White Diamond Family Thanks Community for Support of Son's Cancer Fight

The Collins family writes to Patch.

Tylor Collins, 15, was recently diagnosed with Ewing's sarcoma, a rare form of cancer.
Tylor Collins, 15, was recently diagnosed with Ewing's sarcoma, a rare form of cancer.
This letter to the editor was submitted by Tammy Collins. 

Our words cannot express the pain that we feel everyday for our child,  but we hope that we can find the words to express the gratitude that we feel for everyone who has supported us along this journey.  

They say that it takes a village to raise a child, it takes that same village to support a child in a time of need and that's exactly what you have done!  There are people who have walked with us and there are those who have turned and gone astray! Those who have walked with us, we know they are there for the long haul and we know this because not only are they walking by our side, they have reached out and taken our hand into theirs.

 We feel the presence and the support of our friends everyday and not because of what they have done or what they can do for us, because they are genuine!  These are the people who simply just say " How are you"! Those three words hold an amount of support that is  untouchable!  It's amazing, the support that we have been given by our friends, our neighbors within the township, and the patrons of our business!

We pray daily for the recovery of our son, and we have learned that we do not pray alone! As we spend ongoing days and weeks in the hospital and doctors offices getting treatment for our son, we have learned that our friends too are spending this time praying with us. Although we have this tremendous support system, there have been moments throughout this journey that we have felt just so defeated  and in that moment of defeat a phone will ring, a text message will be sent or a soft knock at the door, simply just giving words of encouragement and to let us know that we are not alone!  

We will never be able to repay everyone for their kindness, but we hope that each and every person who has helped in some way knows how grateful we truly are for their acts of kindness and their support.  Our gratitude is endless toward all of you.  We hope that one day we too can return the acts of kindness that have been given to us and our family. Your support and friendship will forever be remembered and please always know that we too will always extend our arm to hold your hand!

Thank you for being the village in helping us not only support, but in helping us raise both of our sons! We would like to extend a special thank you to all of our friends who supported our family with the cards of encouragement, the spaghetti dinner and the golf outing! Much gratitude goes out to the businesses, ALJ High School (staff and students) and the individuals who donated not only monetary gifts, but their time to these events. To the Clark PBA, thank you so much for all of the support that has so graciously been given to our family. Without you, the golf outing would not have been possible. Please know you all have given back to us the faith that we once had and there are no words other than "Thank You"!

Many special thanks to:  Marty Venezio, John Ehling, Walter Merfert, John Doherty, Steve Francisco, Brian Soos

You all are truly angles from heaven!

Forever Grateful
Tylor, Brandon, Kevin & Tammy Collins


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