BOSTON (CBS) – Mayor Marty Walsh declared Friday Devin Suau Day in Boston in honor of the young Framingham boy who inspired the #WhyNotDevin movement.
Devin, who suffered from a rare form of pediatric cancer called Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG), would have turned seven years old on Friday. He died last week from the rare disease.
“The City of Boston has been inspired by Devin’s courageous journey and brave fight,” Walsh wrote while proclaiming Friday Devin Suau Day. “We will remember him for his kindness, strength, and for the positive impact he made on so many people.”
City Hall was lit up green, the color of Devin’s favorite superhero.
Many mourners wore green to Devin’s funeral this week, and he was laid to rest in a green casket.
Walsh said he hopes Devin Suau Day will help raise awareness for DIPG.
“Devin’s never-give-up spirit and quest for DIPG support and awareness was far reaching,” he said.
Members of the Suau family visited with Walsh at City Hall on Friday.
“In honor of Devin’s birthday today we are asking others to give the gift of kindness,” said Christine Soutter Suau, Devin’s mom. “Devin had an unbelievable impact in less than seven years of his life, and we are so grateful to all who are helping to carry his legacy forward. We want to thank Devin’s Army, the City of Boston and all those who have supported us and our family. The fight continues at #WhyNotDevin. Much love and kindness.”