In Memory Of ...

David Philip Lalonde
23 August 1980 - 29 October 2001


David died at the age of 21 after being diagnosed with cancer (brain
tumor) and living for 15 months. He endured three brain surgeries, one year of chemotherapy and all of the radiation he could have in his lifetime. Despite all of this, he never lost his smile and he never stopped giving back to others.

I often wonder how one so young could be so wise. David had the amazing ability to see the beauty in every person he met... even though it was
sometimes well hidden. He was kind and gentle and so much fun to be with.

David worked as a support worker for children that have dissabilities. As
he was undergoing treatment, he completed his last year of college. This was an amazing thing to do as he was very sick from the chemotherapy and radiation. It was so important to him to finish what he had started and with the help of his wonderful teachers who came to our home to teach him because he was so vulnerable to infection at school, he was able to graduate.

David had a girlfriend named Kim who he was in love with. They were a couple for two years. He had more friends than anyone I have ever known. At his service there were over 500 people attending. The interesting thing about that was the wide array of people. There were people from every walk of life and of all ages. I remember thinking... when did David get the chance to meet all of these people.

David died at home with his friends and family by his side. I miss him more than I could ever convey in words. He often comes to me in my dreams and I am so grateful for this.

David is the finest person I have ever known and I am so honored that I got to be his mom. I will miss him every day of my life.

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