Dear Canaan, I just met your mom and brothers yesterday for the first time. We traded stories of sorrow, hugged, made each other laugh, hugged some more. I am so sorry we never had the pleasure of meeting, as I know you would have impacted my life. May your family's burden be lighter in the laughter and warmth of the great things you all did and the lives you've touched and will continue to touch. God Bless, Kathie Posted: 05/13/2006 by Kathie Patterson of Londonderry, NH, USA
My deepest condolences for you and your whole family. Canaan seemed like such a wonderful amazing kid from all the stories you told me of him. I applaud his courage and strength throughout his battle. His spirit seemed stronger at 8 years old then many people achieve in their life time. His memory will live on and his life has touched so many people he will never be forgotten.
Dave KenherPosted: 05/09/2006 by Dave Kenher of Methuen, Ma, USA
I have been thinking of you and am so sorry for your families loss of your wonderful son Canaan.
I hope to run into you sometime. I work at Shaw's on mon. and Fri. like 10-2.
I wish you strength in regaining your strength and moving forward.
Posted: 04/20/2006 by michele massaglia schindler of derry, nh, usa
Marc and Karen,
Our son Andrew Dziuba was friends with Canaan when he was at Circle of Friends. He continued to ask us about Canaan after you moved to Candia and was so happy when Canaan came to visit the school.
We are sorry to hear that Canaan lost his battle with cancer. We thought of him often and always hoped that he would beat it.
We continue to be supporters of the Imus Cattle Ranch for Kids with Cancer and we have made an additional donation in Canaan's memory. We remember how much your family enjoyed the trip you took to a similar ranch.
Our thoughts are with your entire family. We know that many people at Circle Of Friends were touched by Canaan and will remember him for his courage and that beautiful smile he always had on!!!
Lauren Chaurette, Joseph Dziuba and Andrew Dziuba
21 Brustle Road
Nottingham, NH 03290
Posted: 04/06/2006 by Lauren Chaurette and Joseph Dziuba of Nottingham, NH, USA
Karen & Marc, We are very saddened to hear about the passing of your son Canaan. Please know that we are thinking of you and your family is in our prayers during this difficult time. Sincerely, Patrick,Patricia & Colin RileyPosted: 04/05/2006 by Patrick & Patricia Riley of Derry, NH, USA
Karen, Max, Lucas and Caleb,
Canaan will forever be with us because he has left his fingerprints engraved in our hearts. We are so lucky to have such a loving family, please remember that we will always be there for you and that we love you all. Thank you for sharing such a wonderful spirit and such courage with us. Canaan will always be our "Little Cowboy"!!!Love always, JJ, Robin, Laura and NatePosted: 04/02/2006 by Uncle JJ & Aunt Robin of Derry, N.H.,
March 29, 2006
To the Bernier Family,
I would like to extend my deepest sympathy to your family on the death of Canaan. Seeing his beautiful face in the obituary column of the Derry News brought tears to my eyes. You do not know me, but my family is living with neuroblastoma in our life too.
My five year old nephew, Timmy, was diagnosed with neuroblastoma in October. We are all still dealing with the shock. He lives in Connecticut but he comes to visit us in Hampstead quite often and we travel to see him in Hartford Children’s Hospital and at Boston Children’s Hospital. I know that my sister and her husband have talked with many cancer patients during their hospital stays but not to any with neuroblastoma. It is such a rare type of cancer.
During this time of grief you have so many things to think about. I was wondering if you would have any advice or suggestions for my sister and her family. What were some of the things that helped you cope with all of the ways that this disease invades a family. Were there things that worked for you that you would like to share? What were some positive and negative parts for Canaan? Timmy will be starting MIBG treatments in April in Philadelphia and then be in Boston for a month replacing the stems cells that they harvested earlier in the year.
I am sorry for your loss. Please do not feel that you have to respond to this e-mail but your insight could be very valuable to us.
