Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Saying goodbye to Dax

Dax Locke, whom we profiled in a CNN.com story earlier this month, died this morning after a long struggle with acute myeloid leukemia. Doctors said he had only weeks to live, but the 2-year-old surpassed all odds and lived through Christmas.

 

Dax's story has captivated many, inspiring neighbors and strangers around the world to decorate their homes in hopes of giving the family some support in a difficult time.

 

We saw caring messages, photos and video from iReporters. gypsydayne shared photos and video of her decorated neighborhood and brought visibility to Dax's cause. Another iReporter, shelz91 , showed the sign she put up in her yard as a tribute. Dax’s story, in turn, brought awareness of childhood illness and inspired numerous people to donate money to charity.

 

All of these efforts were done to show silent support for a family trying to create a peaceful, happy holiday for their son so that his last days would be filled with joy and comfort. It’s been absolutely inspiring to watch. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family.

 

His mother wrote this message on Dax's journal this morning:

 

Dax Ryan Locke- 6-26-2007 to 12-30-2009. His heart stopped at 2:15AM.

 

He touched so many lives in such a short time.  He was a fighter until the end.  He will be remembered forever in the hearts of all that loved him ...

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December 30, 2009
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My thoughts are with Dax's family and all those who've lost loved ones close to the holidays.  Dax had a purpose on Earth, and the purpose was fulfilled with the help of CNN spreading awareness of childhood illnesses.  In 2 short years Dax managed to touch more peoples hearts than many do in a lifetime.

December 30, 2009
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I read this story the being of December It broke my heart to hear the community coming together for this child. Bless the Parents for the child and having a wonderful Christmas. My thoughts are with the family. GOD BLESS YOU

December 30, 2009
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This is very sad to hear. No child deserves any illness like this. I am sure though that his family made sure that he had a wonderful Christmas. If he knew how many people he had inspired I'm sure that would have made him ever so proud. At least Dax Locke's family can hold their heads high and know that despite Dax's short time with us he was a very brave boy who was able to accomplish so much.

December 30, 2009
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So sad, but at the same time a warm and happy story. I am pleased that Dax was able to see one more CHRISTmas.

I pray that his family will allways cherish his memory, keeping him alive in their hearts.

It is stories like Dax's that remind me of how blessed I am. Stuck in a town full of quintisential hayseeds, Vision impaired and soon on my way to train with a new service animal, BUT, Alive and able to experiance life and all of it's possibilities.

Thank you Dax for putting my life into perspective!

December 30, 2009
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Wow, this made me stop and take a moment to pause. Today is my birthday. While I celebrated the start of my life, a little boy ended his. My heart goes out to this family and their loss. But, I will honor his short life and Iwill remember how precious it is that I have another day to live my life.

December 30, 2009
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My heart goes out to this family.  I can't imagine what they're going through.  I know they can be thankful that they had Dax around to brighten their lives even for the short time he was here.  Thanks for sharing the story, and may God bless this family. 

December 30, 2009
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Dax was an awesome kid!!

 

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December 30, 2009
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Dear Dax,

 

Rest in Peace with God.

 

God bless you and your family.

December 30, 2009
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You are still here with us Dax and you will live on to inspire us always.  Hopefully your family is blessed with many beautiful memories as you are a special gift from God.  Bless you and your family.

December 30, 2009
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My thoughts and sympathy go out to Dax's family, I cannot even imagine what this family is going through. When I read this story back at the beginning of December it broke my heart. But one thing, for the short two years he was here, he has touched so many lives, and he family can be very proud. MAY GOD BLESS THIS FAMILY. 

December 30, 2009
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How sad I am to read of Dax's death.  :( My heart goes out to the family.. may they find comfort and peace in knowing that his spirit now rests in the house of God. 

December 30, 2009
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Although I lost my younger son to cancer at age 20, I can't imagine the pain felt by parents who have lost a child so young.  They are in Heaven now, but our love for them will live forever.

December 30, 2009
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No offense to the religious posters....but I just want to be angry right now that an innocent 2 year old suffered like this.  I just want to be very, very angry. Maybe later I will get with the god thing...but not right now.

December 30, 2009
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My sympathies go out to Dax's family.  I can't imagine the pain this family is going through.  I hope God eases their pain and I know he rests in God's embrace.

December 30, 2009
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Our Pain Is Great Because The Joy Was So Intense. 

My sympathy goes to DAX's parents, relatives, and friends.  May he rest in Peace.

December 30, 2009
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No offense taken here.  I believe in God, but I do get angry at the suffering of innocents.  I just remember my faith and it gets me though times that are difficult

December 30, 2009
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Completely heartbroken over the news of Dax's life ending here on Earth.  God be with his parents and with all who knew and loved this precious eternal soul! 

December 30, 2009
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Thank you CNN for bringing this little angels story to us. I read it just before Christmas and I was very touched. We complain about things we dont have blah blah, blah. I wish everyone could just take a few hours and go to the hospital, then we will have reason to give God the Glory.

I Pray that God will give this family the grace to bear this HUGE loss. May God bless you and may God comfort you.

Cnn this is the kind of human story we want to see. Thank you again. Leave the gutter TRASH to less news worthy entity

December 30, 2009
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I followed this story fro the beginning and it really touched my heart. A boy that young touched so many lives before he moved on to rest peacefully. Instead of having this story under a small headline sentence, cnn should put this on top of website instead of whats going on in Iran or the best stories of 2009.

