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Justin’s Story

Thank you for supporting us as our 13 year old son was diagnosed with a Glioblastoma Brain Tumor!  After a long and hard fought battle with cancer, my young super hero Justin passed away on August 07, 2014... He is one that will be missed by many!!!

Latest Journal Update

Catching You Up

Good Morning Buddy,

As time goes on, the continued reality of you being gone weighs heavy on our hearts. But the little things you continue to do lets us believe you’re here and helping us keep a light grip on sanity. Like the other day when Jackie found the clay fish fin that had broken off the fish you made in 6th grade. The fin had been missing since you brought it home from school in your backpack. From time to time mom would bring it up in casual conversation and wonder what happened to that fin…  So when Jackie came downstairs and asked mom, “What’s this”? Mom laughed and screamed, “It’s the fin! Where did you find it”? Jackie nervously grinned and replied,“In the middle of my bathroom floor”...  You know and I know that (her) bathroom upstairs is a wreck. It has however, been cleaned and picked up many times in the last 2 years.  So how is it, the darn thing magically turns up in the middle of the bathroom floor you two shared…? Nicely played!!! It was also a very nice thing you did on Valentine Day when your Mom and I sat down to play cards. I went to check my phone messages and somehow turned on Pandora. The music playing was a mash-up of “Pay Phone and Call Me Maybe” followed by Jason Mraz  “I’m Yours”.  Definitely a Justin playlist…

Mom’s surgery is next week and even though we are expecting everything to go fine, it’s still a hospital and doctors still call what they do a “practice”. Her surgery is on Thursdayand your birthday is on Saturday so we may have to settle for eating Pei Wei at home instead of a nice sit down dinner at PF Changs.  We all agreed this was your favorite restaurant, so every year we are going to celebrate your birthday by simply having dinner there and eating chicken lo mein. I don’t think we will get a cake this year…let the Superhero cake you got for your 13th birthday always be the one we remember. Besides, Vegas isn’t far off and I still need to get in my bikini body.


There was more good news reported; Our friend Jimbo had his brain tumor removed and thankfully it was benign.  As I am sure you already know, Jim is doing well but still may need a little help and comfort during the radiation treatments. Okay, now let’s get to work on our relatives who also have serious health issues could use help and needs good news!!! Be that angel on their shoulder and that hope in their life. (Practical jokes are optional).

In the next week or so I will need to start raising money for St. Baldricks. Remember last year we both shaved our heads to raise money to help find a cure.  This year I put a tribute page up on their website in your honor. Several people commented they will raise money by shaving heads(shavers) or having their heads shaved (shavies) in your honor. We just need to find a cure... https://www.stbaldricks.org/participants/mypage/770783/2015

That’s about all I need to tell you for now. Again buddy, thank you for helping and continue to be with us and all our friends. Remember to stay in touch with one or all of us!!!

Love you always!!!!


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Deanna Heath
By Deanna
The fin story definitely made my day! My daughter reminded me Justin's birthday is coming up. After reading your letter to Justin today, i think we will go to PF Chang's in his memory and have chicken lo mein. Ive never been and have never had that dish, lol Thank you again for sharing....God (and Justin) be with you ♡
Faye Glick
By Faye
Every time I see your writing starting with a "Hey Buddy"....well, it 's hard to put into words, I am so deeply touched. As for that missing fin lying in the middle of the floor of Jackie's bathroom, all I can say is 'Wow', your angel is close by. Justin is that angel sitting on your shoulder & giving hope to everyone who needs it....
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Phillis Wexler
By Phillis Wexler
Although I don't post comments very often, I do want you to know that I am thinking of Justin and your family. He will always be a part of your family and everyone who knew him. Thank you for sharing your memories. They prove that the little things in life are really the most important. And yes, we need to continue the fight for a cure!!!
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Dolores Moore
By Dee Moore, Waterville, MN (Aunt of Melissa & Bill)
Mr Townsend, You are an inspiration! Healing is a process. The feelings you share are wonderful. Please consider writing a book at some point. I am thankful that my niece Melissa and her hubby are so close to you and your family. They are tender and caring people. I love the picture that is now shared on this site. I wish I had lived in Michigan to have known what a humble family you are. Blessings and sending continued healing energy and memories of Justin.
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