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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

Hey Buddy

Hey Buddy,

I hope this letter finds you doing well. It has been a couple of months since I have sat down and wrote you a letter. My last posting on caringbridge wasn’t a letter to you but more thoughts on this whole screwed up situation. I don’t think it was one of my better writings… I go through such emotional array of thoughts and feelings every day. It’s hard sometimes to sort them out and even harder to write them in a way that makes sense.

I’ve really missed you the last couple of weeks and I am hoping it is just the winter time blues. This past weekend I started a fire in the fireplace using real wood and not the chemical logs. I remember how much you loved the warmth and smell of a real fire. I can’t wait for it to be warm enough to use the fire pit in the driveway.

This past weekend was Valentine day so Jackie went to Ann Arbor to visit a friend…A BOYFRIEND!!! Man, I needed you here so we could sit around and complain about her growing up and having a life!!! It was the coldest day of the year so far and she decided to go to Ann Arbor. It sounded like she still had fun and thankfully she made it there and back without any issues. However, I did get a little worried when she didn’t answer my texts or phone calls for several hours but we worked it out and we’re back to being nice to each other. I blame the boyfriend!!! So far, this boy seems to be following our two simple rules; respect and treat her well. I sure hope it stays that way… I’m getting too old to keep hiding bodies!!!

Hey, don’t forget to watch over your mom when she goes in for her surgery early in March. I mean, you don’t need to actually watch… just be there to comfort her. This should take care of a lot of her “problems” she always wanted to tell you about- LOL!!! Thinking about it, there is a whole list of kin folks on mom's side of the family that could use watching over. Uncle Bob and his heart pump and Cousins Lynn and Rodney with their battle against cancer…Good Grief!!!!

Well, I better let you get back to doing that Angel thing. Take care of yourself and don’t forget to answer your text…

Love & Miss You Buddy!!!

Dad, Mom and Jackie
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9 Comentarios

joilynn gambrell
Hi Roy and Family
Just want to say Hi and tell you I miss seen you at work .Hope to see you soon so we can have own journey talk. Tell your family I said and hope to see them soon . The wedding is June 20,2015. Tell your sister I sais Hi . Love to all Joilynn Gambrell
Deanna Heath
By Deanna
Stay warm, thank you for continuing to share your thoughts and letters to Justin. ♡
Kim Vaughn
By Kim Vaughn
Thoughts of summer nights, relaxing by the fire pit, are so welcome right now....those days can't come soon enough! I can't help but laugh as you share the Jackie story with Justin (and pretty much blame "the boyfriend"...all in fun, right?!). He sounds like a great guy, and he's lucky he's following those rules. I'm pretty sure Jackie's smart enough to know she only deserves the best, though!

Special prayers for Carolyn with her upcoming surgery, for the other family members dealing with various health issues, and for all of you as you continue on. Justin is missed...always remembered and always loved!
Bob and Julie Stafford
By Julie Stafford
I have never met you but I am awe of how beautifully you express yourself. I am sure it helps to write to J
Justin and I feel he probably shows the letter to all the angels and beams with pride. May God bless you as you walk this path.
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Michelle Gregorich
By Michelle Gregorich
I laughed at your humor through my tears. I will never stop reading these as long as you continue to post. I am sure justin loves getting them too!
It's a reminder of how hard we need to work to find a cure!
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Theresa Payne
By Theresa Payne
Your family is always in my thoughts and prayers. Sending extra ones out to the rest of them too.
Faye Glick
By Faye
Your angel felt the warmth from the real wood burning fire that you lit for him....
I'm sure the surgery will go well & Justin will be watching out for his mom...& Uncle Bob and Lynn & Rodney...
lori seguin
By sending lots of hugs and prayers to you all.
sending lots of hugs and prayers to you all.
lori seguin
By sending lots of hugs and prayers to you all.