FRAMINGHAM – Stapleton Elementary School unveiled a buddy bench at its playground yesterday, June 18.
The buddy bench was dedicated to the late Devin Suau, a former student at the school who died in October 2017, just days before his 7th birthday.
Devin, was diagnosed with DIPG, a rare and aggressive form of cancer, that has no cure, in early 2017. His family started the hashtag #WhyNotDevin to bring awareness to the disease with the hope that Devin would have been the first to defeat it. They have since created the #WhyNotDevin Foundation.
Yesterday, Devin’s parents Christine and James Suau, and their sons attended the dedication ceremony at Stapleton Elementary.
In 2013, a second grader from Pennsylvania named Christian Bucks saw that some of his classmates had no one to play with at recess. He decided to create a Buddy Bench. The goal of the buddy bench is to eliminate loneliness on playgrounds.
The buddy bench dedicated to Devin is green, his favorite color, to go with along with his favorite super hero – the Green Lantern.
Christine Suau said yesterday’s dedication was a “beautiful message of kindness.”
She said the “entire school attended and most made kindness rocks, many had messages for Devin, the green lantern, or were beautifully painted.”
Suau wrote today, and gave permission to Source to publish, ” Kelly Gleason – you are truly amazing, we are so lucky for you. Your dedication and love for Devin (and the rest of our family) has always meant so much to us. Elizabeth Jeffery you have done so much for us and we are so grateful. The rest of the Stapleton community we are so honored and proud to be part of such an awesome place. Thank you so much for honoring and remembering Devin.”