Wednesday, March 9, 2016

BJ's obituary



One of the hardest things I have ever written...my son's obituary.

BJ Correll, 15 years old, of Denver, North Carolina went home to be with Jesus on Sunday, March 6, 2016 after a 3½ year fight with childhood leukemia. He was in the ninth grade at North Lincoln High School. He loved basketball, football and fishing. He played basketball for East Lincoln Optimist, and the Denver Basketball League, and played football for Boger City Optimist, and North Lincoln Middle School. He had a kind and generous heart, and impeccable manners. He was a prankster even through the tough days, and kept his nurses on their toes, especially at 4am labs. He epitomized bravery and courage in the face of adversity. He never complained. His smile and the sparkle in his eyes remained throughout his fight. He fought the bravest and most courageous fight against aggressive acute lymphoblastic leukemia with grace and unwavering faith in God. He was a true warrior. BJ impacted the lives of many people who watched his struggle first-hand. He also greatly inspired the lives of thousands who never met him, but who followed his journey through updates on “Cure For BJ Round 2”.

BJ is survived by his younger sister Carly, his mother, father, stepfather, three stepsisters, and many more friends, family, teachers and medical staff who love him dearly. The staff at LCH 11 and Levine Pediatric Hematology Oncology Clinic will always be family.

The brightness of his soul’s light will never be extinguished by cancer. He will continue to live on in the hearts and lives of those he has touched by his courage and faith. We are truly blessed to have had 15 years of the most beautiful example of God’s love and shining light living among us.

Visitation is Thursday, March 10, 2016 from 6-8pm at Raymer-Kepner Funeral Home 16901 Old Statesville Rd in Huntersville, NC. We will be celebrating BJ’s life with a final “Orange Out for BJ” at Mecklenburg Community Church, 8335 Browne Road in Charlotte, NC on Friday, March 11, 2016 at 2pm. Burial will follow at Forest Lawn of Lincolnton, 2780 NC Hwy 150 in Lincolnton. We ask that attendees please wear something orange (leukemia awareness color) in honor of BJ’s life and fierce fight.

Memorial Contributions may be made in BJ's name to Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation, 111 Presidential Boulevard, #203, Bala Cynwyd , PA 19004.  Friends may also choose to Donate Blood or Platelets to the Community Blood Center of the Carolina's, in BJ's name. 

‘The devil whispers, “You cannot withstand the storm.” The warrior replies, “I am the storm!”

http://www.raymerfh.com/memsol.cgi?user_id=1756936

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