Tuesday, July 10, 2007
I took this story from te Irving paper. My deepest sympathy to the family. Yes, life is indeed a very short ride.
Moncton MLA's son dies of rare cancer, age 13
Sean Christopher Collins was determined to live an active life despite his illness
The son of Moncton East MLA Chris Collins died early yesterday morning after a courageous battle with cancer, seven days after his 13th birthday.
Sean Christopher Collins was first diagnosed with a rare children's cancer called rhabdomyosarcoma four years ago and struggled with
it for the remainder of his young life, bravely fighting relapses after seeing the disease go into remission several times.
A close friend of the family told the newspaper yesterday the boy passed away at 2 a.m. in his own bed, surrounded by his family and a few friends.
"He told his mom and dad that he loved them, closed his eyes and was gone," he said.
The boy, who inspired thousands of New Brunswickers throughout his ordeal with his cheerful yet thoughtful demeanour and his determination to live an active life, is survived by his parents Christopher Michael Collins and Lisette Marie Richard and grandparents George and Melba Collins and Roger and Claudette Richard.
He leaves behind also numerous aunts. uncles and cousins as well as many friends.
Born on July 2, 1994, young Collins was a swimmer and skier and played both hockey and soccer until he was taken ill.
Even then, he continued with his love of sports and was well known to the QMJHL's Moncton Wildcats, and the NHL's Vancouver Canucks, who recently declared him their number one fan.
He was also an accomplished musician and continued to ski even during his debilitating cancer treatments.
The boy's illness became familiar to most people in the Metro area after his father, Chris Collins, started a campaign in 2004 to improve a provincial government program that provides some assistance to parents who need to accompany their children to hospital for treatment.
Later, Chris Collins ran unsuccessfully in Moncton East in the 2003 provincial election, but won a seat on Moncton city council the following year and was elected the Liberal member of the provincial legislature for Moncton East in a byelection, after former premier and Moncton East MLA Bernard Lord left politics following his government's defeat in the 2006 provincial election.
Funeral arrangements for Sean Collins are in the care of Tuttle Bros. Funeral Home on Lutz Street in Moncton, where visitations take place tomorrow from 7 to 9 p.m.
The funeral takes place at 11 a.m. on Thursday at Saint Augustine's Roman Catholic Church on Mountain Road.
I was happy to meet you today. I’ve attached a .pdf and .jpeg version of the poster you photographed this afternoon. Feel free to add as much or as little of the following to your website.
Thanks! Jeremy VanSlyke.
Trio Beausoleil will present a concert on Thursday, July 19 at 7:30 pm at Christ Church Cathedral (corner of Church and Brunswick Streets).
This ensemble consists of local musicians Jeremy VanSlyke, piano; Matthieu Deveau, violin; and Jae Young Chong, cello.
The concert will feature piano trio music by Haydn and Arensky. Trio Beausoleil has been selected to represent New Brunswick at the National Music Festival in August in the Chamber Group category.
There will be a freewill offering in support of the Charlotte Street Arts Centre.
IN EVERYTHING, DO TO OTHERS WHAT YOU WOULD HAVE
THEM DO TO YOU, FOR THIS SUMS UP THE LAW AND THE
( MATTHEW 7:12 *NIV )
Now this is often called the "Golden Rule." As God's
Children we are to obey this, for written in the law is: DO NOT
SEEK REVENGE OR BEAR A GRUDGE AGAINST ONE OF
YOUR PEOPLE, BUT LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOUR-
SELF. ( LEVITICUS 19:18 )
Also Jesus Christ said: "A NEW COMMAND I GIVE YOU:
LOVE ONE ANOTHER. AS I HAVE LOVED YOU, SO YOU
MUST LOVE ONE ANOTHER. BY THIS ALL MEN WILL
KNOW THAT YOU ARE MY DISCIPLES, IF YOU LOVE
ONE ANOTHER." ( JOHN 13:34-35 )
Thus the "Golden Rule" that Jesus taught us is the foundation
of goodness and mercy, the kind of love that God shows to us
each day! So Charles, BEAR WITH EACH OTHER AND FORGIVE
WHATEVER GRIEVANCES YOU MAY HAVE AGAINST ONE
ANOTHER. FORGIVE AS THE LORD FORGAVE YOU.
Amen. ( COLOSSIANS 3:13 )
In HIS Love & Service,
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