Fentress County boy loses battle with cancer, remembered as hero

Fentress County boy loses battle with cancer, remembered as hero

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By CAMERON TAYLOR
6 News Reporter


JAMESTOWN (WATE) - Friends and family of a Fentress County boy who had brain cancer are celebrating his life. You may remember 11 year old Alex Larue from a story 6 News did back in 2012 when his school surprised him with a visit from Superman. 

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After battling cancer for nearly seven years, he passed away Wednesday morning at Vanderbilt Children's Hospital.

People in Fentress County knew 11 year old Alex Larue as "Super Alex." 

"He's the sweetest kid anybody could meet. Anytime he was around anybody new, he never met a stranger," said Darla Ardziejewski, Alex's mother. 

Alex didn't have it easy. At 5-years-old, he developed a brain tumor the size of a grapefruit.

Just recently, doctors believe he developed pneumonia. That condition put Alex at Vanderbilt Children's Hospital for nearly a week. His parents decided to put him on a ventilator when he wasn't breathing well, but before that was done, he passed away. 

"It's something I will have nightmares about probably for the rest of my life, but I knew I was doing everything I possibly could for Alex," said Ardziejewski.

Close friends and family are helping Alex's parents get through this tough time. Friends say they'll never forget the extraordinary little boy. 

"There's something special about him. He wasn't just a little 11 year old boy, it was Alex. He had the biggest heart of any 11 year old I ever knew," said Andrea Woodruff, a family friend.  

Alex's parents are amazed by the community's support, but will miss their little hero more than anything. 

"I know that every parent thinks their child is the best, but he really was and I ask that any parent, please, take no moment for granted because time is short," said Ardziejewski.

Visitation will be held at Church of the Harvest in Grimsley on Friday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. CDT. The funeral will also be at the church on Saturday at 10 a.m. CDT. Burial will be at Fentress County Memorial Gardens immediately following.

In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for donations to Vanderbilt Children's Hospital Cancer Fund.

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