SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Friends of 17-year-old Fenov Pierre-Louis have set up a GoFundMe page to help the family of The Academy for Information Technology (AIT) student, who lost his long battle with Stage 4 Nueroblastoma cancer this week.
Diagnosed when he was a second grader, Fenov fought the disease for about half of his lifetime, yet always maintained a sunny disposition. He was able to maintain high grades and was inducted into the National Honor Society -- an achievement he made despite constantly having to miss class time due to his treatments.
Fenov was a Jambassador for the Jam Kancer In The Kan Foundation Fund and through his involvement struck a special friendship with New York Islanders star Anders Lee, who wrote about him in an article entitled "Hockey Players Aren't Tough" that appeared in Derek Jeter's The Players' Tribune.
You came into my life, so many peoples lives, you changed them, you changed me. What was contagious wasn’t your disease, it was your smile. Rest In Peace Brother. This fight isn’t over. -- NY Islander Anders Lee (via Twitter)
Fenov not only participated in Jam Kancer events, he also was involved in AIT's Relay for Life campaign. The high school student touched and inspired many people, and videos of him have been viewed hundreds of thousands of times. (See below.)
Although he greatly aided the fundraising efforts of the Jam Kancer In The Kan Foundation, the money raised by the organization can only be donated to other charities and not specific individuals. Thus, a GoFundMe page was created for his family, including his mother, Mathilda, whose time was largely spent caring for Fenov and shuttling him from their home to his treatments at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and other hospitals.
"Fenov was considered to be family by many in the SPF community," said Jamey Crimmins, of the Jam Kancer In The Kan Foundation, who created the GoFundMe page. "He will be sorely missed."