Estelle LeCointe

Life Rafter and president of Association Française des Patients du GIST: Ensemble contre le GIST, Estelle Lecointe attended Président Jacques Chirac's speech on cancer at the French Presidential Palace "l'Elysée" on March 27.

"There were a lot of journalists there. Some of them knew me as they had already seen the billboards with my picture, or previously interviewed me for magazines or radio, some of them had seen me on TV and just wanted to meet me. The fact that they remembered my face makes me think they now know my story and will then remember GIST too," says Lecointe.

Estelle has not received her picture with Chirac yet, however, she insists that it actually happened and we offer this as a substitute (left). In the meantime, the French magazine, "Le Monde" has a familiar face on its cover (right). Lecointe is part of an article on cancer in last weekend's edition.