Rest in peace, Elgin. Condolences to his family, their friends and all the Senators fans who had embraced him and his cause.
In the end, it was a hockey game Elgin-Alexander Fraser was not going to miss.
The three-year-old spent his last hours at home, nestled between family and friends on a mattress on the living room floor in front of the television, watching the Ottawa Senators reach the Stanley Cup finals.
His right lung had collapsed and he breathed loudly, wheezing. When it became too hard to keep his heavy-lidded eyes open, because of the morphine, his family whispered the play-by-plays to him.
"Go if you want to go now, bud," said his father, Hamish Fraser, to his wee son, who weighed just more than 30 pounds.
"You don't have to hang on."
But that afternoon, he did hang on, to see his favourite team win, just as the players promised him they would.
Two hours later, as his mother and father tightly held his hands and told him they loved him, he softly closed his eyes.
Afterwards, his mother, Victoria Fraser, washed him, clipped his nails and dressed him in a grey Senators jogging suit. She then cradled him in her arms for more than an hour.
"Everything that happened just seemed to fall into place and everything felt right at that moment," said Ms. Fraser.
Elgin died of a rare form of childhood cancer called neuroblastoma, and had captured the emotions of thousands who raised funds at charity events for him to fight cancer.
"He went peacefully," said his father, adding that his son loved hockey "more than anything," and was the Senators' biggest fan.
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
OK, This Is a Very Sad One
I don't mind confessing I teared up a little bit when I read this. Here's the link. And here's the lead from the Ottawa Citizen's story about it:
Posted by Dan Shanoff at 8:11 AM