One-year-old Knox Lewis has lost his fight against cancer.
Knox, who was featured in June on the front page of the Gretna Breeze, died Monday morning at his Gretna home, said his mother Alexa.
In addition to his mom, Knox is survived by his father Jeff, a sister Isabelle, 7, and a brother Aleks, 4.
There will be a rosary and vigil at St Patrick’s Catholic Church in Gretna on Friday from 6 to 8:30 p.m. A funeral Mass will be Saturday at 10 a.m. with a graveside service and luncheon to follow
Through this most painful ordeal, Alexa said her baby boy has taught her and others a lesson that is oft forgotten.
“There’s so much good in people,” Alexa said.
“People worldwide have offered their prayers and support. Our family has come together to be united, and the support from our community and the schools — it’s amazing to see that support for a little boy they’ve never met.
“Knox served more of a purpose in his life than some 80-year-olds.”
At just seven months old, Knox was diagnosed with alveolar rhabdomyosarcoma, a form of cancer that usually attacks adolescents and adults.
When he started his treatment regimen, Alexa said doctors pointed to an 80 percent success rate, but the treatment was not as effective as hoped and a new course of action put in place.
That original protocol changed in June, but by mid-July another course of action was ordered as Knox and his mother traveled to the Anderson Cancer Center at the Texas Medical Center in Houston for six weeks of radiation treatement.
“The doctors were so optimistic,” Alexa said. “We were going to beat this, and he was going to be cancer free in six months.”
Mother and son returned to Gretna on Sept. 7, and two days after his first birthday on Oct. 10, a lump was detected in his groin. Alexa said the cancer has advanced to Stage 4 and spread to his liver and lungs.
The family started hospice care on Oct. 25.
“The doctors are just shocked because of how well he responded to the radiation,” Alexa said.