Posted: 03/30/2006 by Pat Huntington of Hampstead, NH, USA
Karen, Marc, Lucas & Caleb,
You have been in our prayers all week-end - so happy that we got to see you Saturday - and especially Canaan. You are all in our thoughts and prayers today. Our Love to all of you. Binky & Ron Bailey
Posted: 03/27/2006 by Binky & Ron Bailey of Lancaster, NH, Coos
Dear Karen & family,
I just wanted to let you know I'm very sorry to hear about the tremendous loss of your son. I hope your friends and family will help ease your pain and your memories bring you some peace. Thinking of you! Love, Linda (Darren's Sister)Posted: 03/26/2006 by Linda Ball of Derry, NH,
Dear Karen and Marc and family, I was saddened to hear the news, of the loss of your son. Your little cowboy is at peace. I will pray you find comfort in knowing his pain has ended. I will keep all of you in my prayers. Love cousin LisaPosted: 03/26/2006 by Lisa Isabelle of Lakeland, Florida, USA
Dear Karen & Family, I´m so sorry to hear of the loss of your son. You are all in our hearts and prayers. God bless.Posted: 03/26/2006 by Jennifer Robertson & Family of Orlando, FL,
Dear Bernier Family,
I will miss Canaan very much. I liked staying in and having lunch with him. He will always be my friend. Love, Devin Lacroix
Sorry for your loss, your family is in our thoughts and prays. He will be greatly missed.
Lacroix Family, Devin,Donna,Mark,Danielle,Cassie,MarkPosted: 03/26/2006 by Devin Lacroix of Candia, NH,
Karen, Max and Boys. Our deeptest sympathies on the loss of Canaan. He was a true fighter. You have been in our prayers for the past 4 years and will continue to be. May he live on in cowboy spirt. With Love alwaysPosted: 03/25/2006 by Joanne, Joe, Cameron, Owen and Griffin Tomko of Manchester, NH, US
Dearest Karen, Marc, Lucus, and Caleb...I only recently got the pleasure of knowing Canaan as well as the rest of your family.Despite this short encounter,Canaan as well as the rest of you have touched my heart in a very special way. I want to thank you for allowing me to help you through this incredibly difficult time, you are all in my prayers!! I can picture Canaan with his cowboy hat as well as his wings soaring high above the clouds feeling better than ever. Love, MelissaPosted: 03/25/2006 by Melissa Lord of Dunstable, Ma, USA
Dear Marc, Karen, Lucas and Caleb, our prayers are with you at this time. Canaan was a very special little boy. He was an inspiration to us for fighting a good fight. I remember how he always wanted to be a cowboy and how you all went on that western trip from High Hopes.
We will never forget Canaan.
God bless you all.........
Posted: 03/25/2006 by Jim & Fran Gorton of Salem, NH, USA
Dear Karen and Family
There are no words at a time like this but please know our prayers, thoughts, and love are with you.
Bill and Cheryl Posted: 03/24/2006 by Bill and Cheryl Morrill of Salem, NH,
Berniers your in my heart and prayers I love you all so much, Cannan was an amazing little boy and my little hero I wish we could all be a couragous as him! Love you
Nichole Posted: 03/24/2006 by Nichole Guilbeault of , ,
Dear Bernier Family,
I have missed seeing you in Derry. All of you have been in my thoughts and prayers often. My deepest sympathy is with you. I hope that memories of the happy times with Cannan will bring you peace and comfort.
