An O’Fallon girl has lost her battle with cancer.
Janet Pruneau, 7, died on Saturday after three years of surgeries, treatments and long hospital stays at St. Louis Children’s Hospital in St. Louis.
“This last time she was admitted, the doctors told us we didn’t have much time left,” said Janet’s mother, Laura Pruneau. “So, we went from four to six months, to four to six hours in two weeks time. We’d known for years that this may be the inevitable, but even the doctors shook their heads and said ‘We’re so sorry.’”
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Janet, the daughter of Tom and Laura Pruneau, began her battle on April 22, 2013 when doctors diagnosed her with a rare form of brain cancer.
“Janet fought cancer for three years with a smile and never a bad attitude,” Laura Pruneau said Tuesday.
“My children are doing phenomenally well given the circumstances,” Laura said. “James, my 14-year-old, says ‘Momma, how are you holding up?’ and I smile still because of that because it shows the heart of my kids and the love they still operate with in the midst of their pain. It makes me proud.”
Laura said her daughter will live on in those who carry her memories with them.
“I will always remember her love and infectious smile,” Laura said. “So many who knew her, and I keep hearing three words ‘... her smile though,’ and that’s what we will all remember.”
Janet, a first-grader at Delores Moye Elementary in O’Fallon, will be remembered during a service at 11 a.m. Saturday at the school, located at 1010 Moye School Road in O’Fallon.
“District 90 is very sad today, as we mourn the loss of precious Janet. She and her family are in our thoughts and prayers daily. Moye Elementary was proud to call her part of their family and will have social workers available to support students and staff as they grieve,” said Carrie Hruby, O’Fallon District 90 superintendent.