When Spencer was receiving brain cancer treatments at Primary Children’s Medical Center in Salt Lake City, he found a new and special friend. Her name was Suzie. Suzie was 9 years old. She was a sweet, beautiful little girl who loved anything purple. Spencer’s favorite color was purple after that. Suzie had leukemia. Suzie went through bone marrow transplant treatments after finding a match on an international donor registry. She went through the bone marrow transplant isolation and was doing well until shortly after she was allowed to go out with her family for the first time in 100 days. She soon developed an infection in her lungs that she could never recover from and she passed away. Spencer was crushed. After that, every time he would get balloons it always seemed that there was at least one that was purple.

Every time he had a purple balloon he would take it outside and let it go. When we asked him why, he simply said that he was “giving it to Suzie to say thank you for being his friend. It would drift up towards heaven and she would find it.”

So now every year at Spencer’s party we give each parent and child and chaperon a purple balloon. We tell them about Spencer’s gift to Suzie. We give them the option of taking the balloon home or saying thank you to Spencer for giving us some great ideas to help our community be a better place.