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A REAL LIFE HERO 



Chris was diagnosed at age 15 with T cell lymphoblastic lymphoma....that much is true...however....

Cancer did not define who Chris was and always will be to those that love him,

Chris, taught us what strength and courage and dignity is all about, not once did he ever complain throughout his entire 5 year battle with the beast of cancer.....

He showed us all that we have nothing to complain about, nothing to whine about, and what it takes to just live day to day....

Mom created the CaringBridge journal almost 7 years ago and Chris being the quiet person he was did not complain that mom was telling his story to the world....
CaringBridge enabled Chris to help so many other families with children fighting the beast, but he pretended that he never read moms posts...

Chris touched so many people, over 300 people attended his funeral, many we never even met...
Chris inspired a teacher at his school so much even though he never really got a chance to go to highschool...that she, has made a reward in Christophers name for a deserving student that has struggled with things, a reward given out once a year to a deserving student, money to carry on with their education...

For anyone that may wish to contribute to the annual "Chris Gist Memorial Award" the name of his high school is Dr. G. W. Williams High School in Aurora, Ontario...wouldn't it be wonderful to get this going with even more donations!  If you are interested in making a donation in Chris's memory please email me at:
leslieandian@gmail.com and I will give you more information...or you can send a donation directly to his school...thankyou

There is a memorial garden at his highschool and his school had a plaque made with his name and planted a rose in his honour...

WE MUST NEVER FORGET OUR BRAVE CHRISTOPHER...an unwitting HERO
As Gist would say "It's all good"

www.caringbridge.org/ca/christophersfight 
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Thankyou to Linda, Christopher's unrelated Bone Marrow Donor....
we need more people like you in the world...
Please consider becoming a bone marrow donor and blood donor, its the best gift you will ever give....
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Be sure to visit my Facebook group I've created in honour of Chris and my goal to raise awareness about Childhood Cancer at:

Gold Ribbon Campaign for Childhood Cancer Awareness

http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=5540124899



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Christopher is laid to rest at the Aurora Cemetary, Section O, (Aurora, Ontario off of Yonge St.) right beside the roadway, south end of the grave yard, we still do not have a stone, but there are 4 corner stones at the head and foot area...we are moving July 10th so, if any one that lives nearby decides to visit him...do me a favour and water his flowers...

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I HOPE...

I hope you never have to hear the words, "Your child has cancer."

I hope you never have to hear, "The prognosis is not good."

I hope you never have to prepare to undergo radiation or chemotherapy, have a port surgically inserted into their chest, be connected to IV poles.

Look at you with fear in their eyes and say, "Don't worry Mommy, everything will be okay.'

I hope you never have to hold your child as they vomit green bile.

I hope you never have to feed them ice chips for lunch.

I hope you never have to watch the "cure" you pray for slowly take away their identity, as they

lose their hair,

become skeletal,

swell up from steroids,

develop severe acne,

become barely or unable to walk or move,

and look at you with hope in their eyes and say,

"It's going to be okay, Mommy."

I hope that you never have to stay in the hospital for weeks, months, or years at a time, where there is no privacy, sleeping on a slab, with your face to the wall, where you cry in muffled silence.

I hope you never have to see a mother, alone, huddled, in a dark hospital corridor...crying quietly, after just being told, "There is nothing more we can do."

I hope you never have to watch a family wander aimlessly, minutes after their child's body has been removed.

I hope you never have to use every bit of energy you have left, with all of this going on around you to remain positive, and the feelings of guilt, sorrow, hope and fear, overwhelm you.

I hope you never have to see a child's head bolted to the table as they receive radiation.

I hope you never have to take your child home (grateful but so afraid) in a wheelchair because the chemo and radiation has damaged their muscles, 35 pounds lighter, pale, bald, and scarred.

And they look at you with faith in their eyes and say, "It's going to be okay Mommy."

I hope you never have to face the few friends that have stuck beside you and hear them say, "Thank God that is over with,"...because you know it never will be.

Your life becomes a whirl of doctors, blood tests and MRI's and you try to get your life back to "normal".

While living in mind-numbing fear that any one of those tests could result in hearing the dreaded words...

"The cancer has returned" or "The tumor is growing."

And your friends become even fewer.

I hope you never have to experience any of these things...Because...only then...

Will you understand...





