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-Connor was born on Feb 9, 2007- a happy, healthy and perfect baby. In 2009 Connor was promoted to big brother, a role he instantly loved. His sister Ava was his partner in crime and best friend. From early on Connor was a bright light that truly lit up the world to all those around him. He was smart, witty and loved to make others laugh. Connor had a love for so many things in life, particularly comedy and movies (Impractical Jokers, Adam Sandler, Kevin Hart). He also loved Superhero’s from a young age and affectionately became nicknamed “Captain Connor” upon diagnosis.
Connor also had a love for all sports – Baseball (Red Sox ), basketball (Celtics), football (Patriots), hockey (Bruins). He played for many local organizations including McCabe Waters, Upwards and Exteme Karate. In late 2015 Connor started to develop a slight limp that he brushed off when asked about. “I’m fine, Mom.”
While playing in a basketball game Connor took a hit and fell to the ground in pain. It was this fall that led us to discover something more serious was going on. The initial x-rays suggested a possible hip fracture but needed more testing. Following was a whirlwind of tests, imaging and multiple biopsies. The waiting was agonizing and Connor’s pain intensified. In early 2016 Connor was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a rare bone cancer. He immediately had surgery to place a port in his chest so he could begin a long and grueling regiment of harsh chemotherapies. Connor’s smile and positive attitude never swayed. His bright light continued to shine despite the diagnosis and treatments. This was also in part to many organizations aimed to helping children with life threatening illnesses.
Connor attended The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp for a summer session as well as some family sessions. THITWGC was founded by Paul Newman and serves seriously ill children around the world. At camp Connor was able to “raise a little hell” and just be a kid. He created lasting friendships with campers, staff and counselors. July 2017 was one of his best summers, thanks to so many at camp.
Connor was also a member of the men’s ice hockey team at Wesleyan Univeristy thanks to Team Impact, an organization that matches children with illnesses to local collegiate sport teams. Wesleyan staff and students welcomed not only Connor but our entire family with open arms. The most amazing friendships and bonds were created at the rink, in the locker room, with his team on their bus to games and when they visited at home or during a hospital stay.
Connor was also granted a wish for a pool through Make-A-Wish. Thanks to partnerships with Scarritts Pool and Spa and Valley View Excavating LLC. Connor’s dream wish became a reality. Many organizations, friends, family and even strangers were there to lend a hand and offer financial and emotional support, not just to Connor but our family. We are FOREVER grateful. Now it is our turn to help others while honoring our son and hero, Captain Connor.
The Captain Connor Albert Foundation Inc. was created so we can give back just as so many have to us during our time of need.
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