I’ve been an educator since 2008. However, I’ve been working in the education system since December, 2000.
In March 18, 2015, I lost a student to a wave pool drowning accident that resulted in drowning. The student was everything you looked for in an exemplary pupil with good character. She was also a kind-hearted individual who genuinely cared for every person she got to know.
On July 23, 2014, I lost another someone special to pneumonia. I watched this individual grow up and flourish right before my eyes, despite his developmental and physical disabilities. We were briefly reunited whilst I was working as a recreational worker at a non-profit organization working to educate individuals with developmental disorders. Only to be torn away by some killer disease that has no empathy for its victims.
And now another individual has touched my life. His name is Evan Leversage and he was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour. On October 24, 2015, his town, St. George, ON., celebrated Christmas early because it was Evan’s favourite holiday and doctors told his parents he wouldn’t make it to December 24, 2015. He is currently in a hospice in palliative care.
I know it may be too much to ask for a cure. But I am hoping that this little boy gets to see the real Christmas and celebrate it with family like every other kid in the world.
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Evan’s family has partnered with the Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada to raise money for brain tumour research through “Evan’s Legacy,” a new subsidiary foundation named in his honour.
December 6, 2015 update
Evan Leversage, the little boy who was battling brain cancer and whose hometown of St. George, Ont., held an early Christmas parade in his honour, has died; 18 days short of Christmas.
“It is with heavy hearts that we announce the death of seven-year-old Evan Leversage at Stedman Community Hospice early this morning,” the Brantford, Ont., hospice said early this morning.
“Evan died peacefully and pain-free in his mom Nicole Wellwood’s arms.”
Evan, I hope your sleeping peacefully and dreaming the most blissful dreams possible. I also trust that heaven’s gates opened to you and welcomed you with open arms. Cause you, your integrity and courage are invaluable to the community that hovers over us from above. REST IN PEACE, MY FRIEND.