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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!!!

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Just Thought I Would Write You A Letter

Good Evening Buddy,

I wish I had something new to write about but I really don't. I just needed to write you...The date you died has passed and your funeral would have been today. Everyone remembers the day of your funeral because of all the rain and flooding. We like to think it was the angels crying with us when we finally said good bye...

Even after a year it still feels weird not having you here... I'm not sure it will ever feel right again. It's that new normal thing I keep writing you about. You know what I worry about? You sitting around heaven feeling sad that all of us aren't together or that your missing out on what you really enjoyed doing. I really hope this isn't the case and you're to busy watching over us or visiting people on that side. The one place I like to visit is your room. Over the past year I've tried picking up and organizing your room several times to no avail. I like going in there just to look around and remember... I opened the blinds to let the sunshine in and the darkness out. It will always be your room and you're welcome there anytime.

Oh my gosh!!! I finally get to tell you, Bill and Melissa are expecting!!! I don't need to tell you how excited all of us are about this. Now your mom and I will become the new Brody and Lois; spoil the kid rotten and send it home all hopped up on sugar. Lord help Bill and I if its a girl.... there will be no stopping your sister cleaning Kohl's out of cloths for her (or him)!!! Hopefully the gate will get a lot of use and the kid will be down here as much as you and your sister were up there. More about that later. We are really excited !!!

What's up with your Tigers? It's not looking good for them to make the playoffs this year. They started out like a ball of fire then fizzled out. If they can get it together now, they may have a chance at a wild card birth. On a good note, your favorite player, Prince Fielder, is having an awesome season with Texas (.325 avg. 17 HR, 66 RBI). I remember you arguing with anyone and everyone who said something bad about him, especially Chris Draper. I thought for sure you and him were going to go at it right there in the Wings locker room. Maybe you were right and we should have kept him... Are you being his angel in the outfield just to prove your point? LOL!!!! You know, Kris and Dennis hung your Fathead of Prince next to your picture on their Tiger wall in the basement. I don't believe they would have done that for anyone but you...(rotten kid).

Okay buddy that's all I have for now. Thanks for listening to me ramble on. Oh one last thing, we are doing the St. Jude walk this year. It's September 26 at Dodge Park. Like we promised, we will walk or do whatever we can to help support the people trying to find a cure. I hope we have a good turn out.

Love and miss you very much!!!! 😇💔💔💔 😔

Mom, Dad & Jackie.

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4 Comentarios

Kim Vaughn
By Kim Vaughn
Congratulations to Bill & Melissa...how awesome! I'm sure this little one will bring so much joy to all of your lives (and be perfectly spoiled!). There's tons of cute baby boy clothes, too (lol, there's no stopping a girl when she wants to shop)!

It sounds like Justin's room holds so much of him that it helps make you feel extra close to him. There's nothing wrong with keeping it like that for as long as you guys want or need to have it that way. I'm glad you can find some peace being in there.

The Tigers. I. Can't. Even. LOL, they need all the help they can get!

I hope to be there on the 26th - Stacy had emailed me about it, but I still need to get all my stuff organized so I can check the date. (It's been a whirlwind lately and I'm scattered!) I will know soon, but am always hoping these events are filled with tons of people and support! St. Jude rocks, and I love their events - it's fun participating and amazing to be involved behind the scenes to make them happen!

My thoughts and prayers continue for your family!
Colleen Jachcinski
By Colleen Jachcinski
I continue to pray for your family. Sending hugs to, all of you. ♥
Sally Townsend
By Sally Townsend
One day in heaven is like a thousand years on earth. Isn't it strange? In eternal life our time on earth is supposed to feel like a blink of an eye, yet when we lose someone, our earth-bound years feel like an eternity. He's waiting, but I bet he's not wanting for anything-time is flying for him and in a blink of his eye, we will all be right there behind him.
Faye Glick
By Faye
The angels were crying for Justin....not hard to believe. Those very same angels must be keeping keeping Justin company....