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‘Our son was grinding in pain’: Joan, 20, tragically dies just 5 months after ‘feeling a lump in his cheek’

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Joan Aerden was just three months old when she was diagnosed with cancer. And it was 11 years ago, when he was 20, that he died. A real family drama that does not end, because two years after his death, “his little brother Thierry also fell ill”, confides his father to the Nieuwsblad.

Died of a brain tumor, his family continues to pay tribute to him 10 years later because he fought for many years against the disease. When he was 19, he had an abscess on his tooth. This is how the dentist saw a new tumor. It was a thunderclap. It was in his head, in his face, in his lungs. In May, he had presented himself again for a check. In October, he felt this little lump in his cheek and that’s how they found out. Just five months later, Joan died. His goal was to live to be 20 years old. He did it. »

This weekend, in collaboration with KWB Koersel, the family is organizing the Lego Blokjesfestival event in the COR hall in Koersel (Beringen). “There will be forty exhibitors and 550 square meters of exhibition and games,” explains his family. “Lego is a passion for all of us. When Joan died, her Legos went to Thierry and me. Joan was mostly a Star Wars fan: we always take one of her pieces to fairs, so it’s still there. »

In the family living room sits a photo of Joan surrounded by her favorite games. A wink that brings them a little closer to their star.

The proceeds are donated to the Limburg association Kleine Prins: “They have always helped us a lot. Everything they get goes to people in need. Now we can give something back. »