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Koens battle against cancer

$78,235 of $100,000 goal

Raised by 430 people in 6 months
Created July 18, 2018
Team Koen
on behalf of Evelyn Taekema
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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Update 15
Posted by Evelyn Taekema
2 months ago
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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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Update 14
Posted by Evelyn Taekema
2 months ago
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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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Update 13
Posted by Evelyn Taekema
3 months ago
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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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Update 12
Posted by Evelyn Taekema
3 months ago
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I don’t seem to have the words today...
Grab the tissues friends, it’s a heart breaking update:

This morning while Derek and Koen headed back to the hospital for x-rays and blood work I did errands with the other 3 boys. Derek called and said when I come to the hospital the doctors would like to meet. I’ve been in enough meetings to know that when there are 6 doctors sitting across from you, it’s not good.

The Doctors had a look at his x-ray and there is even more “white cloud” then his x-ray last week. They would like to do a CT scan (most likely tomorrow) to determine exactly what that white cloud is... they also suggested a blood transfusion because his hemoglobin was quite low.

As we sat there hearing all this and waiting,I knew in my gut the ball was about to drop... that’s when they said there isn’t much they can do for Koen. They’re pretty sure the lungs are full of tumours and once the lungs are that bad, there is little hope.

They have given Koen approximately 2 weeks to live. Our hearts are broken. Our minds can not fathom the final goodbye on earth, or how we will lay him in the ground and never see his sweet smile again. We’ve made the difficult phone calls to our families letting them know the devastating news and asked them to come say their goodbyes while he’s still alert. He’s in pain, and they’re trying their best to manage his pain.

I keep thinking no parent should ever have to suffer like this, nor should any child. How will we explain this to Jayden? How will we tell him Koen is never coming home? We pray God will give us the words and comfort we will need to have these difficult discussions. Koen, Derek and I had a good cry this evening as we discussed where he’ll be going once he dies. He knows Jesus is waiting for him in Heaven, but he can’t wrap his mind around the fact that we can’t be there with him. It broke my heart into a million pieces when he said “but mom, I’m going to miss you so much” with tears rolling down his cheeks. All I could think was how lucky he is to go to heaven where he’ll be in no more pain and feel only joy. It’s us on earth that are left with the emptiness and sorrow and hurt.

Please continue to uphold us in your prayers as we begin to prepare the necessary arrangements for Koens burial.

Our hearts are broken, but we continue to turn our eyes upon Jesus.

With love - Ev

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Raised by 430 people in 6 months
Created July 18, 2018
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on behalf of Evelyn Taekema
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