Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Remembering Sean Collins on the first anniversary of his passing

Today is the first anniversary of Sean's passing. He died on July 9, 2007, after a long and courageous battle with cancer.

In an interview I did on CBC Radio Moncton's Information Morning today (click here to listen to the archived version of the interview in RealAudio), I promised to post some details of Sean's legacy to my blog.

The book Ten Needles (original French version: "Dix aiguilles" details the trials and tribulations of Sean's journey with cancer and his passing. Written by Martin Latulippe, the book as so far sold 13,000 copies and raised more than $120,000 to help children afflicted with cancer through the Dr. Georges-L. Dumont Regional Hospital Foundation's Tree of Hope campaign. As well, book sales have raised $10,000 for the Lions' Sick Children's Fund.

There are also discussions ongoing with Toronto's Hospital for Sick Kids, Hôpital Ste-Justine in Montreal and the IWK in Halifax. Should these come to fruition, Ten Needles has the potential to raise MILLIONS of dollars for sick children!

What a tremendous legacy for Sean.

Sean's Mission has also raised money for video game equipment and plasma TVs in local hospitals and has inspired other projects, such as a new negative pressure room in the Dr. Georges-L. Dumont Regional Hospital and renovations to the pediatrics ward at The Moncton Hospital.

Sean was posthumously awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship from the Dieppe Rotary Club and has been honoured with having a song written about his battle with cancer. "Run" was written by Peter Post of the Moncton band bigwhale and is already charting at #87 on the Canadian charts. Watch a performance of the song here:

You can also download a digital copy of the song here.

Finally, if you are a member of Facebook, click here to join the very active and popular Facebook group for Ten Needles (2500+ members).

Sean, although I never knew you when you were with us in body, I certainly have gotten to know you since you've gone into spirit. I am very honoured to have been able to help. Don't hesitate to "call" if you need anything else. :)

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