Hundreds of people gathered Wednesday evening at Tecumseh High School in New Carlisle to celebrate the life of Collin Griffin, an eighth grader who recently lost his nearly 10 month battle with cancer.
Griffin was diagnosed with stage 4 Rhabdomyosarcoma, a cancer that started behind his eyes and then spread to his lymph nodes and eventually other parts of his body, when he was just 13-years-old.
Throughout his battle with the disease, Griffin endured months of aggressive chemotherapy and radiation treatments but always managed to keep a positive outlook on life, one quality of strength in which those that gathered to remember him admired.
Endless lines of students, coaches, family and friends snaked through the hallways of Tecumseh High School to pay their respects, viewing areas filled with pictures and various memories of Collin.
The six-foot-one former football player brought laughter and hope to every life he touched, especially his family, who he cited in an interview last year as the people he wanted everyone to remember when looking back on his journey.
“Tell your family you love 'em. That's who you're going to have in the end. And that's who's always going to be there for you no matter what. Even when it's dark out, the sun is shining somewhere”, said Griffin.
There will be guidance counselors on hand at the high school all week for grieving students.
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