Ian Keisacker is a 12 year old boy with the strength and bravery you rarely see in adults.
He’s a son, brother, and friend. On December 21st, 2014 at 7:19 PM, Ian left us for a bigger journey.
This journey has taken him away from those that love him, but it has also taken him away from the pain that the cancer growing inside his brain was causing him. He doesn't want us to be sad for him, because this journey home has been something he has been looking forward to. It’s not to say he didn't want to live, but he understood that the cancer wasn't going to give him that option, so he looked at it as a new adventure.
While Ian is on his new adventure, we are all on ours. We are learning how to live the day without seeing his smiling face. We are learning how to see his picture and not cry at our loss. We are learning how to live without him and live in a way that would make him proud of us.
I met Ian through the 501st Legion member forums. Not long after I hear his story from his father, I wrote up a post on GeekMom.com about his humble goal to reach $500 for St. Baldrick’s Foundation. GeekMom.com readers responded by not helping him reach his goal, but blow it out of the water in the amount of $1,116.00. I know this lit up his heart when he saw that total and the power he held.
Since he was re-diagnosed, his parents bravely shared their journey on Facebook. Counting the days from the first re-admittance to the final day when they realized Ian was going to lose his fight. The story doesn’t stop there though. Ian decided he wasn’t going to be sad. He was going to live and party hard. The doctors originally gave Ian 4 to 6 months, but he was only able to party for 35 days before he was taken on his final journey home.
I met Ian twice in his short life. Once a few months after my inital article and again a year or so later when I was marching as Aayla Secura in Star Wars Weekends. Those two meetings will stay with me as precious moments when I got to meet a real hero and one that is now watching over us all.