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Photo courtesy of Bob Holden
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The U.S. Coast Guard treated Middle Village resident Colin Flood, who died of leukemia, with a visit and personal tour of a helicopter.

After more than two years of a desperate fight against Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia, 8-year-old Middle Village resident Colin Flood died on Sunday, according to father Kevin Flood’s Facebook page.

“Heaven received a new angel today,” Kevin wrote on his Facebook page on June 22.

The Middle Village resident was described as athletic and outgoing and many pictures show him in a New York Mets shirt.

He received his first round of chemotherapy in the 2012 Christmas season after Colin experienced fevers, night sweats, aches and pains, The Courier previously reported. Colin was forced to quit the peewee basketball league at his school Our Lady of Hope Catholic School after he began the treatment.

After a successful bone marrow drive in 2012 and a brief victory over the cancer that same year, Colin experienced a resurgence of the disease in 2013.

“It felt like a boulder had fell on us. His life, our lives, our family is once again being ripped apart by this horrible disease. This time his chance for a cure is much lower, and everything is harder, riskier and more difficult. Colin is in a fight for his life, a fight no child should ever be in once, never mind twice,” the family wrote on a charity site shortly after the relapse.

Not long after, in March of this year, the U.S. Coast Guard visited Colin in Juniper Valley Park to treat him to a helicopter visit.

“That is exactly the reason I have faith. What an extraordinary kid…He reminded all of us how precious life,” Barbara Doyle-Sarti wrote on the father’s Facebook page, after hearing the news that Colin died. “God help you Kevin. No one should ever have to bury a child. My prayers to each of you trying to cope with such unfathomable loss.”

 

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