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6-Year-Old Devin Suau, Who Inspired #WhyNotDevin, Is Laid to Rest



    Devin Suau, Who Inspired #WhyNotDevin, Is Laid to Rest

    Six-year-old Devin Suau passed away last week from a rare form of brain cancer. He would have turned 7 on Friday.

    (Published Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017)

    Family and friends gathered Tuesday morning to pay their final respects to a young boy who made such a large impact in his short life. 

    Six-year-old Devin Suau passed away last week from a rare form of brain cancer. He would have turned seven on Friday. 

    His funeral mass was held in Sudbury. He will be buried in Framingham.

    Devin's casket was colored green - his favorite color.

    Hundreds Attend Vigil for Boy Who Inspired #WhyNotDevin

    [NECN] Hundreds Attend Framingham, Massachusetts Vigil for Boy Who Inspired #WhyNotDevin

    The country is mourning the death of 6-year-old Devin Suau from Framingham, Massachusetts, who passed away Friday morning. He and his family started the #WhyNotDevin campagin to bring awareness to his rare brain tumor. Friday night, hundreds came out for a vigil to honor his life.

    (Published Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017)

    Dignitaries included Boston Police Commissioner Williams Evans and Mayor Marty Walsh. 

    Devin's family started the hugely popular #WhyNotDevin social media campaign after learning of his heartbreaking diagnosis earlier this year following a snowboarding incident.

    "We could not believe it," his father James Suau told NBC Boston in February. "Our lives will never be the same again."

    His cancer, known as Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG), is a rare and aggressive form of cancer that affects roughly 300 children in the United States each year.

    The #WhyNotDevin campaign, which raised awareness and money for Devin's condition, attracted national attention as well as the attention of public figures, including Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh. 

    "You know, I've been very fortunate to meet a lot of courageous people over the years, and you know, it's a very tough situation," Brady said on Friday, while getting choked up, after learning of Devin's passing. "I hope the family is doing OK."

    Wake Held for 7-Year-Old Devin Sau

    [NECN] Wake Held for 7-Year-Old Devin Sau


    Funeral services have been announced for 6-year-old Devin Suau, who lost his brave battle with cancer on Friday.
    Visiting hours for Devin will be held at Saint Anselm Church in Sudbury on Monday, October 23, for friends of Devin and children who want to say goodbye from 1-3 p.m., for Devin’s Army and his community from 4-6 p.m., and for Devin’s family from 6-8 p.m.
    There will be a funeral Mass for family and friends on Tuesday, October 24, at 10:00 a.m., also at Saint Anselm Church, with burial following in Edgell Grove Cemetery in Devin's hometown of Framingham.
    The little boy first made headlines with a social media campaign, #WhyNotDevin, raising money and awareness for his rare form of cancer.
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    (Published Monday, Oct. 23, 2017)

    Those who knew Devin say he has made a big difference. 

    "I'm an old lady by comparison and I haven't made one 90th of the impact he has made on the community and the world he has," said family friend Loralei Capuzzi. 

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