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Bakersfield, CA, United States
Hans was a busy, happy, sweet and fearless three year old when he was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma. He fought his disease like a "gladiator" for nearly 6 years. Hans was an animal lover to his core. He was 'guarded' at home by his three cats, Black, Orange and Cotton. He also had his Golden Retriever, Honey, to keep him company. Hans enjoyed swimming, biking, gardening, grilling (he had his very own grill!), horseback riding, playing video games, building Legos, and flipping between Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network and Animal Planet. Hans loved all members of his family and he was a loyal friend. He had to go through a lot of treatment in his life. But Hans powered through it. His attitude was let's get this done! His motivation was always to get back home, to his family, pets, favorite foods and pool.

Friday, November 16, 2012

A few more talks from the COL

I asked Aunt Debbie to share some stories about Hans.   Here is what she shared at the Celebration of Life.

I was reading about Jesus referring to children in the bible the other day. Jesus
said, "Do not prevent the little children to come unto me. For the kingdom of
God, has the simplicity, honesty, and openness of little children."
Immediately, I thought of Hans as this described him to a T.

Anyone who spent time with Hans could stand up here today and share one of a
dozen different stories about how Hans brought joy into their AND others lives.
I could share several such stories. I could tell you about how Hans threatened to
tell his Uncle Mark about the time he thought I was flirting way too much with
several fireman.

Or the time Hans was telling us his list of acceptable Pajamas. Transformers,
Regular Star Wars, Lego Star Wars, Angry Birds, Ninjago, short sleeves, No Cuffs,
No Elastic around the ankles, Wide Straight Legs.....

It was SO detailed that Uncle Mark created a notes page in his iPhone titled
"Hans PJ Requirements".

Today I'd like to share a story that I've titled, "Aunt Debbie's Mission

Last summer, when I was visiting Hans at Children's Hospital, I asked him what
toy I could get for him to play with while he was in the hospital. As we all know,
Hans LOVES Legos, and I knew it was NOT possible for me to get him any Legos
that he didn't already have. So Legos were NOT an option.
At that time he was playing with his Skylanders. He said, that there were 3

Skylanders that NO ONE had been able to find for him! He and Lara both said,
Aunt Debbie wouldn't be able to find them either.

So, after getting the names of the IMPOSSIBLE to find Skylanders, and what stores
MIGHT carry them, I set out to accomplish this IMPOSSIBLE task.
He was SOOO sure there was NO WAY Aunt Debbie would find them. In fact, I
had been gone SO long that while I was out on my "Mission", Hans was laughing
and telling his Grandma Kathy that I was probably STILL at Walmart looking for
them and that they DON'T have them there.

After a long day of phone calls, visits to several Toys R Us stores, AND a flat tire
in downtown LA during rush hour traffic, I returned to the Hospital to face Hans.

I'll never forget his reaction when I walked into his room with with my shopping
bag in hand. I told him, YOU won't BELIEVE what Aunt Debbie FOUND!
As I started to remove the first Skylander from my shopping bag, Hans sat up,
AND as he saw each one, he shook with laughter and had the biggest smile on
his face that I have ever seen. I'll never forget that smile and his excitement.

Hans had the greatest smile, one that melted your heart. He smiled even when
things were tough and kept a great attitude and sense of humor through it all.

Hans had such an honesty and openness about him.

Hans loved his family. They meant the world to him. Even though he went thru
so many different treatments, and didn't always feel well, his family always made
life fun. All the memories they share will live on forever.

If I could say anything to Hans right now it would be... "Hans we will never forget
you. You will live forever in our hearts and our minds".

Rev. 21:4. God will wipe away every tear from our eyes. There will be no more
death or mourning or crying or pain. 

That is what Hans is experience right now and that is what we look forward to. 
As Kalene says, Hans is up in heaven playing Legos with Jesus.

Be with GOD, little man. We ALL Love YOU SO MUCH!

Thanks, Debbie!  Hans loved you all. 

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Lovely words from the heart, eloquently spoken by Hans' GREAT Aunt Debbie!

Love to all,
Aunt Susy