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Jan 14, 2016 5:48 PM

Siblings collecting chap stick for hospital patients in memory of NH boy who died of cancer


SANDOWN - Cole Stoddard, a loving and silly brother, twin, son and friend died almost four years ago after fighting a hard battle with neuroblastoma, a pediatric cancer.

He was 5-years-old.

A week before Cole died, he looked to his father, Tony, and said, "I'm not going to grow up to be or do anything." Tony Stoddard assured his son that he would do something big, and stuck to that promise.

Tony, and Cole's mother, Michelle, started a movement - to go gold during the month of September:

"Lighting gold is the first step toward greater awareness of childhood cancer -awareness that will hopefully lead to increased funding, which will lead to more research, that will hopefully lead to a cure for all types of childhood cancer."

Cole's parents also wanted to dedicate this month to parents who have gone through what they have- to help heal their hearts too.

And Cole is still doing something great!

His twin brother, Troy, and older sister Tara, remember how much Cole loved his peppermint chap stick- his lips were always chapped in the hospital from his medications.

Troy and Tara want to collect different types of chap stick/ lip balm, until February 14, to donate to the hospital.

Bre's Ice Creamery at 259 E Main St., in East Hampstead, is collecting chap stick donations and will donate .25 for every ice cream purchased when donating a chap stick/lip balm. The money raised will then be used to purchase additional chap sticks for the collection.

Chap stick/ lip balm can also be mailed to PO Box 273, Sandown, NH, 03873.

This special little boy is still making a difference around the community and spreading awareness about pediatric cancer. All donations of chap stick/ lip balm are welcome to keep Cole's memory alive!


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