"Where there are no words, know the silences are carrying the thoughts and prayers of all who love you." This quote by Dawn Davis is suited perfectly for the event that we were so honored to have been a part of over the weekend.
The Hobizal family is a very large part of the community in our small town of St Helens. David Hobizal (Dad) actually ran into a burning building to save one of their neighbors just months ago and Shandi (Mom) is always trying to lend a helping hand to those in need. Beyond their amazing exterior, though, was an unimaginable situation. Their sweet boy Zander suffered from a condition called Menke's Disease. Menkes affects about 1 in 250,000 newborns and there is no cure for it. He fought for his entire short life. Spending what seemed like forever in the hospital for tests, being treated for different illnesses and viruses, and breathing treatments.
Sadly, Zander lost his battle with Menkes at just 10.5 months old. The heartbreak that swept over our little river town is indescribable, but watching everyone step up to help The Hobizal family is nothing short of amazing.
On Sunday, November 13, Angie Hughey and I packed our gear up and headed to celebrate Zander's life along with what seemed like most of St Helens. Friends, family, and community members who had never ever met Zander showed up to pay their respects. It was so obvious how loved this little boy was, even by those who had never met him.
From the moment he was born, it was obvious to everyone what a fighter Zander was. Shandi always called him her little Superman because no matter how many times he had to be poked with needles, or undergo more tests, he was always so brave and strong through it all. For the service, Shandi and David felt it was important to honor Zander with "Hulk" green shirts and inviting guests to wear their favorite super hero costume. Because although he is no longer with us, his super hero strength lives on.
The service itself was simply beautiful. Beautiful white roses, handmade cupcakes from loving family members, photo magnets with photos of Zander so guests could have a bit of his sweet smile in their home. It truly was a celebration of an amazingly courageous little boy who was taken much too soon.
Fly high, sweet Zander. The impact that you made on the world in your short life is immeasurable. You are loved and missed by so many.