Local Teen Puts His Feet to the Pavement to Honor "Nannie"

Casey Gallant

Augusta, Maine

Lois Lajoie battled breast cancer for years – but she wasn’t in it alone. That was never more evident than in her final months when her 14-year-old grandson Casey Gallant put his feet to the pavement to honor his “Nannie.” He ran 150 miles by August, always updating her about his races which would bring a smile even on the toughest of days. Lois passed away on Sept. 10 at the age of 67 – but Casey is still running, remembering and channeling those memories into helping others. He organized and hosted the first annual 5K event called Miles Across Maine for Breast Cancer Awareness which drew more than 100 participants and raised $4,500.

Casey then rallied a crew to participate in MaineGeneral’s Walk for Hope. When all was said and done, combined with his 5K and other fundraising efforts, he contributed an incredible $10,000 in support of local breast cancer diagnosis and treatment.

Lois was an inspiration in her own right, navigating her lengthy breast cancer journey with courage and kind determination, traits that clearly live on as Casey and their family find ways to give back. 




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