Saturday, January 22, 2005

We lost Will tonight. He fought so hard for so long, but in the end there was just too much to fight. We love him so much and are heartbroken. We will miss him.

William Albert Kenyon
Oct. 26, 2004 - Jan. 22, 2005

31 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mary, John, and your families - there are no words that can soothe the pain or fill the empty place. Just know that we love you, and we're here for you. Anything you need, just ask...354-0362.

And may your angel rest peacefully knowing he was loved by many and touched many hearts.

Amy

6:42 AM  
Blogger richpr said...

Words seem so inadequate. John, you and your extended family have our deepest sympathies. God bless and keep you all. You'll be in our thoughts and prayers.

9:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh John and Mary, my heart just aches for you and sweet little Will. I wish more than anything that I could make it all better. You're in my thoughts and prayers. (And I'm just around the corner if you need anything.)

Sara Moninger

9:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We are heartbroken at the news of Will's passing. You are in our thoughts and prayers. In the time Will was here, he made a big impact on the lives of many. We will always remember him.
-George and Kellee

10:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

John and Mary,
I am so, so sorry. I feel like I know Will through this site and my heart is breaking for all of you. You have been and will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers.
Shannon Cloud

10:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

John and Mary:

I am so very sorry to hear about your loss!

You will be in the thoughts and prayers of my family and I and the family of First Baptist Church!

May the Lord comfort and sustain you!

Tim Bonney
FBC Des Moines

10:30 AM  
Blogger Abide said...

John and Mary:

Will was surely a fighter. His strength, and your strength, has inspired many, many people, including Melinda and me. Know that you are loved and prayed for as you mourn Will's passing, and that we mourn not just for you, but with you. We were all blessed for having known your little boy.

Steve

10:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am so very sorry for your loss.....Will is truly an angel and is at peace.....

11:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We have no words that can erase the sorrow you are feeling. We feel we have gone on a journey with you and Will and now have come to the end that no one ever wanted to imagine. We are so deeply sorry.Know that you continue to be in our thoughts and prayers.
--Paul, Amy and Jake Rubin

11:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am so sorry for your loss. I wandered over here a couple weeks ago (last week? it seems like forever...) from Eric Zorn's Notebook and fell in love with your little Will. I am heartbroken, and will keep your family in my thoughts.

Take care.

11:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear John and Mary,
Our deepest sympathy. Will was a fighter. Your love and devotion shows what terrific parents you are. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Kathy & Jack Magaro

12:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

John and Mary,

Words cannot express how sorry we are for your loss. Will was a little fighter, and touched many lives in the short time he was here on earth. Now he is at peace and is one of God's little angels in Heaven. We have and will continue to keep you, and your families in our prayers.

Shari and Greg Hervey

12:25 PM  
Blogger Jim O'Neal said...

John and Mary,
We're deeply saddened to learn of your loss. We hold you in our hearts.

12:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am so very sorry. There are a great many people who live long lifetimes and never touch as many hearts and spirits as your incredible Will has. He is an inspiration. He made a difference.

Thank you for giving us the opportunity to meet him.

Page

1:04 PM  
Blogger Liza said...

John and Mary,

We're so sorry to hear of your sad news. Your journey with little Will has a special place in our hearts. As with our son, this is another reminder of how the universe doesn't operate under the guides of justice and fairness. We've found, though, that love heals a lot and we wish that for you.

Liza Roche Gratama and Marc Gratama

1:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

John and Mary we know Will is now at peace and without pain which he fought so hard during his time here. You two have shown what true courage, compassion and love is all about and we want you to know we all feel your pain and loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you and your family.

Fred& Sue McDowell

2:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Will had so many people rooting for him, and we will all miss him as well. Our family is keeping you in our thoughts.

Claire Zulkey

2:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

John and Mary,

I am so sorry to hear about your loss. You are in my thoughts--

Libby Klein Hoff

4:21 PM  
Blogger The Tremulant Sings said...

I found this blog just now with the "next blog" link, so I haven't followed along like most who have been reading. I'm not sure what I can really say, but I felt that I should say something, I'm not sure why, but it was if I had been compelled. You can find me by linking back to my blog, and I'm not sure if there would be anything I can do, but if you can think of anything, or just need someone to listen, PLEASE let me know. I am VERY, very, sorry for your loss. Take care,
-Bryan

4:36 PM  
Blogger Brent said...

God has a little perfect angel in heaven now named Will.

4:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

John and Mary:
We're so, so sorry. You're both in our thoughts. Take care of yourselves.
-Tod and Sue

5:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Friends,
I'm sad to hear of the passing of your son. I only hope the memories of your time with Will and prayers of support will sustain you in this difficult time. My heart is lifted to know that he does not have to fight anymore and is at peace. My prayers are with you.
Jane Driscoll
(Friend of Pradarelli's)

8:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My name is Jenni and I'm a NICU nurse with Will's aunt Ann. I have been following his story from day one and am so sorry for your loss. Will was so lucky to have a caring family such as yours, and his memory will always live on through you. He is able to protect you now and his wonderful soul will shine down on you everyday. Please know that you are in so many wonderful hearts of people you don't even know and that mine in particular is breaking for you and your family. If you ever need to talk you can write to jen_crazy@hotmail.com. I wish you and your loved ones peace and sympathy.
Love,
Jenni Knutson

10:27 PM  
Blogger bigdog said...

It is with a heavy heart that I extend my condolences to you for your tragic loss, I shall keep you and yours in my prayers God Bless

10:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Meg and John,
I'm Kristin a friend of Will's Aunt Ann and Uncle Chris (Chris and I taught together in Hudson). I have been following Will's progress daily and by conversations I have with Ann. My heart breaks for both of you and I am so, so deeply sorry for your loss. Please know I will continue to pray for you and your families. You have one perfect little angel in heaven. Take care and god bless.
Kristin Skifton

8:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please know that in his short life, he has likely touched more people than the rest of us combined. I will light a candle tonight for Will.

11:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

John and Mary,
My heart is breaking for you. And while words seem so trivial right now, I will echo what many others have said: Little Will absolutely touched my heart. I made it a priority in my day to check his blog. I celebrated his triumphs and prayed for him during his lows. No one can imagine the pain you are feeling but everyone who has let Will into their lives is mourning along with you. Know that the love, hope and inspiration you and your family have shared leaves us all better people. Will will be held in more hearts than you can imagine. May this give you some peace.
God Bless.
Kristin Ertzinger

11:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Will is with Jesus, who loves little children. Jesus loves YOU, too, and longs to have you join Him and Will in heaven someday.

Laura

5:38 PM  
Blogger Credo said...

Dear John & Mary,

May God comfort you both. Words seem so small right now, and I wish I could take away your pain and return Will to you both. I'm so sorry that Will is gone.

May God welcome him home and may God bless and comfort you.

Sincerely,

Credo

12:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing your story with the world. I only know your name (John) from reading The Gazette and I recognize your name from the DI when I was in grad school. Your story is inspiring and heartbreaking. I wept for the loss of your beautiful boy. I know he will live in your hearts forever, though I also know that such platitudes are meaningless in the face of grief.

You are both beautiful writers and the blog you kept is a wonderful tribute to your beloved son.

9:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just happened upon your blog by accident, and my heart is broken to read of your loss.

I don't know you, I've never met you, and I probably never will, but rest assurred that there's someone in west Michigan praying for you right now.

-marc

8:53 AM  

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