"There are some who bring a light so great to the world
that even after they have gone the light remains."
We have established this fund in memory of Brian, and will
be donating yearly to this cause.
Meredith, Rich, Catherine and Shawn
From Brian's family:
Our hearts are broken. This morning we lost Brian, beloved
son, husband and brother. He was the bravest man I know. He fought so hard for
so long to battle this terrible disease. He had to endure more pain than anyone
should ever have to and he did it without complaint. He always put those he
loved before himself. We will miss him so much.
Brian battled this disease for almost 16 years, through
dozens of surgeries and countless treatments. Through it all he went to
college, started a career, and found the love of his life. In the end the
cancer proved to be too difficult to overcome. Because of his typical high
tolerance for pain, even we didn’t know how sick he was. The end came very
quickly for him as the cancer had completely consumed his lungs.
His life was way too short, but he lived it to the fullest.
He fought right to the end and still showed compassion for others over himself
even at the end. He was apologizing last week that he was sorry he was keeping
me up as he was struggling to breathe in the early morning hours. That was
always Brian, he never expected people to have to do things for him.
Right now, the grief is still so overwhelming.
Brian, we will always love you and are so proud of the man
you were and the way you fought this disease to the end.
Damon, Tricia, Daria, Shane, Troy and Jared
------------About Aaron's Presents-------------
Aaron’s Presents is a registered 501(c)(3) youth development
organization founded in memory of Aaron Makaio Schneider (June 19-27, 2013)
that is helping kids find purpose and meaning by having an early encounter with
using their unique gifts and qualities to make an impact on others’ lives.
Kids in 8th grade and below can propose and carry out any idea as long as it has a positive impact on
at least one other person, animal or the environment. It’s up to them to join,
and they direct the entire process. We have been able to attract kids from all
walks of life, but focus on youth in the gateway cities of Lawrence,
Lowell, and Lynn, MA where the opportunity gap is severe. Each young person has a critical role to play in helping their
communities grieve, heal and achieve greater equity now and for future
generations. It is our hope that this work will reflect Brian's youthful, compassionate, selfless, loving spirit by bringing more healing, joy, love and community into the world and adding to his beautiful legacy.