Marilyn BartnickiPosted: 03/24/2006 by Mariyn Bartnicki of Derry , NH, USA
To the Bernier Family,
You are in my thoughts and prayers. Canaan was such a special boy who opened my eyes to what is really out there and how precious life can be. It was a pleasure getting to know him and making the quilt for him. He has touched so many lives at school he will be greatly missed. Posted: 03/24/2006 by Heidi Hawkes of Candia, NH, USA
Dear Bernier family,
Charles and I are so saddened to learn of Canaan's death. May God bless you and hold you tightly during this time. He certainly touched a lot of people during his life here. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Charles and Sue BurdettePosted: 03/24/2006 by Sue Burdette of Manchester, NH, US
Donna (Farrington) and Denise (Donahue) both shared this sad news with me - I've had you and your family in my prayers and will continue to keep you there. I am truly heartbroken for your loss. I do volunteer work with the American Cancer Society, and when I hear of things like this, it motivates me to continue so that someday no family will have to go through this. May God be with you and your family.Posted: 03/24/2006 by Maureen (Corbin) Clucas of Melbourne Beach, FL,
Thinking of you and holding you in my prayers.Posted: 03/24/2006 by faye keat of grantham, nh,
My condolences and prayers to you and your family. I have been praying for him since Michelle and Gino told me about his illness. Now I will pray for your family.
Charlotte Sweeney (Friend of Michelle and Gino)Posted: 03/24/2006 by Charlotte Sweeney of Pennsauken, NJ, usa
Karen,Marc, Lucas and Caleb, There are no words that can express the loss of you precious Son. You all are in our hearts and our prayers. Posted: 03/24/2006 by Midge Gould of Chester, NH, Us
Karen and Max,
The Godly wisdom of King Solomon proclaims that there is “ a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn and a time to dance…” This is your time to mourn. May you know that we are mourning with you. May God turn your sorrow into joy, your weeping into laughter and your mourning into dance. And when you are ready to dance…. we will be there, too.
Look to God for your strength, for his well is deep and never runs dry.
In Christ’s love,
Paul and Becky
Posted: 03/24/2006 by Paul and Becky Tripp of Amherst, NH, USA
To Marc,Karen,Lucas and Caleb you are in my prayers. We all loved Canaan so much as well
as you two boys. Canaan has touched so many people and was loved by all. Rosie will miss him
very much (his buddy).
Love MomPosted: 03/24/2006 by Pauline Remillard of Candia, NH, USA
Dear Karen and Marc,
Our sincerest condolences to you and your families in your loss. May you find peace knowing Canaan is in our Lord's loving hands.
Love, Aunt Pat (Isabelle) and DonPosted: 03/24/2006 by Mr & Mrs Donald Brugh of Davenport, FL, USA
My thoughts and prayers are with you in this most difficult time. Lori ZPosted: 03/24/2006 by Lori Zolla of Phoenix, Arizona,
Karen & Family,
My family would like to extend their deep sorrow for your loss. Cannan was an extraordinary little boy. His courage and strength has been and will be a source of inspiration for all of us. Cannan will be truly missed by all.
Robert, Deb, Alycia & Robert BentmanPosted: 03/24/2006 by Robert & Deb Bentman of Nashua, NH, USA
To the Bernier Family,
My thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this difficult time. Canaan is a very, special little boy. Thank you for sharing him with us. He has taught us so much!
Henry W. Moore SchoolPosted: 03/24/2006 by Sue Soucy of Manchester, NH, USA
Dear Marc, Karen, Lucas and Caleb, my heart goes out to all of you at this difficult time. I will always remember Canaan as a brave and bright little guy and I am thankful for the times that you were with us at the Derry Church. Please know that you are in my prayers and thoughts. (we have been praying for Canaan all along)...You are a very special family!Posted: 03/23/2006 by Maria Hallee of Searcy, NH, US
Dear Bernier family,
My prayers are with you all. Maria let me know today about the loss of little Canaan......his suffering is through but I know yours is not. He was quite a guy; I remember him fondly at services at Derry church of Christ. I pray for comfort for all of you during this time....
Love and prayers..........SherryPosted: 03/23/2006 by Sherry Wasserstrom of Manchester, NH, US
To Karen and Marc Bernier:
I am so sorry about the death of Canaan. My mother, Binky (Carol) Bailey, spoke of him often and was so fond of Canaan. My heart goes out to you both, as well as Lucas and Caleb. I saw the picture my mom has of Canaan dressed up like a cowboy...how adorable. Thinking of you,
Karen DeGroatPosted: 03/23/2006 by Karen DeGroat of Bethlehem, NH, USA