 










 








FOREVER 19, Forever in our HEARTS...
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Tributes and Condolences
How We Survive   / Mark Rickerby (stranger)
Sorry to bother you but I wrote the poem How We Survive and would appreciate a credit.  Plagiarists all over the internet are stealing it and it is sacred ground to me because I wrote it after my brother died.  Thanks.  - Mark Rickerby
How we Survive   / Milena Durbic (none)
How We Survive If we are fortunate we are given a warning. If not there is only the sudden horror the wrench of being torn apart; of being reminded that nothing is permanent not even the ones we love the ones our lives revolve around. Life is a fra...  Continue >>
3rd Angel Date   / MOM (mother)
Today and tonight, Feb 27/05 was your last time here on earth...at 1:10 am Feb. 28/05 you breathed your last laboured breath...my heart broke...but my heart was lightened as strange as that may seem, you would never be healed and your suffering was t...  Continue >>
The Headstone   / Gist's Mom (MOM)
Dear Sweet Angel...

Today I was informed that your headstone has finally been erected...I take this news with mixed emotions...

The stone was erected on Friday, Sept. 28, 2007

I love you
Mom
Remembering you and Christopher   / Yolanda Rogers
Remembering you and Christopher as his 22nd birthday approaches. May our Lord's Light continue to lead you, follow you, surround you.
Remembering you and Christopher  / Yolanda Rogers     Read >>
Missing u on Valentines Day  / Mum (Mum)    Read >>
Christopher / Paula Snyder     Read >>
Christopher / Dale Ashcraft (friend)    Read >>
Virtual Cemetary  / MOM     Read >>
just wanted to say hi  / Rachel's Mom     Read >>
OCT 23rd a special day  / MOM     Read >>
Brave Children  / Georgina -. Holly Clarke Mum     Read >>
Hope You Have Had A Blessed Thanksgiving!  / Dianne White/Mom Of Angel Nicholas     Read >>
Thinking of you  / Margaret Daughter Of ^i^ Nellie Buonpane (Someone who cares )    Read >>
More tributes and condolences...
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His legacy
Things Christopher loved....  
Christopher,  from the time he was a toddler loved spicy food...

Some of Chris's fav things in life

Hockey, Go Leafs Go

Snowboarding...

Skateboarding most of all!

Taco's

Stupid movies like Jay and Silent Bob...

Ren and Stimpy...
The Simpsons...
Family Guy...

Loved to listen to what I call 'Kill your parent's type of music'  sounded to me like a guy just screaming...I used to ask him if he knew what they were yelling about and Chris would just grin at me...and say "no"

Steak, baked potato, ceasar salad and escargot...

as a youngster he started his collecting phase....rocks....tons of hockey cards...

he loved getting new shoes...instead of pics of girls, he put up cut outs from skateboard mag's of shoes!!

he loved money LOL

he enjoyed farting and aiming it at me...!

he loved thumb wrestling...

he had a great joy of making me suffer through endless Adam Sandler movies...cuz he knew how much the guy annoys me LOL

he liked rum and coke....
with lime

he loved having me rub his feet...and back...

he loved living here in Aurora...
A REAL LIFE HERO  
Chris was diagnosed at age 15 with T cell lymphoblastic lymphoma....that much is true...however....

Cancer did not define who Chris was and always will be to those that love him,

Chris, taught us what strength and courage and dignity is all about, not once did he ever complain throughout his entire battle with the beast of cancer.....

He showed us all that we have nothing to complain about, nothing to whine about, and what it takes to just live day to day....

Mom created the CaringBridge journal almost 5 years ago and Chris being the quiet person he was did not complain that mom was telling his story to the world....
CaringBridge enabled Chris to help so many other families with children fighting the beast, but he pretended that he never read moms posts...

Chris touched so many people, over 300 people attended his funeral, many we never even met...
Chris inspired a teacher at his school so much even though he never really got a chance to go to highschool...that she, has made a reward in Christophers name for a deserving student that has struggled with things, a reward given out once a year to a deserving student, money to carry on with their education...

There is a memorial garden at his highschool and his school had a plaque made with his name and planted a rose in his honour...

WE MUST NEVER FORGET OUR BRAVE CHRISTOPHER...an unwitting HERO
As Gist would say "It's all good"
www.caringbridge.org/ca/christophersfight
 
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