Godspeed, Miles

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August 20, 2007 at 10:01 am

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Miles Levin passed away on Sunday morning.

Cancer ended his life, but it did NOT cheapen it.

From Miles’ mother, Nancy Levin, quoted from :

August 19, 2007 at 12:35 PM EDT

This is the update you’ve been dreading: Miles’ earthly body has left us….early this morning. This is the day we’ve been dreading since June of ‘05, and fearing it would come and now it has. We did everything humanly possible to arrest this disease. Our efforts were not enough. There are no interventions currently available that could have produced a different outcome. Hardly a comfort. We were able to buy time, and good time it was. Miles went from a boy-man to a man-boy. At a cost that would knock your socks off, Miles still managed to pack a wallop. He could not and would not be held back…..from living life to the fullest. He so wanted (that it hurt) to taste the fruits of freedom, of adulthood, of the world, and yet they were denied him. This is the agony that has a grasp, a stranglehold, on our hearts. The irony of his absence, when under ordinary circumstances he’d be gone now anyhow – to college – has not escaped us.Talk about destiny, G-d’s plan, purpose, anything you want, but the fact is that our boy, our beloved son and brother, was snatched from us, and it hurts. We knew it was coming, yet we’re shocked. We knew it was coming, yet we’re unprepared. We knew it was coming, yet it feels unreal. We knew it was coming, but we hate it.[…]

It is suggested that those who wish to further honor the memory of Miles Levin do so by making a contribution to, “UJF Miles Levin Fund”, (address below), a newly established tax exempt fund designed to support existing efforts to combat pediatric cancer as well as providing our family a vehicle to create new directions in patient care. Cards and expressions of thoughts and feelings are always welcome. We ask that if you feel an inclination to send food or flowers that you transfer that impulse to our new fund; it would be more satisfying to us to know that honoring Miles means helping another family.

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Nancy, Jon, and Nina

UJF – Miles Alpern Levin Fund

P.O. Box 2030

Bloomfield Hills, MI 48303

Attn: Susie Feldman

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August 20, 2007

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It does make you rethink each day … and for me anyway, how I often waste it with being less than a positive influence to those I love and beyond. (double check your Carepage link)

Also … good all around article in the Detroit News:

August 20, 2007

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Thanks for being the watchful and apparently much-needed copy editor over my virtual shoulder, Rich.

Fixed the link, although it will still require that folks have a valid CarePage login (free to obtain) and are logged in.

Also, I got a reply subsequent to yours that seemed to confuse GeekHabitat as being a place to send thoughts and prayers to the Levin family.

Do that by going to Miles’ CarePage; I’m merely someone touched by Miles, his writings and life, and now his legacy.

I don’t have any connection to/with the family beyond that… they are part of my “virtual family” in the same way

are.

August 20, 2007

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I learned about Miles through reading your posts here, and though it was a very rough story for me to follow (for me, obviously, for more reasons than one), and though it certainly doesn’t make this news any less wrenching to hear now… it makes me all the more grateful for him and all the lives he touched through the net.

When Barry died, it amazed me how many of his friends and family came up to me telling me how grateful they were for the weblog and photo albums he left behind, a life we both lived together that we both kept a record of, that’s still here after he’s gone… and it’s a true blessing to live in an age where we have this wonderful tool where voices like Miles’ and Barry’s can be heard, and some small spark of their immensely bright lives still burning here in this form.

There’s not one hour goes by where the grief is ever truly gone, I doubt there ever will be, but it still brings me so much to have that record, with all its silly joys and honest sorrows… all the words and feelings behind them that are still so very alive for me.

Godspeed, Miles… even though we never spoke, thank you for letting me and so many of us know you.

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