Sometimes there are days where I just want to scream, why?! I haven’t been angry with God very often during this journey, which many people have said surprises them. I’ve often been able to find God’s blessings even on the most horrible of days, but today I’m angry and I want to ask WHY!!!
We just heard that sweet Colt Delverne earned his angel wings this morning. This little boy was diagnosed with medulloblastoma back in 2012. He fought through it and was blessed with remission. Then about a year ago, he is diagnosed with DIPG. REALLY??? This is when I want to ask, how is this possible??? This family had already been through so much!
But Colt’s parents, Shannon and Jeff (who played football at Michigan for my father in law), their attitude and faith and fortitude through this second battle, well they inspired Jason and I so much. We were worried that we had taken away their hope because they knew the realities of DIPG … because they had been there during Chad’s battle.
But they told us that we had given them hope because of all of the progress that had been made over the past few years on this disease. How incredible is that! They are a beautiful family, and I know that God brought us together with this horrible disease for a purpose … Not to mention that this disease sure feels a lot less “rare” when it hits so close to home.
I just know that there aren’t any coincidences anymore … I truly believe that. But unwinding how this is supposed to make any sense, it’s going to take me a while to process.
All I know to do is to ask you all to pray for the Delverne family, because – honestly – there is nothing that anyone can physically do during a time like this that Is going to help much. So pray for the peace and strength that I do know only God can provide during a time like this. I can tell you from experience that — without that peace — I wouldn’t be here where I am today. So I ask that you pray for that for the Delverne family, too. Pray for Jeff and Shannon and their three other children Drew, Mia and Emma.
I know that Chad was there to meet Colt at the gates and that they are going to be smiling down on all of us until we meet again — probably working on some winks together. They were both such funny little guys. They’ll be fast friends in heaven for sure. Shannon and Jeff, we love you guys and are here for whatever you need.
I don’t know what God’s plan is in all of this, but I’m sure that he had a reason to bring us together with this horrible monster called DIPG. I know that when passionate people are inspired, it can be dangerous for a disease like DIPG … and I’m sure that the future of DIPG just got a little weaker. We may not have won this battle, but we are going to win the war. God bless you Colt! We will forever fight in your honor 🧡 Tammi