Mountain Valley High School mourns death of student athlete

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RUMFORD —  Most Mountain Valley High School sports were postponed Thursday in honor of Daniel Garneau, a 17-year-old junior who lost his battle with leukemia that day at a Portland hospital.

Garneau was a popular athlete who played football, baseball and basketball. He was set to join the Falcons football team last fall when he was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia.

It was his involvement with football that brought him a measure of nationwide fame. When the documentary “The Rivals” was screened last year, most of the proceeds were given to Garneau’s family.

The film, a 90-minute documentary chronicling the 2007 football rivalry between Mountain Valley and Cape Elizabeth, went on to win several awards. Garneau was a member of that team and his father, Jeff, was shown in the film volunteering at a spaghetti dinner.

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Donations from the film screenings were followed by other efforts meant to help the Garneau family as Daniel battled the disease. In Rumford, the yearly basketball shootout was organized so that all admissions were passed along to the family.

Now the community is grieving Garneau’s passing.

Garneau died one day before he was to be inducted into the National Honor Society, according to his obituary.

He lived on Somerset Street in Rumford with his father, his mother, Kim, and brother, Kevin.

Funeral services are scheduled Tuesday afternoon at the Mountain Valley High School auditorium.

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