6. Gregory Lemarchal
Gregory Lemarchal was a French singer and winner of the fourth series of the reality TV program Star Academy, who died at the age of 23 from cystic fibrosis in 2007. During his lifetime, Lemarchal became known not only for his music but also as an advocate for the disease. He became France’s champion of acrobatic rock in 1995, but his career only took off after the show. Following that, he performed duets with famous singers like Yannick Noah, Michel Sardou, Patrick Bruel, and Lucie Silvas, and in January 2006, he won the breakthrough artist of the year award at the NRJ Music Awards. Lemarchal was barely two-years-old when he was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis and he died in a Paris hospital waiting for a lung transplant.
After his death, the Association Gregory Lemarchal was created in his honor to help others fight cystic fibrosis. “Shortly before leaving us still with this crazy hope that this can happen, the lung transplant that could save him, Gregory had expressed his clear desire to no longer be silent, ‘I can no longer remain silent. After that I will be grafted, I will not keep silent anymore.’,” states the association. “That is why today we continue through the association that bears his name, his fight and that of all those who suffer from cystic fibrosis because together, and only together, we can achieve as quickly as possible the goal we have set ourselves with Grégory: ‘Winning the fight, so that never again will CF keep us away from those we love.'”
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