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"Miles Has Left the Building" 

 

Date Range: 08/19/2007 To 08/19/2007   Comments: 9   Views: 26,248
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This was posted today's on Miles' site. I can't add anything to it more regarding a mother, father, and sister's grief than they do, so I am reposting the latest update as they have:

August 19, 2007

This is the update you are dreading: Miles' earthly body has left us....early this morning. This is the day we've been dreading since June of '05, but fearing it would come and now it has. We did everything humanly possible to arrest this disease. Our efforts were not enough. There are no interventions currently available that could have produced a different outcome. Hardly a comfort. We were able to buy time, and good time it was. Miles went from a boy-man to a man-boy. At a cost that would knock your socks off, Miles still managed to pack a wallop. He could not and would not be held back.....from living life to the fullest. He so wanted (that it hurt) to taste the fruits of freedom, of adulthood, of the world, and yet they were denied him. This is the agony that has a grasp, a stranglehold, on our hearts. The irony of his absence, when under ordinary circumstances he'd be gone now anyhow - to college - has not escaped us.

Talk about destiny, G-d's plan, purpose, anything you want, but the fact is that our boy, our beloved son and brother, was snatched from us, and it hurts. We knew it was coming, yet we're shocked. We knew it was coming, yet we're unprepared. We knew it was coming, yet it feels unreal. We knew it was coming, but we hate it.

Sunday morning. Miles should be having pancakes with Nina right about now. Instead, the three of us are wandering around wondering what to do with ourselves. Pacing has become my specialty. We do have some plans in place: a very small, immediate family only funeral; a big memorial/celebration down the road to commerate Miles; and, a lot of crying.

It is suggested that those who wish to further honor the memory of Miles Levin do so by making a contribution to, "UJF Miles Levin Fund", (address below), a newly established tax exempt fund designed to support existing efforts to combat pediatric cancer as well as providing our family a vehicle to create new directions in patient care. Cards and expressions of thoughts and feelings are always welcome. We ask that if you feel an inclination to send food or flowers that you transfer that impulse to our new fund; it would be more satisfying to us to know that honoring Miles means helping another family.

At the moment, there is little consolation for the serious war we fought when in the end, we lost our warrior. We aren't ready to look at the legacy, the divinity, the gift. We're grieving the loss of our child and brother. The best advice I can offer anyone wanting to provide comfort is this view: this stinks, plain and simple.

Nancy, Jon, and Nina

UJF - Miles Alpern Levin Fund
P.O. Box 2030
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48303
Attn: Susie Feldman


Carepage 
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          UPDATE
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Miles is featured on CNN:
http://www.cnn.com/2007/HEALTH/08/20/obit.miles.levin/index.html

A tribute to Miles will be on Anderson Cooper's show tonight at 10pm. CNN ran reports during the day and crashed the CarePages server for a while. That's the influence of Miles....


Miles's sister Nina left a poignant tribute to her brother today:
http://www.carepages.com
(Please note that you have to register to visit the CarePages and look up Miles Levin).

A snippet from her post:
..."
September 23, 2007
HEARTBEATS
We were lying side by side, his warm hand cradling mine. The soft, loose skin of his hands was slack around his bones. My ruddy fingers emphasized the yellowing shade of his skin. His knuckles bent slightly to accommodate my hand as it rested in the crevice of his. His eyes were closed, and his breathing was steady. I felt conflicted as I gazed at his weak and dying skeleton. Though I wanted him to remain forever in his body, I wanted equally as much for his spirit to break from its cancerous prison. ..."



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Aug 2007
Archibald Sharron said:
posted on Aug 20, 2007
Miles

I've lost many friends to cancer and what they posted on a site is right, Miles was killed by cancer. It's a gene mutation that is just evil as far as I'm concerned. Poor Miles. His loss is a loss to humanity for all he could have accomplished.


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Aug 2007
Susan Trachtentberg said:
posted on Aug 20, 2007
Goodbye Miles

Oh my goodness that is so heartbreaking. What a fighter that guy was. I would never have the grace he displayed.


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Aug 2007
Megan Caufield said:
posted on Aug 20, 2007
Goodbye Miles

We barely knew you, but you were a brave strong boy. Our thoughts are with your family at this time.


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Aug 2007
Kimberly Johnson said:
posted on Aug 20, 2007
How sad

I was reading Mile's thoughts and what an amazing person he was. He was too young. I hope that the family continues on with this legacy to help other children with cancer. Children... cancer... those 2 words should never be used in a sentence together :(


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Bellam Dalton said:
posted on Aug 20, 2007
No parent should have to buy a child

It's just not right. Goodbye Miles. Your spirit will carry you to the highest reaches of the heavens.


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Bellam Dalton said:
posted on Aug 20, 2007
I meant "bury" not "buy" a child!

although buying children too! I apologize for my mistype


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Gina Pertonelli said:
posted on Aug 20, 2007
Miles Levin

Dear Miles, I hope that your journey wherever you are right now is a joyous one. To meet with friends and family long gone and to wait for those who will come. If Tears Could Build A Stairway,  And Memories A Lane,  I'd Walk Right Up To Heaven  And Bring You Home Again.


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Marilyn Rupert said:
posted on Aug 20, 2007
Miles I'm sorry you had to leave us

'Say not in grief 'he is no more' but live in thankfulness that he was' Hebrew proverb Miles taught that lesson well. Marilyn


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Mary Jo Scotts said:
posted on Aug 20, 2007
Miles's Legacy

Miles has found the right home here. It's not the death of Miles that we should grieve, but the celebration of his life, even short as it was. Miles here is the Story of your life. It was too short. I feel you looking over me as I type this. Peace Miles Levin. You will be missed.