Devin Suau, 6, who took social media by storm with #WhyNotDevin died at home early Friday morning surrounded by his family after a battle with brain cancer.
Devin Suau, inspiration behind #WhyNotDevin, loses battle with rare brain cancer
His family has invited all who were touched by his life to pay their respects at a wake on Monday from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. at St. Anselm in Sudbury. A funeral mass will be held Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the church.
Devin was diagnosed with a very rare type of pediatric brain cancer called diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma in January.
His parents started the #WhyNotDevin hashtag to help raise awareness of DIPG.
“He died peacefully with us around him, and for the next few days, we are going to reflect on Devin,” Devin’s father, James Suau, said.
“We would like to ask everyone to do an act of kindness this week … do it for Devin,” Devin’s mother, Christine Suau, said.
During Sunday Night’s New England Patriots game, the team lit up the stadium in green, Devin’s favorite color, in memory of the boy.
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Patriots QB Tom Brady, with whom Devin and his family rode on a duck boat during the team’s Super Bowl parade in Boston in February, sent his well wishes to the family.
“I was lucky to be in that boat with them, and they are obviously going through a lot,” Brady said. “I’ve been fortunate to meet a lot of really brave and courageous people over the years. It’s a very tough situation. I hope the family is doing OK.”
Earlier this year, the Framingham Police Department swore Devin in as Police Chief of the Day, and 50 postal trucks traveled in a convoy to his home to deliver bags filled with messages of support.
Devin, who is survived by his parents and three older brothers, would have turned 7 on Oct. 27.