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In keeping with tradition, we are so excited and proud to host the 40th Annual Femmes Natales Runabout on Sunday, September 29th, 2019.
We will have not one, but TWO extremely deserving recipients with a very special connection. Chase Benoit and Blaze Lebouef will share the title of 2019 Runabout honorees.
Chase is a thirty-year-old Thibodaux native and resident and is a 2007 Thibodaux High School graduate. He is the son of Mitch & Melodia Benoit, and Camille & Penny Melancon, and brother of Kala, Nina, and Sara Benoit. He loves his job as a salesman at Crescent Crown, but a big part of who Chase is, is being a volunteer firefighter for both South Thibodaux and Lafourche Crossing 308 Fire Departments. Chase began having health issues in early January 2019 and was diagnosed with an aggressive case of Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. He spent several days in ICU on life support. Chase has currently crushed through those hurdles on his way to begin chemo in order to treat his primary diagnosis of Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. He has a long road of treatment and recovery ahead but is hopeful for the day he gets back to enjoying life with his and family and friends, and of course, serving his beloved community as a fireman.
Blaze Lebouef is a happy, lively eight-year-old boy and 4.0 GPA student at W. S. Lafargue Elementary in Thibodaux. He is the son of Robie and Meghan (Naquin) Lebouef, and big brother of Harley. Blaze was born in 2010 and was just as his parents expected their first child to be: perfectly healthy and “normal”. It wasn’t until 2014 when Blaze’s parents noticed an almost sudden and rapid weight gain. They saw multiple specialists and had their son tested for multiple syndromes. For the next five years they would watch their son’s health decline right before their eyes. It wasn’t until this past January 2019 that Blaze was diagnosed with a very rare condition called ROHHAD Syndrome. ROHHAD syndrome affects about 100 children IN THE WORLD. The majority of the known cases do not reach adulthood due to the effects of this illness. Funding and research are extremely limited and the future for this sweet, faithful, relentless family and their bright, funny, eight-year-old child is unknown.
The irony lies in the close connection of these two individuals. Robie, like Chase, is also a volunteer firefighter for South Thibodaux and Lafourche Crossing 308 Fire Departments.Chase and Robie are more than brothers in their fire departments, they are and have been best friends and as close as family for many years. Not even a month later, Chase himself was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer. Their stories individually made their way to our club members, and once we realized the very special connection and bond of these two families, we asked if they would consider being dual recipients. Without hesitation, and with complete selflessness they agreed that they would only have it that way.
Please join Femmes Natales in supporting Blaze and Chase. Food, drinks, and music will be provided. Come enjoy the festivities even if you are not racing—it’ll be fun for the whole family! Your contribution to this cause is sincerely appreciated!
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