Saying Goodbye To A Child

Have you ever heard a story about something really tragic happening to someone but somehow that person finds a way to turn pain into love? I experienced it in real life this month when I interviewed Eric and Jana David who lost their 10 year old son Dylan to brain cancer. The Los Angeles couple, who also has a 17 year old son, Chandler, were super brave and appeared on KTLA this month to share their heartbreaking journey. I wanted to help them tell their story because these two individuals are not only helping to educate others about childhood cancer, they are also using their talents to comfort others who are experiencing similar situations.

Shortly after Dylan’s death, Jana started sewing quilts, but not just any quilt. These particular quilts are made from the t-shirts of children who have died from cancer. Through her non-profit www.surroundedbylovequilts.org Jana then shares those quilts with families who have lost a loved one. To date, she has made nearly 40 quilts. She admits she could always use volunteers and donations to help with materials, postage, and marketing.

Eric is a writer and documented Dylan’s entire six year journey from diagnosis, to 3 brain surgeries to ultimately having to say goodbye. He tells the story that while Dylan was in the hospital, he looked at his Dad and said….”Please tell people, Remember just to love.” As you might expect, that is now the title of Eric’s manuscript.

Watching Eric and Jana as individuals and as a couple, inspired me and reminded me that we are all on a journey together. Our paths may be different, but the way we influence one another to react to the bumps in the road is the key. In the end, as Dylan continues to remind us, love conquers all.

 

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

To find Eric David on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ericjdavid
To donate to Jana’s Go Fund Me page: https://www.gofundme.com/surroundedbylove
Dylan’s brother Chandler: http://www.chandlersdavid.com/

3 Comments
  • Lu
    Posted at 14:10h, 25 September Reply

    Please share stories with me of people who are doing kind and positive acts in our community. You can email me at contact@luparker.com Thank you.

  • Ellen Jannol
    Posted at 20:05h, 25 September Reply

    Jana made us a quilt in loving memory of our youngest son, Joey, who died 6 years ago from a brain tumor. It is something I will always cherish. Thank you, Lu, for bringing Jana & Eric on to share their story..

    I originally met the Chandler’s through WeCan, an LA based organization for families who have a child with a brain tumor. First through WeCan Family Camp, ( when our boys were alive) and then at the WeCan Have Hope Family Camp for those families who have lost a child to brain cancer.

    So many stories in the Pediatric cancer community of bravery and love in the face of adversity. Helping other families as they navigate through a most heart wrenching journey is one way many of us have chosen to help with our grief., and honor our children.

    • Lu
      Posted at 15:04h, 11 October Reply

      Hi Ellen,
      Thank you for sharing your story with me. Jana and Eric are amazing. You and your husband must love the quilt made in honor of your son Joey. Telling their story reminded me of the love and light that exists in this world. I am sending you healing energy. xo
      Lu

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