Outings – Leisure | 15 years after the death of Grégory Lemarchal: “This association is all he wanted”

He was a voice, a face. An artist who marked an entire generation, even several. †We still talk about him today, some young people who didn’t know him talk to me about himlaughs Pierre Lemarchal. He radiated something that attracted people

15 years ago, to this day, Grégory Lemarchal left us due to cystic fibrosis. However, a genetic disease that did not prevent him from fulfilling his dreams, namely a career as a singer for more than two years. The association that bears his name was founded the day after his death. †Greg wanted to be an ambassador in the fight against this pathology. We only continue his will as he is unfortunately no longer there‘ his father explains modestly.

Grégory Lemarchal in concert in Martigues with the Star Academy.Photo archive Serge Guéroult

A long way has come in 15 years. †We invest a lot in research, that’s the most important thing. Progress has been made in patient care. It is a real milestone reached at this point in the fight against cystic fibrosiscongratulates Pierre Lemarchal. There is certainly no cure yet. But we can hope, if we look at all these journeys made, that in 10, maybe 15 years, we can live with this disease one day. That we would no longer die of cystic fibrosis because we found this treatment that we can live with normally

Programming all weekend on TF1

A tireless work articulated around various events that improve the daily lives of patients. †With other associations, such as ‘Vaincre la muco’, we have made progress together to provide patients with the best possible quality of life. We are well on our wayemphasizes Pierre Lemarchal. There are now systematic tests from birth (Gutri test) that now make it possible to quickly detect the pathology in order to treat the baby without delay. It saves the minimum amount of time

The image of Grégory Lemarchal, his popularity, have enabled the association to make as many people as possible aware of this disease. For example, TF1 and TMC are disrupting some programs this weekend to launch a call for donations. †We have always had the support of the station (Grégory Lemarchal was unveiled in Star Academy, artistic program of TF1, Ed). Talking about the artist, we’re talking about the association“, admits Pierre. Because today an association, involved in this type of fight, only exists through the generosity of each other.

“Why I Live” tells the life of Grégory Lemarchal, from the announcement of the disease to his disappearance.Photo DR

This morning, Jean-Luc Reichmann’s program “Les 12 coups de midi” on TF1 – and its average of about 3.5 million viewers – will focus on the artist. A little later, in “50 minutes in”, presented by Nikos Aliagas, his friend and former presenter of Star Ac’, a report will be devoted entirely to the association. At the end of the evening, after “The Voice”, the mythical concert of Grégory Lemarchal in Olympia in 2006 is presented. Without forgetting the rebroadcast tomorrow on TMC of “Why I Live”, a film describing the career of Grégory Lemarchal. A film that Pierre, the father, is very proud of. †We set our terms because it was complicated to see someone interpret our son (Mickaël Lumière, great in the role Editor’s Note). When we saw the casting, we were very pleased. We didn’t want to be wrong about cystic fibrosis. The most important thing was to share our experience with affected families and send the right messages. We’ve seen too many movies that evoke pathologies and where they were wrong, treating the disease in a cookie cutter

In addition to this programming dedicated to the 15th anniversary of his disappearance, a spot will be broadcast today and tomorrow for the call for donations to call for solidarity.

To make a donation, don.association-gregorylemarchal.org/default or via SMS by sending Greg5 (for €5) or Greg10 (for €10) to 92777. And by mail to the address: AGL – BP 90124 73001 Chambery Cedex

An open “Maison Grégory Lemarchal”, fruit of the association

The house of Grégory Lemarchal is the first building of this type.
The house of Grégory Lemarchal is the first building of this type.Photo DR

As Pierre Lemarchal points out, the will of the association is summed up in the desire to provide patients with a better life. Today it is materialized by the opening of a first “Maison Grégory Lemarchal” in the Paris region. Adult cystic fibrosis patients undergoing lung transplantation or treatment are supervised by a panel of specialists. Well-being, sports, coaching but also a listening ear, everything is there to facilitate professional reintegration, relational rehabilitation and even physical re-appropriation for patients.

This is not a medical place“, we emphasize within the association.”It is a place where you can take care of yourself, a place of resources, exchanges, sharing and a springboard to project yourself into a more serene future.

A first that other structures of this type could follow. †This is a unique project in Francewe welcome within the association. We have been dreaming of this together for a long time. It was born today thanks to donors, partners, volunteers and doctors who have always supported us.

Information: 01.47.16.16.01 and [email protected] – Maison Grégory Lemarchal, Avenue du President Georges Pompidou 12 – 92500 Rueil-Malmaison

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