Jan 29, 2012

The Kids ~ Jules & Gary

October 2009
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Summer 2007
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The Kid
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Exactly one year ago cancer took my nephew, Jules. He was 11. He had neuroblastoma, four fucking times in his short life. I Skyped my sister and her family in Lausanne, Switzerland today, where Jules lived and died. She's a nurse and helped/helps treat children with the dreaded disease. They are doing well and held and outdoor party (with a nice fire, which he loved) in his honour. Jules was a passionate boy. Always but always full of life. You can see it in his eyes. He made you happy to be part of his joy and he always smiled. I was his crazy mon oncle moe. I thought about maybe posting about him but wasn't sure if I should or even could. Then I read this story about Gary Carter and his fight for life with glioblastoma. It triggered this post. We all know someone who has been or is being ravaged by this sick disease. My Jules loved sports, school, family, friends and Tintin. Gary represented much of the same qualities and growing up an Expos fan, I really liked him. Montreal did too. We can't imagine the pain cancer victims feel. We can only wish them peace and to be as well as they can be. Rest well Gary. Rest in peace Jules. Give before it hurts.
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  1. What a beautiful boy. Hugs, Moeman!

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    1. Thx Steve. Just sharing. My Dad was diagnosed 11 years ago on Dec 14th. He died 17 days later on the 31st. Pancreatic.

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  3. Anonymous1:19 AM

    My deepest sympathies, it always hurts but it hurts much more when it's a child. I pray they find a cure.

    Tourist

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  4. (wiping away the tears)...I lost my father to a brain tumour 11 years ago next month and it still hurts to this day. Stories like Gary's and Jules's just tear me apart. They fight every day with the hope that there will be a miracle or that all the researchers and scientists will find a cure...and that they will find it in time to help them so that they can continue all the great things they have started...my Dad worked right up until the very end, but when the tumour shifted (or grew) and took his eyesight, he became resigned that his battle was futile. Two weeks later, after an 18 month struggle, he finally left us...

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    1. These stories are truly heartfelt KmaXXX.

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  5. Moeman et al: My deepest sympathies, losing someone we love always hurts, but when a child is stricken, it can only be heart-wrenching. As a mother I can only imagine the pain and helplessness your sister must have felt. This year my daughter signed up for the Cancer Society's Walk for a Cure. Between work and school fundraising will be a little tough but I'll help as much as I can.

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    1. Good for her juce. I've done the walks, they're worth it. Met lots of people that survived cancer. Very inspirational. A gal pal of mine recently did the Relay for life run in Afghanistan.

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    2. Let's keep our fingers crossed for good weather on the day.

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  6. That is so sad, my condolescences Moe. My neice lost her boy, Drew, at age 2 about eight years ago. We all remember and wonder what he would like today.

    I think I will stop off and pick up something to spoil my grandkids with on the way home....

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    1. Thx Bro. Hug em' hard.

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  7. Mr. natural12:05 PM

    PHUCKIN' Cancer, that shit is everywhere! We all are prepared to deal with death around us but children....it's just so difficult to understand.

    Much thoughts, prayers and sympathy to all who have had to bear that kind of pain.

    So go home and kiss your wife and hug your kids, take a minute out from the rat race we are running around in.

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    1. Yep, gotta stop and smell the roses.

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    1. Hold your Cup high boys.
      Screw you, cherry.

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  9. I remember when moe told me about his nephew last year. It was almost too much to bear. Thoughts with you and your family moe, always.

    Lost my dad to cancer, and mom of 29 is a breast cancer survivor. It affects all of us. But an 11 year old, or any child, is just too much. Do what you can everyone.

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    1. Yup, we are all affected.

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  10. So tragic at such a young age, a life of endless possibilities cut so short. We should all be thanking our lucky stars that we can come on here and our biggest bitch in life is the Habs.

    Can you imagine having to create a bucket list at tender age of 15.

    http://alicepyne.blogspot.com/

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    1. Moey knows, we are the lucky ones.

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  11. So sorry about your nephew, moeman. Children shouldn't have to go through something like that. Really puts everything into perspective.

    Lost my grandmother to pancreatic cancer. I hate the C-word.

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  12. I am so sorry for your loss. Cancer is such an awful thing. I lost my father and a few people on his side of the family due to it. Terrible rotten disease.

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  13. Anonymous9:36 PM

    I'm so, so sorry you all lost Jules. What a face. What a smile. He was a little artist? Very cute drawing. I'm sure he's looking down at you all and telling you that he's safe and happy now. God Bless.

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