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Giving Back to Honor Cole

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Bri Rogers

March 27, 2020
On November 6, 2016, Cole Aris unexpectedly passed away from a rare and aggressive form of lymphoma. Cole was an active, fun loving, 8-year-old boy, who loved baseball, fishing, and the beach. He was known for his smile and easy-going personality. Unfortunately, his life was cut far too short. All who knew and loved him have been left trying to cope with his loss ever since.

Cole Aris
Over the past few years, Cole’s family has received an outpouring of love and support; they have been overwhelmed by the amazing gestures and tributes in Cole’s memory. To give back, his family has decided that each year on March 27, Cole’s birthday, they will perform a good deed in his honor.

In these unprecedented times, Cole’s family felt it was fitting to recognize healthcare workers for their selflessness and hard work. On behalf of Cole who was born at GBMC, they have decided to treat GBMC’s Emergency Department and Pediatric Emergency Department to a dinner in his honor. Today would have been Cole’s 12th birthday.

“Every parent who loses a child fears that their child will one day be forgotten. It is important to keep his memory alive and we are constantly looking for ways to do so in our everyday lives,” says Suzanne Aris, Cole’s mother.

GBMC is incredibly grateful for the selfless act of kindness performed by Cole’s family and would like to send our heartfelt thanks. It is in times like these that our community needs to stand together. Thank you for recognizing the hard work of our healthcare employees and may Cole’s memory live on forever.

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