Colin and his family have participated in several of the Honorine St. Jude events over the past few years. Here’s a brief look at his story.
In June 2009, on the day Colin was due to celebrate his second birthday with extended family, his little legs collapsed beneath him when his mother, Tamiko, tried to wake him up from bed. The day before, Colin had been running with his older brother and eating ice cream. Now he couldn’t move.
At the emergency room, scans revealed the presence of a large tumor in the forth ventricle of Colin’s brain, an area that controls some of the body’s most basic functions. It was an ependymoma, a malignant tumor that makes up approximately 6 percent of brain tumors in children. Colin’s parents obtained a referral to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital for Colin’s ongoing care.
At St. Jude, Colin received surgery, chemotherapy and radiation. He and his family returned home in 2010, and for eight more years he continued to enjoy life with his family.
Sadly, Colin’s cancer eventually returned and on March 17, 2018, Colin’s fight ended peacefully surrounded by the loving care of family and friends at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Over the past eight years, Colin touched the lives of many with his charming sense of humor and cheerful attitude that outshone the cloud of his illness. In 2016, Colin was sworn in as the youngest deputy member of the Ithaca Police Department. He was also deputized by the Wilton Fire Department during last year’s Honorine St. Jude Golf Classic.
Thousands mourned his loss in the days following his passing as tributes were shared from the British media to supporters in Hawaii, and just about everywhere in between.
Colin’s family wrote, “We would like to thank our St. Jude family for the continued love and support. Everybody here worked to help us create a positive environment to enjoy these last days together as a family.”
Colin, from all of us who got to know you through your visits to the Honorine St. Jude Golf Classic tournaments, we are honored to have known you and feel the warmth of your infectious smile. You will be missed.
We have been inspired by your courage, and we will continue to carry on with our efforts to help the fight against childhood cancer.