On May 28, Martin Fourcade lit a candle on the Tour glacier, in the Mont-Blanc massif where he bivouacked, in memory of Arthur. A few hours earlier, the 5-year-old boy had died from a rare and incurable form of brain tumor, the infiltrating glioma of the brainstem, which affects 50 children per year in France. During several months, Arthur fought against the disease and carried out some of his dreams thanks to the association created by his mother, “The Shooting Stars”, of which the biathlete, five times Olympic champion, is the godfather.
“Also help all children with this disease”
“I was close to the family, I knew Arthur long before his illness. I have two young daughters, I was extremely moved when I learned that he was suffering from a tumor, I became fully involved in the association. After the Sochi Games, I visited a hospital in Moscow which treated children with cancer, it had upset me. Emotions came to the surface when I found out what Arthur was going through, I wanted to help him make his dreams come true. He but also all the children with this disease. “
Today, Sandie and Alexandre, the parents of Arthur and his twin Jules, decided to continue the fight, with a slogan: “When it seems impossible to add days to life, then let’s add life to life. days ! “Thursday, in the presence of Martin Fourcade and the skier Tessa Worley, godmother of the association,” Les Etoiles Filantes “are organizing an auction at the Canal flea in Lyon. Part of the funds will be used to finance the construction of the Parents’ Space at the Institute of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology, where Arthur was followed.
Alaphilippe’s yellow jersey, Tony Yoka’s gloves …
A large number of sportspeople make their contribution by offering objects, a “piece of their history”, as Martin Fourcade emphasizes. This one offers for sale a pair of boots, skis and the bib of the sprint of Ruhpolding, which he had won and which allowed him, last year, to regain the lead in the general classification of the World Cup. . A symbol, like the t-shirt offered by Edouard Roger-Vasselin. The tennis player was wearing it when Arthur came to see him play.
In total, the association is auctioning 110 lots. The crampons of Mbappé, who had posted a very touching message after the death of the little boy. KMB jerseys but also Neymar, Presnel Kimpembe, Sébastien Chabal, Frédéric Michalak, Tony Parker, Thierry Omeyer, Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic or even Julian Alaphilippe’s yellow jersey. Sébastien Loeb’s jumpsuit, Tony Yoka’s gloves, Marcel Hirscher’s skis, Teddy Riner’s black belt or Clarisse Agbegnenou’s kimono.
Experiences are also offered: a navigation on the boat of the navigator Samantha Davies, a boxing lesson with Sarah Ourahmoune or a day of skiing with Tessa Worley and Julien Lizeroux. “Sandie and Alexandre deployed an incredible energy during the illness of their little boy, underlines Martin Fourcade. Not everyone has this strength, that’s why the association exists, to support other parents and help sick children achieve their dreams. »Remote auctions are accessible via what site.
Association information: www.lesetoilesfilantes.org