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

Missing You

Hello My Friend,

It’s one of those days where everything reminds me of you! Yesterday was the St. Baldrick event in Romeo we went to last year. Thankfully our support group came through again and I was able to make my goal.  Mom was feeling well enough to go so we met Bill, Melissa and some of their friends (and ours) up there.  I was the only one to get my head shaved. The rest of them were a little afraid if the cut it off, it wouldn’t grow back.They donated money through the beer tent sales…LOL!!!  Melissa worked the event but she wasn’t shaving heads. She did however use her charm and talked to the event people so she was able to cut my hair. Remember how we loved the way our head / hair felt. That fuzzy feeling where we would just sit around and rub each other’s head (I’m doing it to myself right now). Like last year, we got a group picture with me sitting on the stool, Mel on one side but this time, Bill and Mom took your spot and were on the other side (Jackie was at work). Starting out, Melissa shaved the iconic “J” into the back of my head. Another picture was with Mel and I showing off my Super “J” tattoo… She and I both agree the picture we took last year of the three of us is among our favorites!!! I wish you could have…  

Your birthday has passed and there were more tears than It thought there would be. A lot of friends old and new and family were gracious enough to post on your f/b wall. We really enjoy reading how much you’re loved…We did order Pei Wei on your birthday. Hey, you never told me they had sushi there!!! When Jackie and I picked up our order I saw it on the menu and just had to add a couple of rolls.  Did you do anything special for your birthday? Don’t forget, Jackie’s birthday is on Friday. She will turn the big 21!!! What do you think we should do?  We have Kevyn and Brittney’s wedding that day so maybe we can convince Jackie its part wedding and part birthday party… You know her; as long as she gets to dress up she’ll be happy. She’s bringing her boyfriend… that’s all I got to say about that!!!

Mom is recovering nicely. She said the post operation pain is a lot less than the pre-op pain. Oh, by the way, the surprise Bill and Melissa brought over was a uterus cake…GROSS!!! It had eyeballs and teeth!! If you haven’t done so already, check it out on f/b.

Hey, I need to tell you something and I know you’re not going to be happy; I traded Tony Stewart for Kevin Harvick for the people I race against at work. I know Tony sent you a lot of cool stuff but he just wasn’t doing well this year. Let’s run with Kevin this year and I promise I will go back to him next year. If it makes you feel any better, Harvick is a driver for the Stewart/ Haas race team.

Well I guess I should wrap this letter up. I could go on and on telling you again and again how much we all love and miss you, but I think you already know… Behave yourself; don’t forget to show us you’re here every now and again.

Love and Miss you!!!

Dad, Mom and Jackie

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Kim Vaughn
By Kim Vaughn
Justin was definitely on my heart on his birthday....and had you all on my mind with the St Baldrick's event on Saturday. I wish I could've made it out there! One of the youth from my church (an exchange student from Brazil) participated in the shave! I was so proud to see him get involved...I made a donation in memory of Justin. Here's a link (if you scroll to the bottom, you'll see it): https://www.stbaldricks.org/participants/mypage/781685/2015

So, this is the start of Jackie's birthday week....I hope the celebrating starts early! (I have a feeling this birthday might be a year long celebration...haha!) Thinking of you all and hoping this week brings lots of smiles!
Deanna Heath
By Deanna
Thank you for sharing...wishing you and your family well.♡
Faye Glick
By Faye
I'm so glad to hear about all the friends old and new who posted on Justin's FB wall. It's a testament to Justin - how deeply he touched so very many people. All of you did.
If I were on FB I would have signed for sure...