Kayshaun and Tara Muldoon of F-You: The Forgiveness project.
It feels like only yesterday we were introduced to young Kayshaun. F-You: The Forgiveness Project founder, and long time friend Tara Muldoon shared his story along with a call to show this young man just how loved he is at a time where it was needed most. Kayshaun lived with Muscular Dystrophy, and when his doctors gave him only days to live, the community rallied to show him incredible love and support. Kayshaun's love for cars served as a reminder of the passion we should all maintain, though as we grow that isn't always easy.
When we arrived at his hospital room we found Kayshaun surrounded by loved ones, watching the Pixar film 'Cars'. That movie, and a huge amount of gifts put a smile on his face that is simply unforgettable. There was something so inspiring about meeting someone so young, facing such a dire situation, who was ultimately so appreciative and positive. Within an instant I'd reconsidered the variety of pointless complaints I'd uttered throughout the previous few days. No words can describe the feeling when you realize that an 8 year old is setting an example for you, a grown man.
Before long Tara and the Forgiveness Project had countless show cars, their owners volunteering their time, surprising Kayshaun outside Sick Kid's hospital. The duo appeared at Youth Day at Yonge/Dundas Square to give a speech on the subject of Forgiveness, and Kayshaun's words still echo in our minds "Forgiveness sometimes means saying you're sorry".
In such a short time Kayshaun became an unexpected teacher, reminding us to humble ourselves, appreciate everything, and to follow and share our passions. This is no small feat for someone given days to live prior to meeting him. It saddens us to tell you that Kayshaun is no longer with us. As of Saturday morning at 9:38 am we can safely say that he is no longer in pain, and it is now up to us to remind others of what he showed us.
What began as a trip to Sick Kids with a sketch, and a few Hot Wheels toys for a kid who needed cheering up, continues now as a friendship that will never be forgotten, and will be an endless source of inspiration. We appeal to you now to send a few dollars, a prayer, positive thoughts, a contribution in whatever form to his family as they celebrate his life. Donations can be made here, and there will be a prayer vigil tonight at 6 pm at York University.
Kayshaun Bennett, I count myself lucky to have met you. I only wish I could show you what I've learned from you...
"Don't fret little man, don't cry. They can never take the energy inside you were born with." - El-P: Run The Jewels.