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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

Mothers Day

Hello my Friend,

It’s good to talk to you again! May is here and school will be out in a little more than a month. If you would have stuck around you would be going into the 9th grade next year...I hope!! (LOL) You know for me being a grumpy old man, we sure miss  having a house full of your friends being loud and somewhat out of control.  It is nice when Jackie’s friends all come over like they use too. It brings the house to life.

Our Vegas trip is a little over a week away and the party has grown to 16 people. Mom and Jackie have been shopping for the trip and I have been working on losing a couple of pounds so I look good in my Speedo!  It has been a long, agonizing 19 months and this family needs to cut loose and catch a break!!! Like you’ve probably guessed, we picked Vegas because we knew you really wouldn’t like it… Like it or not buddy, I need you to watch over all of us and keep us safe. That’s part of being a Guardian Angel, and with the cast of characters going on this trip you may need to call in some re enforcements. 

I took you up north…well… I took your ashes up north. It was kind of weird and funny…I arrived at Uncle Dan’s, unloaded, went inside, sat down and all of a sudden remembered your remains were still in the truck. I immediately jumped up and said, “I have to go get him and bring him inside”. Now, I know you’re not in the little plastic box we keep on the mantle, but it is the remains of what you were. It just didn’t feel right leaving you out there in the truck. I remember when I left to come upnorth, mom didn’t want me to split up the ashes and take them up north. She said, "No, just take the whole box”. Yet, it has been okay to spread parts of you around… Crazy!!!

I sure wish the pain of losing you would ease up a little…As you know, I have lost a lot of people in my life but I’m telling you buddy, I have never experienced a loss or pain like this!!! There are days when you are constantly on my mind and I want to tell everyone I meet about you. There are nights I lay in the dark just missing you so much wishing I had just a little more time with you… I hope you know we did everything we could to save you… okay enough of that for now. I don’t want you to feel bad; I just want you to understand. You are loved and missed by a lot of people. There was NOTHING we would not have done if we thought it would help.

Hey, don’t forget Mother’s Day is coming up. It would be nice if you could somehow let your mom know you’re thinking about her. Mom and Jackie will be doing their traditional plant shopping and hotdog lunch with Grandma, aunt Pam and your cousin Amanda. They’ve been doing this every Mother’s Day for as long as I can remember. They will need to go early though, Jackie works in the afternoon. Don’t forget to tell your Grandma Townsend Happy Mother’s Day!!!  Knowing you the way I do, I think you’ll wish all the Mom’s in heaven a Happy Mother’s Day!!!   You may want to even consider playing a song or two on the guitar…or harp??? I would think heaven is keeping up with the times and moved away from the harps by now, right?

Well I’m glad we had this time chat. Go give Brodie a hard time, watch over all of our friends and family down here and remember to stop in when you’re in the neighborhood.

We love and miss you always!!! 

Mom, Dad and Jackie

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4 Comentarios

Joyce Michalik
By Joyce Michalik
We will always remember our super hero angel..Justin! He is forever in our hearts and minds.
Kim Vaughn
By Kim Vaughn
First, wishing all the ladies a happy mothers day! It sounds like they have some fun traditions to enjoy together! Hopefully there will be Justin signs everywhere.

I hope you all have an amazing trip to Vegas! That's quite the group!

If/when I ever meet or see your family, I hope you do share your memories about Justin. Praying the Mother's Day weekend is filled with lots of comfort and sweet memories 💗
Faye Glick
By Faye
These are truly the most amazing letters and always bring a tear to the eye. Justin was much loved by his family, friends and all those he touched from from afar. He's probably playing his guitar and serenading his grandma and the angels (I can still hear him singing Jason Mraz, 'I'm Yours').
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Adrianna l Leppek
These letters that you write to Justin are amazing and always brings happy/sad tears to my eyes. I'm sure they are therapeutic for you and I'm sure you help many others too!