Christmas Parade

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Last night was the Christmas Parade in Fredericksburg, VA. It’s a big deal in a small town, and Spotless Mind was excited to be invited to walk with a local business’ entry. (A big thanks to Brandonbilt Foundations and Concrete Construction!)

The kids were excited to participate, but also kind of bummed that they weren’t allowed to throw out candy or anything like that. They made their banners and did their planning, and somewhere along the way, they decided to wear their “Hug Like David” t-shirts. I’m not sure if this next part was a conscious decision or if it happened spontaneously, but when the parade started, our “Hug Like David” kids started hugging people along the route.

I’m told that the crowd started looking for our group to get a hug. They said it was amazing and that it really felt like Christmas with all that love.

I wish I had been there to see it first hand, but I wasn’t. Neither was Catherine, the Spotless Mind president from last year. And that, to me, is a pretty big deal. That this group decided to stay a group and continue doing this work in memory of David and in honor of those still in the fight.

I hope each of you get the chance to “Hug Like David” today.

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Letting Go

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I’ve put off writing this all day because somehow committing the words to page makes it more real. Late last night, our darling young man was called home to Jesus.

In the last few days, David had been less and less with us, slowly withdrawing into the world beyond this one. I thought he would just drift away from us without a real goodbye, and I was trying to come to grips with that. I should have known that David wouldn’t go out “quietly”.

Yesterday morning, after a few days of little, if any response, David started communicating with us again. He couldn’t really talk, but he could make sounds, and because his personality was always larger than life, we could easily identify a lot of what he was trying to tell us. He had a moment with each of his visitors yesterday, which included my parents, Austin, and his step sister.

His final moments were spent in the company of all four of his parents, surrounded by words of love. We had Celtic Women playing softly in the background in an effort to make him happy and relaxed.

There’s a lot I’d still like to share with the world about David. His earthly life may be over but his message still needs to be told. I’m afraid I’m a little too upset right now to be able to even attempt to do him justice, so I’m not going to try.

There have been many sweet notes posted on Facebook today, including one from Austin that spoke to their sweet relationship. I ask that prayers continue for her and his step siblings as they grapple with the loss of their brother. We know he is in a better place, but it is so sad to be the ones left behind.

For those of you who would like the details, the viewing will be Monday, May 14th from 5-8 pm. The funeral service will be outside at 3pm on Tuesday, May 15th at Laurel Hill Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to:
Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure

Please note that it is in memory of David Pearson. It is Brain Cancer Awareness Month, and I think there is no better way to get the word out than by celebrating the life of David.

Kinsley’s Visit

David's Journey

We were very happy to pick Kinsley up at the airport last night. She flew in to spend a little time with David. She is only here until Tuesday, so she won’t even get to see Austin, but a quick visit is better than no visit at all. (Austin had a tennis match out of town and won’t be back until late.)

David threw up right before we went to pick him up, but he was good for the rest of the day. We took him to the eye doctor to get glasses. He has had some vision changes, and it’s a little hard for him to put his contacts in so we got him glasses.

We spent the night getting dinner (Panda Express, of course!) and watching movies. David and Kinsley both like silly movies so they just chilled and watched some comedies.

We took David back to his dad’s to spend the night, but hopefully we will be able to spend some time with him again tomorrow. He is a little unsteady on his feet, but manages pretty well. He uses a walker some of the time, but he is staying pretty mobile.

Tomorrow at his high school they are having brain cancer awareness day. It is the first day of Brain Cancer Awareness Month, and a lot of David’s friends made grey t-shirts to wear. He has really made a positive impression on a lot of people, and it is heartwarming to see them rally behind him and this cause.