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I hope this writing finds you doing well and adjusting to your new home in heaven. It’s been nearly 3 months since you left us and a little over one year since the nightmare began. I was looking back at the pictures from last year’s camping trip and you look so good. You’re laughing, playing guitar, and just being you!!! I would have never believed a week later I would be taking pictures of you in a hospital gown as you're being prepped for brain surgery. What’s even harder to believe is you were gone less than a year later. Everyone was hopeful and praying so hard you would be one of the miracle kids that defied all odds and beat cancer. No one was praying harder than me, mom and your sister for you to be cured. I’m sorry but apparently it wasn’t meant to be…You’ll have to ask God why? I’m so hurt and disappointed God didn’t answer our prayers. I have one thing in life that makes me truly happy… being yours and Jacqueline dad. I know, I know I still have Jacqueline and she needs me to protect her!!!
The trip to Memphis, our stay at St Jude and the holidays all seem to be a blur. This sure isn’t the case now. Since you’ve been gone, time has seemingly stopped. For us, it seems like you have been gone forever.
Your mom is doing well and her mammogram results have come back negative. See, all that worry about her not getting her treatment in time was for nothing. It did show how much you really love her. She really misses you… It was so nice of you to come and visit her in her dreams sing her a song and give her a hug. And the way you popped up your picture on her Kindle was classic…. That was you right??
Jackie is hanging in there. She misses you of course but doesn’t express it much. She and mom are up at Birchrun with the Biebuyck girls having a very much needed girls weekend. Jackie is doing a good job keeping mom and I in line. If it wasn’t for her telling us to suck it up, I think mom and I would walk around constantly crying. Funny thing, I still here your voice in my head saying, “Dad…be nice to Jackie”!!! Hey, if you get the chance, let her know that you’re watching over her. It would really mean a lot to her…
We all have decided to get and stay involved raising money for St Jude, Royal Oak Beaumont (Children’s Miracle Network) and the Ronald McDonald House. We’ve done two walks already and have a St Jude walk coming up on November 22nd at Lakeside Mall. Bill designed the team shirt and Melissa is our team captain. We are trying to get as many people as we can to join our team. WYCD is walking in your honor as well. Pretty cool, eh?
Well buddy that’s all the news for now. Tell all our friends and family on that side we all said “Hi”. I will write you again soon.
LOVE & MISS YOU VERY MUCH!!!
P.S. I got a Super "J" tattoo in your honor... trust me, you'll love it!!!