Alexandra Charpentier knew she didn’t have long to live.
As her lung cancer worsened, forcing her into hospice care last month, the Austin mother thought it might be nice to hear from her favorite actor, Rob Lowe.
Charpentier’s friends reached out to Lowe, and he made it happen, sending Charpentier a video message last week. Days later, on Saturday, Charpentier, 48, died, the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation announced this week.
Charpentier, an avid runner who had never smoked before her diagnosis last summer, had raised $7,500 for the foundation in a half-marathon in Las Vegas in November.
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In the video message, Lowe told her he was praying for her and encouraged her to keep fighting.
“I know you’re in a really tough fight and you’re a fighter and I want to pat you on the back for that and hopefully give you some inspiration,” he said. “There’s so much more to be had. I’ve got more stuff I’m doing and you have to be around to see it.”
From a hospital bed, Charpentier responded with her own video message, telling Lowe how she had followed his career since she was a teenager.
“You have been a staple in my life,” she told Lowe. “This thing has happened so quickly. I was diagnosed a year ago, but in the last week I basically was told I may die tomorrow. I didn’t know if you’d take the time to call me. When my friends showed the video to my kids, they cried because they know how much this means to me.”
In an interview with the Las Vegas Review-Journal after the half-marathon, Charpentier said she was diagnosed with cancer after losing her breath while playing tennis.
“In a two-week period I went from ‘You have pneumonia’ to ‘You have cancer’ to ‘You have lung cancer’ to ‘You have stage 4 and we’re so sorry it’s inoperable and incurable,’ ” she told the newspaper.
Charpentier continued raising money for the Addario foundation, which is based in California, where Charpentier previously lived. Her fundraising page had collected more than $2,300 as of this week.