Rakan was born on April 20, 2010, and died in September 2016 from a Wilms Tumor, a rare pediatric cancer that currently has no cure. (Several of the children who have I Run for Michael buddies have Wilms Tumors and their families help inform those of us in the group about this disease.) Rakan’s mom is part of the incredible United Nations Foundation communications team, so I knew of Rakan because of my affiliation with Shot at Life, a UN Foundation program.
These lessons are timeless, compact thought packets to tuck away for those times when you feel like you may be losing your way.
Six Lessons Learned from Six Years of Life
Life is great when you are accompanied by that person you look for first thing in the morning, the person who you know and who knows you best. If that person is your big brother, even better.
Even little people have the power to do hard things.
Embrace your many heritages. They are what make you- and us- who we are.
It feels great to help people, and to be helped by loving friends, family and community. We all need each other.
Great things come in small packages, sometimes with giant, light-up-the-world smiles. Like Minions.
Our work here is unfinished. We are all still writing the pages in Rakan Stormer’s life.
~ Aaron Sherinian
Write a Page in Rakan’s Book
You don’t have to have known Rakan to help fill the pages of his life that are still to be written. Here are a few ways to help:
Follow his website here.
Make a contribution to support Wilms tumor research at the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Children’s National in Rakan’s name.
Register to become a marrow donor through this link, which tracks people who got matched in memory of Rakan.
As Aaron said in his tribute, little people do have the power to do hard things. Whether you are “big” or “little,” let these six lessons from six years empower you to make a difference today.
Photos Courtesy of Zain Habboo, Rakan’s mom.
Wife of one, Mom of two, Friend of many. My pronouns are she/her/hers.