Koens battle against cancer

$78,245 of $100,000 goal

Raised by 431 people in 8 months
Created July 18, 2018
This is the Taekema family. Derek and Evelyn and their 4 boys, Koen, Jayden, Luke and Layton. Derek and Evelyn recently moved to Saskatchewan from BC for the opportunity to hopefully farm one day. They recently welcomed their 4th son Layton who was born prematurely at 34 weeks.
Two weeks after Layton was born he was flown to Edmonton where he had open heart surgery. The 3 oldest boys were sent back “home” to BC to stay with their extended family and grandparents, while Derek and Ev stayed in Edmonton with Layton.
When the 3 boys came back from BC Evelyn noticed a large lump on their oldest son Koen’s, upper left thigh. Things progressed quickly from there and after a lot of testing it was determined that Koen has a large tumour in his leg. It has been deemed cancer. Their journey and fight against cancer is just beginning and updates will be posted as soon as we are aware of anything. The Treatment course has yet to be determined. Derek is forced to be off work to be with Koen while Evelyn stays home to care for their newborn and two other young children. These funds will help Derek and Evelyn with living expenses and travel as they expect it to be a long journey, one that will potentially take place in Toronto or Vancouver at the children’s hospitals there. Any amount is a huge blessing to this family.  31427738_1531930454321058_r.jpeg
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Hey everyone! I’ve been meaning to post on here for awhile now, but just haven’t.
Today is not a significant day for a post really, it’s just a standard, typical Monday... or at least for many it is. However, today wasn’t so typical for us. Today, while many of you were deciding what to do today or what to pack your kids for lunch, or if you’d make the bus drop off on time, today for us looked a little different.

Today, we went to go order Koen’s headstone. Today, we had to decide what words we wanted to have written on the slab of granite that marks where he is buried. Today, we as parents were faced with yet another unimaginable, inevitable task. A task no parent should ever have to do.

As we pulled up to the different places that made headstones my mind was racing with questions, with emotions and with dread. How were we going to pick the “right” one? How were we supposed to negotiate a price for something that is so necessary? How were we going to choose the right words to commemorate him? As all these things swirled around in my head, I felt a sense of peace and was gently reminded of Philippians 4:13. With renewed strength, we managed to complete the final task of laying our sweet boy to rest. ♥️
It’s mind blowing how something so sad, so hurtful, and so painful can be endured. By the grace of God, we are able to wake up each day, by the grace of God we are able to rest each night. And by the Grace of God, we are able to rest in His eternal promise and hope for the future that we have in Him.

I cannot reiterate enough how thankful we are for your contributions to our family. Without your prayers and support we would not have been able to endure this all. Bereavement expenses are astronomical, but because of all you who have donated financially, we were able to cover the expense of it all, as well as purchase our own plots next to him, so he wouldn’t be buried alone.
From the bottom of our hearts, thank you!

Much love as always, Ev Derek Taekema
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Yesterday we laid out precious Koen to rest. It was incredibly hard to say that final earthly goodbye but it was also a beautiful celebration of his life. We, along with our parents, lit 6 candles in honour of Koen’s 6 years of life.

Thank you to all who came and celebrated Koen with us, and for those who watched the live feed. We hope you were blessed by the message and the worship time. A big shout out to Hawthorne Floral for the stunning flowers, Koen would’ve LOVED them and to Dalmeny Funeral home for handling all the details. And to my dear friend and owner of Age of Grace Photography for capturing our day of mourning. It was important for us to have pictures for us to show the boys when they get older and Melissa did not disappoint. ❤️

I struggled today. Our family and friends slowly started leaving and I just felt the the empty hole in my heart. I missed Koen today. I missed who he was before he got sick. I’m scared to move forward and make memories without him. I’m scared to navigate life with the grief that sits heavy on our hearts. Please continue to hold us up in your prayers and we now have to move on without him.

Much love, Ev — with Derek Taekema.
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Today, at 8:15 this morning, our precious boy went from the arms of Derek and I to the arms of Jesus. We feel completely heartbroken and empty, but our hearts rejoice knowing Koen is now in the realms of His Glory and that one day we will be with him again.

Today is my 31st birthday. Not ever how I pictured a birthday. I'm reminded though, that it is still a day of celebrating. Koen has given me the best gift, a gift only Jesus could have provided. The gift of eternal life. To God be the Glory.

While there will forever be a void in this home, we pray that the Lord continue to lead us to the light. I keep trying to imagine what it will be like for Koen, but nothing I can think of will come close to the joy he's feeling right now in Heaven.

A big shout out to my amazing husband who has sacrificed his role as the sole provider for our family, to be the main provider for Koen throughout this entire journey. Our boys are blessed to have him as their dad.

Thank you all for your continued prayers and support. Please continue to uphold us and our families in prayer, as we move forward without him.

The funeral service details have yet to be finalized. As soon as we have that information we will share it.

We respectively ask, as a family, that you give us privacy at this time.

with love, ev — with Derek Taekema.
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Our hearts are heavy today.

Please pray for peace and comfort for Koen today... He’s getting close to going home to Jesus, but he’s scared and is hanging on to life here on earth as hard as he can.

We are hurting.
We are anxious about having to watch him take his final breath.
We are struggling to find rest.
But most of all, our hearts are broken as we watch our precious boy struggle with what’s left of his life here on earth.

Come quickly Lord Jesus, take this precious boy home, where there is no more sadness, no more fear, no more pain and no more sickness.
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