Northvale: 7-year old cancer patient lauded by local and national luminaries


A 7-year-old with a rare, inoperable brain cancer (diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma) recently underwent weeks of treatment at a Houston hospital.

Though Vivienne Knopp is now home with her vitals stabilized, “the hard truth is that this type of treatment is very expensive. Some of it is covered by insurance but, unfortunately, much of it is not,” says Northvale Mayor Ed Piehler.

On Twitter, people have been using the hashtag #FightForVivienne to show their support. “Vivienne sees most of these videos and gets a kick out of them,” said Piehler.

Brenna D’Amico of The Descendants tells Vivienne, “I heard you are the coolest 7-year-old on the planet,” in a video before breaking into the song You and Me from The Descendants 2. Other favorites of Vivienne who have contributed include fellow Descendant China Anne McClain and Casey Simpson of Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn fame.

“The school community, as well as the community at large, is dedicated to supporting Vivienne and her family in all ways possible,” said Superintendent Michael Pinajian. “Our thoughts and prayers are with her.”

“Words cannot express the love we have for everyone,” she adds. “We appreciate all for their kind words, actions and generosity. Our community has become part of our family; we are thankful that they have stood by us in the hardest time of our lives.”

Vivienne Knopp passed away on December 5, 2017.

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