Framingham Selectmen Chair Cheryl Tully Stoll read the following at Tuesday night’s Selectmen’s meeting:
The people of Framingham and many others throughout the world have been in mourning since Friday morning when it was announced that Framingham’s own superhero, Devin Suau passed away surrounded by his loving family; His parents Christine and James and his older brothers, Colin, Owen and Brenden.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Suau family and to others in Devin’s Army who helped them through the past ten months. You have done yourselves and Framingham proud.
This morning, I called Laura Houseman, Chairman of the Board of Health, and she and Health Department Director Sam Wong have agreed to make a trained counselor available for confidential conversations with any member of our community who is having a difficult time processing this horrible tragedy.
Devin’s fight against DIPG was a journey that we took together as a community, and if anyone needs assistance dealing with this tragedy, your town is here for you.
Asking for help is not a sign of weakness; it’s actually the same type of strength that Devin and his family have taught us. If you need someone to talk to, please contact the Health Department at 508-532- 5470 and ask for Director Sam Wong.
Devin also taught us how to live each day to its fullest, to fight obstacles with dignity, and how to rally together and be our best selves to help someone else. Even at the age of six, Devin made a permanent mark on this world, our community and in each of our hearts.
Devin taught us how to pull together to work for something good. That’s a tremendous legacy for anyone; let alone a six year-old.
Devin’s mother has asked that we perform acts of kindness in Devin’s memory.
Please honor Devin, and each other, by fulfilling Christine’s wish. We will all be better off for it.
I would like now, to offer a moment of silence so that we can pay tribute to Devin.