour Joanne’s memory through donations to charities/foundations for diabetes worldwide in her name.
Like everybody, I was shocked and upset to hear the terrible news of Steffie’s sudden death. She was a very good friend and quickly offered to help me run the Freewheelers group after Pam and Olga ‘retired’. She did a lot of research into what events might interest this group of ladies, and set them up tirelessly.
Once I was no longer able to contribute very much as I was not in Luxembourg for a lot of the time, she took over the running of it single-handed, in a very professional way. She kept on top of it, even though she was away refurbishing the apartment she bought in The Hague.
It’s difficult to put into words how I feel, but thank you for everything, and your friendship.
We were deeply sorry to hear about the death of Jill Ghelfi`s husband, Christian.
Becky, Philippa and the rest of the committee would like to send their heartfelt condolences to Jill and her sons.
“Say not in grief ‘he is no more’ but in thankfulness that he was”.
Kathie was a member of the BLC for over 30 years, playing bridge, attending Freewheelers, and actively involved in her area. She was a very busy lady and had many friends here in Luxembourg.
She died peacefully in Cape Town, South Africa, on December 26th, 2015, at the age of 97.
Enid & Eric Isaac
Caring for Kian
We have been contacted by a group of women from Luxembourg who didn’t know each other, but had been brought together by the Facebook page Caring For Kian. As a committee we wanted to make you aware of Kian’s plight.
Kian Musgrove is a 3 year old boy from Northumberland. At 18 months, Kian was diagnosed with aggressive stage 4 neuroblastoma cancer with a total of 27 tumours showing up all over his body. The cancer was treated successfully in the UK but there was an 80% chance of a relapse. Following that treatment, Kian’s single mum raised funds via her Facebook page to take her son to the US for an anti-relapse treatment at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Unfortunately, despite that treatment, the cancer did return in December 2015. Kian is now being treated in the UK (Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle), but his only chance of survival is a therapy at Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City (mskcc.org), which is very expensive. We understand that treatment (which isn’t available to Kian in the UK under the NHS) involves stem cell therapy, immunotherapy and vaccine therapy. At the time of writing, Kian’s mum has so far managed to raise £256,727 out of the £555,000 that will be needed. And unfortunately, time is running out.
The ladies have already held a charity evening at the White Rose here in Luxembourg. If you have any fundraising ideas or would like to contribute, please contact email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.