A long time ago I met 9 year old Patrick Matthews. At 12 days old Patrick had been diagnosed with, Complex Cyanotic Congenital Heart Disease.
I am not really sure what Pom Pom meant to Patrick in the short time we got to know each other. He was always glad to see me and always asked for and received a balloon sword and hat. At his birthday celebrations he was always a willing helper and straight magician to Pom Pom's silly clown comedy.
I had known Patrick for about 3 years when his mother telephoned me one day with the news no one wants to hear.
"Patrick passed away this morning. He could not fight anymore." She told me quietly.
It has been 7 years and I still think of Patrick and the battle he fought in his short life. I cannot imagine the grief his family must feel losing their precious child. I will always remember Patrick and know he gave me much more than I could ever hope to give him.
Life...is much too precious to ever take for granted.