In November of 2014 at the age of 9, my niece Julianna was diagnosed with Lymphoma.
After complaining of stomach pain and developing a yellow hue to her skin, Jules went in for her first scan. The doctors found tumors on all of her organs.
Although her prognosis was good, she had the fight of her life ahead of her.
Jules lost her hair, she spent weeks in the hospital, she missed school and soccer and dance. She could only see her friends if they were healthy, washed their hands and if she was wearing a mask.
But she always smiled.
When diagnosed, her response was "now I can have my own team at Relay" and we have walked for her at Relay for Life of Yorktown for the last three years. I Relay for Julianna, the survivor.
This is Robert, a 30 year veteran Police Officer, dedicated husband, father, grandfather, amazing brother, cousin, loyal friend to many and my wonderful uncle.
He was a healthy active man who worked harder than most. He looked forward to spending his retirement years with his family & watching his grandsons grow.
This August, at the age of 56 years young, just 8 months after finally retiring, he lost his fight with Pancreatic Cancer. He battled through months of treatments never giving up hope up to the very end.
His life was cut very short, we watched him deteriorate day to day and we are angry about it. He deserved the gift of life and growing old especially since he gave so much to others through his service as a respected officer of 30 years and by always giving so much to his family by being an amazing, caring man we could all always count on.
His passing has left us with deep pain and heartbroken. It has showed us how short life can be. We forever cherish all the days we had with him and now cherish all the beautiful memories even more.
We love you & we'll miss you forever Uncle Rob!
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