This is a blog I had hoped I would never have to write. I am sat at my desk trying to think how to even start…
Most regular readers will recall that I recently wrote a blog about a six year old boy, called Jahvis, and his fight with leukaemia. It is with a heavy heart that I share the terrible news that, at 3:15pm on 1 November 2013, Jahvis passed away. He was surrounded by all his family at the time. His family throughout this whole journey have been a tower of strength and positivity. They never gave up. I send them my deepest condolences and offer my love and support. No parent should ever have go through this. Jahvis touched the hearts and minds of so many. You only have to look at his Facebook Page ‘Fighting for Jahvis Collins’ to see what an impact he has made on the world. My friends, who have never met Jahvis, have contacted me say how upset they are to learn of his passing.
It has been said that ‘The flame that burns twice as bright burns half as long’. Jahvis, you burned so bright little man. When I think about you, I don’t think of a boy suffering from leukaemia. Jahvis, I think of your smile, your giggle, your beautiful kind eyes, your strength and, of course, that you loved butter chicken! I am honoured to have met you. You will never be forgotten. Rest in peace Jahvis Collins.
In the words of Francine, Jahvis’ step-mummy, ‘Life is too short… So hold your babies a bit tighter, kiss your loved ones a bit more and surround yourself with love, laughter and family as often as you can!’