December 30, 2009
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I read the story that CNN Ireport had, and Dax's story touched my heart. I'm glad to see he made it through Christmas, but saddened that he is now gone. I had told my mom previously about the story, and she just bawled. I'm positive she'll be crying again, and I'll have to console her, while she consoles me. My heart, thoughts and prayers go out to Dax's family. At least now he's at peace, and free of the disease that claimed his young life.

December 30, 2009
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Very sad story...Dax certainly had a place on this earth to do well and he did.  God Bless him and his family.

 

FYI--gsv67 you should be ashamed of yourself putting your multi-level marketing (pyramid) businees info website on your post...disgusting to muddy up this truly tragic event

December 30, 2009
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Rest now child you are in gods hands safe and sound.  You inspired the world and brought attention to something that will hopefully help another child in the future.  You and your family are an inspiration to us all, and I thank you for that.  As I sit here and cry for you I feel so blessed that my boys are healthy and I will go out of my way to tell them your story and we will light a candle for you tonight.  You are now a new star in our sky. 

 

God Bless you and your family, you will be missed.  

December 30, 2009
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My prayers are with the family of Dax.  I know you are hurting more than anyone can know right now.  I lost my son this year too.  You will never forget him and you will never understand why he had to go but time will make each day a little bit easier.

 

Your son touched the world and most people cannot say that about their lives.

 

God bless you and i pray that God comfort your hearts and minds and gives you peace.

 

From one human to another, I love you family.

December 30, 2009
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My prayers to the family of Dax.  May they find comfort until they see his precious face again.

December 30, 2009
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Condolences to the family of Dax. Your in a better place now. God bless you.

December 30, 2009
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My nephew is almost two and this story breaks my heart. It is so unfair how a child was not given a fair chance at life.. I will never understand how God works. Dax will never be forgotten-

December 30, 2009
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Bless him, in two short years this baby lived a long term life. you loved him but god loved him most.

December 30, 2009
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I wanted to thank Dax's parents for allowing me to share in Dax's journey on their Caring Bridge site. I can't imagine the strentgh that it took to take time out for that in the midst of all of this. I almost came to feel like Dax was actually a part of my own family and the email I received this morning broke my heart. Each day I found myself wishing for just one more day but realized that was selfish. I am grateful that Dax is finally at peace.

December 30, 2009
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Rest in peace sweet Dax.  May your loved ones find comfort in this trying time.

December 30, 2009
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im almost in tears. Be strong for your baby. Live your life to the fullest and he will be waiting for you up in heaven....my love goes out to you and your family

December 30, 2009
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I am a father who lost his son (James) on July 31st, 2009, to AML.  James was 22 when he died.  He fought and suffered for the last 26 months of his life.  The loss has been extremely painful and beyond description.

 

I am growing increasingly concerned about the incidence of young people getting this type of cancer.  During the time my son was ill, I lost count of the number of young people I saw suffering through this most horrible cancer.

 

I call upon all people who read this message to take action.  Support your local American Cancer Society.  If you cannot contribute financially to assist with cancer research, please reach out in your community and volunteer to help the children and their families to fight this most horrific illness.

 

There has to be a way.....

December 30, 2009
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My heart is broken for your family.  We often talked about Dax this season and said a little prayer for him. He has touched the lives of many and we are all lucky to have shared his story.  May we all remember...

December 30, 2009
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My your family find comfort in memories and in their love for you which will never last forever.   I offer my deepest sympathies to Dax's family. 

December 30, 2009
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I feel so sad for Dax's family.  I cry out every time I see these stories.  My son was diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia in October 2006 and for the past 3 years my family's life has been hell at times.  My son, thank God, responded well to treatment and will receive his final dose of chemotherapy next month.  Although he is well now, I still look at him and wonder why such a young boy had to go through the nightmare of cancer.  It is amazing, though, how young children adapt and handle their disease.  I don't think I could ever be as brave as my son or Dax.  They seem to have an understanding about life we no longer posess as adults.  And, as in Dax's case as well as my son's, opportunities come to them that would have never come without the disease.  I can't imagine the enormous sense of loss you must feel.  I only had to deal with them as fears throughout my son's treatment.  But I do understand some of what you went through.  God bless you for fighting alongside your son and may Dax rest in peace.

December 30, 2009
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My sister, who is a teller in a local bank there in Washington and knows the family, just called me, crying, telling me of Dax's passing.  My deepest sympathy goes out to his family!  But, having lived there in Washington myself years ago, I remember how close the community is, and know that everyone there feels the family's pain and will be there for them with love and support.  GODSPEED, DAX!!

December 30, 2009
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This is definitely a sad times for the family.  2 years is way too short for a life...God bless you Dax..

 

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December 30, 2009
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The good die young.  Happy journey, good soul!

December 31, 2009
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Aiyo this is so sad to hear this morning I remember I put some photos of my christmas tree with smokey too on that web site they had opened for him, Im so upset to hear of this

January 3, 2010
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Sad to see the  little tyke go but a better place awaits. @ http://defylogic.podbean.com

January 3, 2010
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In the Hawaiian way we never say good bye its just until we meet again (AHUI-HOU DEX) i WISH THE FAMILY OUR SINCERE REGRETS !!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I followed this story fro the beginning and it really touched my heart. A boy that young touched so many lives before he moved on to rest peacefully. Instead of having this story under a small headline sentence, cnn should put this on top of website instead of whats going on in Iran or the best stories of 2009.


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