Grand Haven community holds candlelight vigil for Trevor Howard

A pair of big brown eyes on a small, pale face looked onto a crowd of faces illuminated by flickering flames.
Julie Angell
Aug 16, 2014


The pale face belonged to Trevor Howard, a boy battling leukemia who’s been given just days to live. 
Trevor sat in his hospital bed in Grand Rapids and video chatted a large group gathered for a candlelight vigil in his honor Friday night. 
The crowd stretched from the entrance of Ferry Elementary School into the parking lot. They prayed, they laughed, they cried and they cheered. They yelled, “Go Team Trevor!” loud enough so the 8-year-old boy could hear it at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital in Grand Rapids. 
The orange candle flames, protected by trembling hands, mirrored the shirts that were sold prior to the gathering. The shirts were the color of Leukemia awareness and they were decorated with green lettering — Trevor’s favorite color. 
“This Little Light of Mine” played as children ran around, collecting glow sticks and holding their parents’ hands tight. 
“I think he would be amazed,” Crystal VanKlombenberg, one of the organizers and family members, said as she her eyes teared up. “I just wish he was here to see it.”
To read more of this story, see Saturday's print or e-edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.


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