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Oct 27, 2015 5:22 PM

Parents of Sandown 9-year-old who died delivering cookies offer advice, warning signs for others

SANDOWN - William Chester and his wife Sharon Melanson met with friends and family on Tuesday night at Brookside Church and Funeral Home as they mourned the unexpected loss of their 9-year-old son.

READ: Sandown community mourning 9-year-old boy who died suddenly on his way to deliver cookies

“Everything I see is him, it just goes on and on and it’s just not fair,” said Chester, barely able to speak about his son without shedding tears.

“He loved Crystal, his girlfriend. He had two girlfriends actually, Crystal and Heather, our neighbor,” Melanson said.

That’s just the kind of little boy Christopher was: happy, friendly and generous. So much so, that on the night he died, he was walking cookies he had made to a neighbor’s house when he collapsed.

“My boss and his girlfriend live down the street. I imagined he stopped there and asked if they wanted cookies,” said Chester describing the night of his son’s death.

Turns out Christopher had a heart condition like his mom, an enlarged heart that was just too big for his little body.

Earlier in the day, he was tired, sluggish and out of breath. Melanson said these are warning signs parents should keep an eye out for.

“He was out of breath, and I didn’t think anything of it,” said Chester.

Chester reminds parents to listen to how their children feel and look for the warning signs.

“Add it to the flu shots and chicken pox vaccines and everything else. It’s simple to do, and we didn’t know to do it,” Chester said.

The Sandown community has come to support the family by raising money for the funeral costs and already raised more than $20,000 in two days, leaving Christopher’s family incredibly grateful.

Christopher’s funeral is planned for Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. at the funeral home with a liturgy of the word at 1 p.m. in Saint Anne’s Church on Emerson Avenue in Hampstead.

Christopher was a fourth-grade student at Sandown North Elementary and liked spending time hiking, fishing, working in his yard, horseback riding, boating and riding ATVs.

“Anybody that has kids, squeeze them a little tighter, hold them a little tighter because tomorrow isn’t promised,” said Chester.

If you would like to read more or donate visit the GoFundMe page here.

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