I want to share a letter regarding Alex Blais and his family. This letter has been composed by the PTO’s at the East Longmeadow schools and approved and supported by Margaret and Wayne Blais……… It is with heavy hearts that we, a community of friends, family and neighbors, share with you news that Alex Blais, a 9 year old boy here in East Longmeadow is fighting an epic battle against cancer. After experiencing headaches, blurry vision, and nausea over the holidays, on January 1, Alex was admitted to Connecticut Children’s Hospital and diagnosed with a Grade 3 anaplastic astrocytoma brain tumor. After surgery on the morning Tuesday January 5th, Alex’s tumor responded aggressively and unfortunately increased in size. Due to the growth of the tumor, Alex’s team of doctors wanted to start radiation therapy without delay. After several bumps along the way, Alex is still with us, defying the odds, and continuing to fight. He will continue radiation treatments for the next five weeks. Alex and his family feel positive about his treatment plan and they believe in the people and the care he is getting at CT Children’s Hospital. Alex is a fourth grader at Mountainview School and his sisters attend Meadow Brook School in East Longmeadow. We are sharing this information to support the entire family but want to do so in a sensitive and positive way. Obviously, being respectful of the family’s needs and privacy is important. But we want to address this situation and help how we can. Since this news has traveled, one thing is more and more apparent: Alex has a HUGE team of supporters praying, well wishing and hoping for him to be the fighter he has already proven to be. His parents, Margaret and Wayne, have been by his side and we all want to help Alex, his parents and twin sisters, Grace and Natalie. What can we do? Margaret and Wayne are asking for prayers and positive thoughts. The PTOs at the affiliated schools have setup the “Alex Blais Benefit Fund” at People’s Bank. Donations to the fund can be used however the family sees fit: medical expenses, family needs and costs incurred by traveling to Hartford while still having children in town to care for as well. As time goes on, we will do our best to update the community on Alex, his family, and any other needs that they share. Margaret and Wayne approved this effort and are grateful for everyone’s support. We all know Alex as a sweet, smart, funny, creative, handsome and awesome fourth grader! He loves hockey, superheroes, Legos, Transformers, rooting for the Bruins and Patriots, drinking red slushies (though he’ll settle for green), and passing on wisdom to his 6- year-old twin sisters. Alex knows that he is sick. He is brave, but he is also scared. He knows it is okay to feel both. He knows that his illness is not his fault and it gives him strength to know there are so many people praying and supporting him through this. He has surrounded himself with super heroes at Connecticut Children’s Hospital and will be the strong little boy we know him to be. Please know that no donation is too small. All checks can be made out to Alex Blais Benefit Fund and can be sent to People’s Bank attn: Alex Blais Benefit Fund; 201 North Main Street; East Longmeadow, MA 01028 or to any elementary school in town in an envelope marked PTO: Alex Blais. If you would like more information or have any questions, please contact Meadow Brook PTO at email@example.com. Please continue to pray for Alex. Miracles do happen. Alex will beat this! Thank you!