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Lalonde Family

$73,362 of $100,000 goal

Raised by 397 people in 19 months
Created December 9, 2017
Lalonde
on behalf of Sean Lalonde
Victory is Mine All are welcome. Sean’s celebration of life will be on Monday, May 27th, at Kelowna Christian Center (905 Badke Road), 1pm. We ask that you please bring a photograph of Sean with a memory and your name written on the back. These photos will be displayed at the celebration. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the family’s gofundme page, or an etransfer to valeriejeanlalonde@gmail.com. These donations will help lift the burden of funeral costs and daily living expenses for Sean’s wife and children. On behalf of the family, Esther Mak (Valerie’s sister)
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July 19
Seems weird to be updating in the “prayforsean” page but I believe pray for Sean was so much more then just praying for Seans physical healing. Anyone who knew him or even those who just knew of him knew how much he loved people without judgment. He had such a vision for others to come to their full potential in life and walk out their God given talent. For them not to settle on just getting by but living their dreams to the fullest. Whenever I think of Sean I see how much he truly did this. He walked thru so many battles but did not let them define him rather used them to help and encourage others and bring greatness into this world. So I truly believe “prayforsean” isn’t over. I believe he showed so many including myself and our five kids what living life is all about and would want me to share and encourage others in doing this.
So my prayer is that anyone who knew him does this, makes right choices, learns from their mistakes, and above all else loves people and loves God.

In my last update I shared that myself and the four younger kids had an opportunity to travel to England and Ireland. We have been gone now for a month and how blessed we are all feeling.

I am so thankful for all your prayers and support. So many of you are praying in this time of healing and how we feel this. There have also been so many of you who have continued to help us whether with money or caring for our house or puppy while we are away and we are so thankful for you.

Since arriving in Ireland all of my family and friends here have done nothing but embrace and love on each of us and we are so thankful for this. It has been amazing to be cared for and loved in such a way that overwhelms my heart and fills my eyes with tears.

The kids have been loving seeing their close friends and have also felt so loved. We’ve had amazing weather and endless adventures. Riding the tube in London, seeing the palace. Exploring old castles, museums, and art galleries. Getting outdoors hiking, and laying by the ocean collecting shells and letting in the salty goodness, it really has a way of healing the soul. There have been many tears and many talks. We miss Sean every minute of every day. But I have been so blessed by each one of my kids and seeing their strength and wisdom and how they have let this tradgedy make their hearts soft rather then hard.

Jenna is working all summer at bible camp. She is having an amazing time ministering to others while being surrounded by creation. We all miss her so and have had a hard time not being able to keep in touch, with her being out of cellphone range. But I am trusting God to continue to reveal himself to her in such clear ways and direct her in the future as she embarks on new adventures after school. So proud of who she is and how she is loving others.

And well that is it for now. Thank you for your love and support. And please make sure to go out of your way and say I love you to that family member that you know knows it but might actually need to hear it. Help out a stranger. Lend an ear to someone who needs to talk. When they talk hear them rather then answering them. Keep your heart soft towards them and call out what you know they could be/do. At least that’s what Sean would do. ❤️
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June 20
I wanted to update as many of you as possible. Thank you for all your love and support this past month. Sean lost his battle against a disease that truly attacks and destroys every part of your physical body. Watching someone you love fight with every fibre of their being right down to their last breath is not something I would wish on anyone. But Sean still had his victory. He went out with such a spirit that was not defeated but was sad to leave us behind. He left this world praying and believing that more would come to know the love of God.
His body was destroyed but his soul had complete victory.

Thank you for continuing to love us, pray for us, care for us. This past year showed Sean that his family who he loved with all his heart would be ok. That so many of you would rise to the occasion to help orphans and widows.

We have been so sad but yet have felt so loved, so carried. This past month whether with an encouraging word, a meal, gift card, sending us money we have felt loved, lifted carried through the pain of this huge hole left in our heart.

Many of you do not know but I grew up in Ireland and have been missing home for quite sometime. Sean and I had discussed and we had agreed if the worst thing happened it would be a good idea for me and the kids to have some time together away from the hustle of our busy lives. I stepped out in faith and asked a dear friends dad to look into flights for our family to Europe. He found some and booked them for me and I was planning to etransfer him. Not knowing the price he sent me an email with the tickets and cost at the same time I received two other emails being etransfers from two people who had no idea of our need and the amount they sent covered our flights down to the exact dollar. So thank you for being a part of our story!

We are going to be in England and Ireland for the summer visiting Seans grandma in England and friends and family in Ireland all the while having time together and making memories. While away we are air bnbing our home to help cover our rent and the cost of our trip. Thank you to all of you who helped make this endeavour happen! We got rid of 40bags of garbage and put a lot of stuff in storage.

Please continue to pray for each one of us. Our hearts are hurting but we will not be broken and believe Sean would want us to continue on loving God and people.
Pray for Jenna she graduated top of her class is planning on going to hillsong In January and is working at a bible camp this summer counselling kids.
Pray for Millah her tender 13year old heart has been experiencing so many hard changes, she is taking them well, but also feels very deeply. A lot like her dad.
Pray for Lennon, he’s watching me constantly trying to make sure I am ok but I don’t want him to feel this weight.
Pray for Quinton his processing is so different from the rest of the kids and he internalizing things quite often.
Pray for Jovie. She misses her daddy and wants him back most days but still have her joyful spirit.

We know God still has a plan and future for us. We miss Sean everyday but believe he is the happiest he’s ever been.
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For those who couldn't come to Sean's celebration of life, or those wanting to watch it again here is the link.

https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=557192774688006&id=110927512267191
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everyone is invited to the celebration of life for Sean J Lalonde, at 1pm, Kelowna Christian Center, 905 Badke rd. WILL BE LIVE STREAMED at www.kcc.net
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Raised by 397 people in 19 months
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on behalf of Sean Lalonde
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