Sunday, December 25, 2011

Rest in Peace Colin Our Friend

On a day of great joy and celebration for the Miracle of Christmas, we are given the sad news of the loss of a friend. For you who have followed this blog through the years, you know how much of an inspiration Colin was to Bailey and our whole family. And I thank our nurse Dave for introducing us to Colin that late night on the Heart Center shortly after finding out that Bailey had been listed for a heart transplant. Colin, a heart transplant recipient himself, took our whole family by the hand, together with his friend, Brandon, and led us through an adventure of a lifetime. As Josie said earlier today, "Colin and Brandon made being in the hospital fun." It takes a special person to be able to do that. Colin, I hope you know just how special you are to us. Your short stays at Riley were timed perfectly to lift Baileys spirits just when she needed it. Those nights when you weren't allowed to see each other for medical reasons so you would play Battleship over the phone. We attended the Christmas and summer transplant parties together til Bailey was fnally kicked out of the group for not having received a transplant. You would come visit at the hospital and we would talk for hours! All the while you were building hope and confidence in Bailey and our family that all would be "normal" after transplant. God had a different plan for Bailey and she was able to come off the transplant list without receiving a new heart, but that in no way lessened the impact that you had on our lives. We will forever cherish our memories together. Thank you for being our friend, brother to my girls, and hero to us all. Love and miss you always.



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