Letter: Thankful for living in Milford, a caring community

Letter to Editor

Letter to Editor


To the Editor:

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. There is so little funding toward research. At present, only 4 percent of all funding for cancer is earmarked for childhood cancer.

Here is our story. Right after Christmas, 2020, we found out that our baby granddaughter had a brain tumor. She went into the hospital here at Yale New Haven, ended up there for almost a month, and then ended up, the last four months of her life at Saint Jude’s Children’s Hospital in Memphis, Tenn.

This is by far the worst thing that has ever happened in our lifetimes. But I like to always say that if I was told I need to find a positive thing that came out of this whole ordeal, there is one I can come up with. My positive statement would be that I have truly regained all of my faith in human nature.

In a world as crazy as ours is today, we were shown so much love, kindness, caring and generosity by so many people. So very many people reached out, in many different ways. Lots of texts, messages, phone calls, donations to different charities, flowers, food, I can go on and on. I have a stack of cards, between “thinking of you” and sympathy, that I can hardly even count.

There is no way at all, that I could ever thank everyone individually. But please know that every single person who reached out, in whatever way they did, truly means so much. None of this will ever get our Finley back. This is a pain and an unfillable void that we will live with for the rest of our lives. But please know how humbling it is to realize how many people showed such love and kindness to all of us.

Our goal is to have Finley never be forgotten and to have something positive come out of her fearless fight with childhood cancer. She almost made it to her second birthday. This horrific nightmare should never happen to another innocent child. I’d like to reach out with a very special thank you to this fabulous and kind community that we are lucky enough to call home.

We are forever grateful to Gingerbread House of Milford, Mathewson School, Gusto Trattoria, the Corner Restaurant, all of which went above and beyond to aid our family during this very tragic time. Please visit one of the many Alex’s Lemonade Stands, that are popping up in our community, to honor our sweet Finley.

George and Maria Walter