FRAMINGHAM – Four years ago, Devin Suau died from a rare pediatric brain cancer, Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG); just days short of his 7th birthday.
The hashtag #WhyNotDevin went world-wide with the goal of finding a cure for the disease.
Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito has declared Wednesday, October 20, Devin Suau Day.
Tonight, October 19, the City Council unanimously supported a proclamation declaring Wednesday, October 20, what would have been Devin’s 11th birthday, a Devin Suau Day of Kindness.
Mayor Yvonne Spicer, Superintendent of Schools Bob Tremblay, and the Framingham School Committee are expected to sign the proclamation at their School Committee meeting on Wednesday night.
The proclamation reads:
Devin Day: A Day of Friendship and Kindness – A Week for Acts of Kindness
WHEREAS: Framingham remembers the passing of Devin Suau on October 20, 2017, who fought courageously against the rare pediatric brain cancer, Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG); and
WHEREAS: approximately 200-400 children in the United States are diagnosed with DIPG each year; and
WHEREAS: the #whynotdevin Foundation has raised national and international awareness to fund and find a cure; and
WHEREAS: Devin’s memory reminds us every day to address the most pressing challenges with confidence, and look for opportunities in our community to serve, whether a small act of kindness, or a huge leap of faith; and
WHEREAS: Friendship was the centerpiece of Devin’s life and for his last nine months he fostered countless friendships in this community, and
WHEREAS: Framingham recognizes the value of acts of kindness that come from persons of all ages and backgrounds, and that kind individuals perpetuate kind communities; and
WHEREAS: October 20, 2021 marks the four-year anniversary of Devin’s passing; and October 27, 2021 marks what would have been his eleventh birthday;
NOW, THEREFORE, We, Dr. Yvonne M. Spicer, Mayor of the City of Framingham, Superintendent Dr. Robert Tremblay, the Framingham City Council, and the Framingham School Committee, declare Wednesday October 20th , 2021, Devin Day – A Day of Friendship
and Kindness; with a correlating week dedicated to Acts of Kindness from October 20th to October 27th, 2021, in the City of Framingham, and encourage all residents to recognize and perform acts of kindness and compassion above and beyond their daily interactions with friends, neighbors, and fellow citizens.