Local Woman Honors Her Son Lost to Childhood Cancer

Fights to raise awareness of this issue in memory of her child.
Published: Sep. 17, 2020 at 7:05 PM EDT
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PRESQUE ISLE, Maine (WAGM) - : According to the American Childhood Cancer Organization, each year more than 15,000 children between birth to 19 years old are diagnosed with cancer.

September is recognized as National Childhood Cancer Awareness month, and for some here in The County it hits close to home.

“He was my only child, my son, and I witnessed him endure countless treatments that were not effective. His second year of diagnoses he had a recurrence, and he actually became toxic from the chemotherapy.”

Peggy Gagnon, Lost son to childhood cancer

Peggy Gagnon lost her son, Zach, to childhood cancer 4 years ago, when he was 13 years old.

Gagnon says when she was in Boston getting treatment for her son, he inspired her to keep fighting.

“I realized my true purpose in life is not self serving, it is to serve others. Through Zach, he was my light, he was my hope, and inspiration in a small child. I learned more from Zachary than I did from most adults in my lifetime.”

Peggy Gagnon, Lost son to childhood cancer

Gagnon took that inspiration and put it to good use. She created a facebook page called Super Zach, where she posts facts about childhood cancer.

She also found a unique way to raise awareness to the public.

“I recently did some graphics on my vehicle, recognizing children that are currently battling cancer in Aroostook County, and also in memory of those that have passed of childhood cancer in Aroostook County.”

Peggy Gagnon, Lost son to childhood cancer

Gagnon says she’s working on a way to organize people to donate to raise money for funding, but right now she says the best thing people can do is be educated about the issue and raise awareness in the meantime

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