Brennan Wade Daigle, a 10-year-old student at Western Heights, salutes the crowd of supporters in Westlake in this 2011 photo. Daigle died last May after battling embryonal rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare form of cancer in which muscular tumors attach themselves to bones. (American Press)
Last Modified: Wednesday, May 23, 2012 12:38 PM
The Calcasieu Parish School Board officially approved the renaming of the basketball court at Western Heights Elementary on Tuesday. It will now be called the “Brennan Wade Daigle Memorial Basketball Court.”
Daigle, a 10-year-old student at Western Heights, died last May after battling cancer.
School Board member Randy Burleigh said Daigle was an inspiration for all of Westlake.
“This young man brought the town together,” he said. “This young man was a positive influence on the community in the last year of his life. I’m personally not that strong of a person. I don’t think I could have handled it like that little elementary kid did.”
Daigle was diagnosed with embryonal rhabdomyosarcoma of the nasopharynx in October 2009. He took the opportunity to live out as many of his dreams as possible in a short period of time.
He was honored by Westlake High School in February 2011 when he got to participate in a pep rally and they “retired” his basketball jersey.
He is most famously known for “Brennan’s Brigade,” which came rolling through the streets of Westlake in a pink Army truck to raise cancer awareness.
“I’m not in favor much of naming things after people, but this young man more than deserves it,” Burleigh said.
Western Heights Elementary will hosts a ceremony changing the name on the basketball court at 9 a.m. Wednesday.