Support shown for Evan Valentine was inspiring to see

Posted 19 April 2020 at 7:13 pm


Provided photo: This is one of the “Evan Strong” signs made for Evan Valentine.

My husband and I stood on the side of Route 31 today waiting for Evan Valentine and his Mom and Dad on their way to Strong Hospital. Evan is on his way to Strong for another bone marrow transplant in his fight with cancer.

All along the route from his home to the hospital were people with orange T-shirts, saying “Evan Strong,” holding signs and waving to him. Cars carried good luck messages for him.

We could hear the sirens coming and then around the curve, with lights flashing and sirens blaring, came fire trucks, ambulances, sheriff’s cars, from Holley, Clarendon, Hulberton and Brockport. All escorting Evan from his home to the hospital. Evan had a huge smile on his face, waving from the car window.

How amazing. In this day of hatred, sickness, fear, being polarized and poisoned 24/7 from the media, to find in a small town, such support for a sick teenager.

There is such good in this world. It is not all bad. I wish everyone could have seen what I saw today. Such caring and support being shared.

We love you, Evan. You and your family. We wish you the best. We are your church family, your school family, and your community family and you are in our prayers, our thoughts and our hearts.

We applaud your strength and your courage. We are here for you. God bless you all and all those who took time out of their day to encourage this family in their struggle to get well.

Dorothy Morgan