April 28, 2010: Itís with great sadness that we write to let you all know that Leanne died last night at Mount Sinai hospital in Toronto. Many of you have already heard this news and expressed your condolences in the comments following Leanneís last post. We thank you all so deeply for sharing them.

Leanne had been experiencing more and more difficulty with her breathing as a result of the cancer that relentlessly took over her lungs. She was taken into the hospital on Sunday where they tried to make her more comfortable. The suddenness with which she declined in the last few days was shocking to all of us.

Towards the end, Georgia came in to see her mama and gave her a kiss and told her she loved her. Georgia hadnít been gone from the room for more than a few seconds when our dear Leanne simply, quietly, stopped breathing. She was surrounded by family and friends. She was at peace. The pain she had borne so bravely was finally over.

In lieu of flowers, we ask that you consider a donation to a fund for Leanne and Axel's daughter, Georgia.

Please make cheques payable to ĎGeorgia Dhermillyí and send to:
Georgia, c/o Angelika Heim
Stohn Hay Cafazzo Dembroski Richmond LLP
133 King St. E., 2nd Floor
Toronto, Ontario, M5C 1G6

Thanks to all who have contributed so far.


Leanne chronicled her defiant battle with cancer on her brilliant blog.
You can read it here.

Cancer is Crap
From her blog, "Living with Breast Cancer" 2008-2010
By Leanne Coppen
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