It is with broken hearts that we announce the death of our beautiful daughter Chloë Louise Poirier in the early morning of Sunday June 27, 2021. Chloë was born September 1, 2004 in Toronto, Ontario and joined our family making it complete.
Chloë suffered complex medical issues right from birth. She was born with a benign tumour in her liver and at just 20 months old was diagnosed with myofibroblastic sarcoma in her lung. She endured more rounds of chemotherapy that one can count, 4 relapses, 3 rounds of radiation and many surgeries. She spent most of her life either at Cancer Care Manitoba or the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. At the time of her death Chloë was getting ready to begin a new targeted therapy drug. From a medical perspective life was not easy. It was full of sickness, pain and uncertainty. But as her physical abilities declined, Chloë’s mind, quick wit and humour did not.
Chloë just completed Grade 11 French Immersion at St. Thomas Aquinas High School. She was an honour student throughout and her never give up attitude was an inspiration to all who met her. She was especially loyal to her friends, a group of amazing girls who have been together since Junior Kindergarten. She loved all things Harry Potter, was very interested in art, reading, music and of course anything to do with computers. Social justice, the rights of those less fortunate and the LGBTQ+ community were very near and dear to her heart. She was forever educating family and friends on issues that were important to her. Chloë was fortunate enough to enjoy many experiences in her short life. One of the things she looked forward to every year was Camp Oochigeas, in the Muskokas. She also loved “Family Camp” with Candlelighters and Camp Quality. She loved to travel and always always dreamed of going to Paris.
Chloë was predeceased by both sets of grandparents, Cecil and Rita Poirier and Bert and Mary Lou Curtis and Marj’s sister Wendy and her beloved Beau. She is survived by her parents, Andrew and Marj Poirier, her half brother Cole Arnold and her loving aunts, uncles and cousins. She also leaves behind many close friends who she considered family. Chloë touched the lives of almost everyone she met.
We would like to thank all of the dedicated medical professionals and caregivers who cared for Chloë throughout her 16 years, most notably, Dr.Sara Israels, Dr. David Malkin, Dr. Paul Nathan, Cathy Bourne, RN, Cancer Care Manitoba, The Hospital for Sick Children and Lynne Pinterics, CPT. We would also like to thank the first responders and the emergency staff at the Lake of the Woods District Hospital for their care and compassion.
Due to COVID restrictions a private memorial service will be held on July 9, 2021. This service will be live streamed. Details will follow later this week.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Camp Oochigeas (in honour fundraising ooch.org follow the links to fundraise for us and then “in honour fundraising” , Candlelighters Manitoba (manitobacandlelighters.org follow the link to donate) or Cancer Care Manitoba-Paediatric Cancer (cancercarefdn.mb.ca follow the link to make a memorial donation. Please specify paediatric oncology in your donation.)
“To have been loved so deeply, even though the person is gone, will give us some protection forever.” J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.
Fly high, Coco. you are now free from all your pain.
We love you to the moon and back.