When I was first starting high school, the new "frequently used jokes" were dead baby jokes. That's right, dead baby jokes. It was sickening, especially since I had a little brother in the hospital with Stage 4 Neuroblastoma.
Phin was my baby brother, and a hero to all who knew him. Even during his time in the ICU, when many others would have given up, he laughed, danced to Boom Boom Pow, sang along to Soul Sister, and smiled through the pain. When his brother was born, he would ask for "his baby" and pet his head while they laid together.
I remember some nights, we'd drive there in our van, eat dinner at the hospital, stay there until visiting hours were over, and head back home. My stepmom always stayed with Phin, spending countless days and nights in the hospital.
When Phin needed a bone marrow transplant, my other little brother Liam stepped in. Liam's always been a timid child, but when he needed to help his brother he didn't back down at all, and I respect him for that.
Unfortunately, Phin succumbed to cancer a year ago, on May 3rd, 2011. We were all devastated, but as time passed we grew stronger and appreciated the little things in life. Phin taught us many valuable lessons during his short time here, and he will never be forgotten.
Written May 3, 2011 3:42pm
Please pause a moment in honor of a valiant, tenacious, brave little man that has taught us that there is beauty in every day of life. Hug your babies a little tighter. Appreciate the times that they try your patience. Love them a little bit more.
After two years 6 months and 3 days with us, our brave Phinean took his final breath this afternoon. We are obviously heartbroken to have lost our sweet boy in this long and strenuous battle. But we are filled with peace knowing that he is no longer suffering.
He has taught our family, and all those who know him, that there can be joy, even in the hardest of times. That a smile goes a long way. That music can heal your soul. And that it's not over til it's over. All our love to you dear Phinean. We miss you already.