Suzanne & Pierre Family Support
This is not something that I am accustomed to doing but under these circumstances it was imperative. One of our Salt Spring Island families, the Rougers, need our help. Some of you may know Suzanne from her work in community theatre,(director of Harold & Maude, Rumors, Peter on the Brink, etc.), her work with the Salt Spring Soap Company and her bubbly, inclusive personality.
In December, Pierre Rouger, Suzanne's husband found himself bumping into people and things at work. Sophie, his daughter, took him to the hospital to be checked out. After a long arduous process, unfortunately, the test results were not good...Pierre has been diagnosed with aggressive brain cancer.
Pierre had emergency brain surgery to remove the tumor which resulted in paralysis on the left side of his body and Pierre is now confined to a wheel chair. To add to matters, since the surgery, last month, the tumor has returned. He is going to begin radiation in Vancouver, but the diagnosis is not looking hopeful.
Needless to say Pierre is unable to work and Suzanne has had to quit her job to care for Pierre and the family. This has put them into a very serious financial crisis that looks like it may result in the loss of their home. The money that we raise will be used to cover the mortgage, travel costs for treatment, bills and additional expenses while they go through this difficult time. Every little bit helps. If you can't give financially, all the positive thoughts and love you can muster would be most appreciated.
Thank you for considering this...Hannah
Our family has finally gotten up the courage to hold a memorial for Pierre. We will be holding the gathering on April 8th at 1:00pm. It will be at the Lion's Club on Salt Spring Island. Everyone is welcome.
If you have a story or anecdote about Pierre you would like to share please email it to me and I will have some actors read them to those gathered.
Please let me know if you will attend so I am sure to have enough food and seating arranged.
Thank you so much,
As Suzanne wrote above, we are planning a memorial on April 8th, here on Salt Spring at Lion’s Hall at 103 Bonnet Avenue off of Drake Road. Many of you live very far away and won’t be able to come, we realize. If you have anything that you want to write about ‘times spent with Pierre’, the family would be most happy to have them. They will be a great comfort. I have given Suzanne all of the wonderful comments that you put on Gofundme.
Please send anything that you want the family to receive or that you would like presented at the Memorial service, to Suzanne at firstname.lastname@example.org
May our memories of Pierre bless each and everyone of us...
I wanted to update you on Pierre and the family. It has not been an easy month. In November Suzanne was told that Pierre’s tumor had started to grow again. This, of course, resulted in many many changes in Pierre’s physical abilities and health. He was admitted to the hospital for a week because he could not stop vomiting. Unfortunately, this has happened again and he is back in hospital. At this time he is unable communicate, at all…he is sleeping and sometimes coming close to consciousness. It is most distressing and Suzanne who has been constantly at his side throughout the past year is feeling the effects most profoundly. Please send strong thoughts of support to the family and to Pierre. May his passing be gentle and peaceful. As we all have seen and know... he is a man of great integrity and caring…a man who loves his family and friends dearly and showed this constantly in his actions and words. Hannah
Pierre and Suzanne recently returned to their home on Salt Spring Island after four months of absence (in Vancouver) to get emergency medical care for Pierre. Although the prognosis isn't good - his condition is considered palliative - Pierre is intent on overcoming his condition and returning to excellent health.
Some of you have asked if additional financial support is needed. The answer is "yes". During their four months away bills have accumulated, there are considerable expenses related to off-island medical appointments in Vancouver (although Medical Services covers the costs of ferry rides, they don't cover the costs of accommodation). Suzanne has had to quit her job in order to become Pierre's primary caregiver as he needs full-time care due to the facts of his limited mobility (he is confined to a wheelchair and is partially paralyzed) in addition to suffering from on-going seizures. Also, there have been costs to making their home "accessible", day-to-day costs of living, and the additional therapies that Pierre would like to have that are not paid for by Medical Services.
Here comes the plea! If you are able to contribute financially that would be greatly appreciated. There is nothing more stressful than not being able to meet financial obligations when one is meeting challenges such as this situation. Please, help financially if you are able, and continue sending your love and prayers.
With thanks for your warmth and generosity,
Hannah and Kim
Hello my friends.
I finally found the courage to look at this fundme page and I have to admit that as group and as individuals you touched me very deeply. Your actions, donations and your most kind words are having a n incredible effect on my recovery
which in fact is a fight. Your rapid response put me in a very special position which is that: I'm not alone and you're not letting me down. I'll therefore win. All in parts thanks to you, I can look forward to buy the best known alternative treatments, afford some very targeted home improvements to help me get out of that wheelchair all together you gave me not only hope but a definite , solid plan of action. I shall succeed with all your help.
I love you all. Thank you.
Dear Friends: Pierre passed away this afternoon. He was surrounded by family and listening to his favorite Frank Zappa song when he moved on. In lieu of a memorial we are asking people to hold Pierre in their thoughts over the next 3-7 days. In order to help his soul in passing, please remember him in reverse order of your experiences with him. Start with the last time you saw him and finish with the first time you met. Thank you for this favor in honoring him. Love , Suzanne