I was one of Paulie's teachers when he attended RA. He was a funny, creative, friendly, kind young boy. I enjoyed having him in class and in camp. I also had Edie in class. My thoughts are with the family. I since known a few adults who have suffered with sarcoma.
Peace be with you!!
Dear Paul, as long as I am alive I will never miss an event to honor your life. I only met your Dad three months ago, but I promise I will always be by his side to support him and help keep your memory alive.
Paulie, I will be walking to school on the first day to Middle School for you and my brother.
My Dearest Paul, Joanna, Edie and Juliette,
We think of you on so many mornings and wonder how each of you are doing.
This is our first time visiting this beautiful site and we are in awe of what you have been inspired to do for your Paulie.
We know and, are sure, he is forever proud.
We will continue to support your wonderful Foundation however we can.
Please take good care.
Thinking of you always....
Steve and Candy
JESUS Loves the Little Children...
March 18th 2016
I really hope that somehow this message reaches you. Happy Birthday little buddy. Today you should have turned 11 years old….
11 years ago today was the happiest day in our lives. Mommy and I became parents for the first time when you were born. We were so excited to meet you and instantly fell in love with you, our perfect little boy. I always knew that you would have the best mommy in the world but I didn’t know if I would be a good daddy. I knew that I loved you with all of my heart and that I would try my very best to teach you everything about the world and keep you safe. You made me want to be the best daddy in the world because you were the best son a father could ever have.
11 years later, this is one of the saddest days in our lives. You brought so much joy and happiness to our family and I miss you so very very much. I still find it so hard to understand why you are not here with us. I cry every day, thinking about all of the fun things we did together and knowing that it won’t happen again. I miss our father and son trips to watch football games, I miss having a catch with you, I break down and lose it every time I pass the field where you played football and little league. I miss our bike rides, building our legos and our time on the couch playing video games, watching movies and just talking like buddies. You were more than just my son Paul, you were my best friend and my hero. Mommy and your sisters miss you so much too. Nothing in our house is the same without you. We can still hear your voice when we look into your bedroom. I still find myself setting your place at the table…. I can’t walk through a store without seeing something cool that I’d want to get for you and then the pain of losing you comes right back and hits me like a ton of bricks. I am trying to be strong for the girls like I know you would want but it’s been so hard. Edie and Juliette are having a hard time without you. They really miss their big brother. They talk about you all the time and they kiss your picture every morning and every night.
Your 5th grade class concert was this week at school and your cousin Alexi made a special dedication of song for you. It was Bruno Mars, Count On Me. They did a really great job and it was so hard for them because they all miss you so much too.
Mommy and I turned the PaulieStrong tshirt campaign that we started into a foundation in your memory to help educate people on the lack of funding for children’s cancers and we are trying to raise as much money as we can to help find a cure. I wish they had found one before your cancer Paul. We are going to change the world in your name. I promise. You wouldn’t believe this, but we sold 1,600 #Pauliestrong Shirts and I have a feeling that a lot of people will be wearing them today for your birthday.
I’m not really sure anymore about what I believe in when it come to religion but if you are out there and you can see what we are doing, I think you’ll be proud. Mommy and I could really use a “Paulie hug” right now. Edie and Juliette need one too. The pain is just unbearable without you. Every day is a struggle to get through. We will always cherish all the great times we had together with you. I wish I could carry you on my shoulders for the rest of my life. (Remember your favorite book that I used to read to you when you were little?) “Up On Daddy’s Shoulders” I’m going to bring it to the cemetery for you today. I will always picture you up on my shoulders, its where you belong.
Please know that we all love you and miss you so much and we will never forget your smile, your laugh, your face, your love…
We Love You Paul. Happy Birthday!!!
Love Daddy, Mommy, Edie and Juliette.