During a family vacation to Australia in April, 4-year-old Alexandre Conoscente was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). The cancer developed so quickly Alex is now partially paralyzed due to leukemic lumps that formed in his brain. The French American School of New York, where Alex is a student, has come together to help him fight for his life.
As Alex waits for a bone marrow match, the school’s parent-teacher association, FASNYPAT, is coming to the aid of his parents and his two-year-old brother, Christophe. The family is residing at the Ronald McDonald house in Syndey.
FASNYPAT has been putting together care packages of small gifts and toys for Alex.
“I’m still in tears with [my husband] Jean-Paul and totally overwhelmed by everyone’s generosity,” wrote Elissa Conoscente. “We keep telling Alexandre how many friends he has in America, and he brightened up so much when the package arrived with all of the wonderful pictures and gifts. He was really responsive and understood exactly who it came from.”
The school community is trying to garner additional help for the family and is hosting a Support Alexandre Conoscente event from May 19 to 21 at the Scarsdale FASNY campus at 85 Palmer Avenue.
Those wishing to show support can purchase baked goods or donate small toys, books (in English or French), CDs, and European-compatible DVDs. The FANYPAT is also collecting donations in cash or checks. All proceeds will directly aid the family. To help, please contact Catherine Zinger at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Disney Publications has already taken note of the cause through the Facebook page Good Luck to Alexandre Conoscente. The organization has donated books, CDs, and DVDs to Alex and all of the children in his ward at Sydney Children’s Hospital.