SUDBURY (CBS) — A wake for the little boy who inspired the #WhyNotDevin movement was held Monday.

Six-year-old Devin Suau, of Framingham, lost his fight against Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG), a rare pediatric brain cancer, on Friday.

The wake was at Saint Anselm Church in Sudbury. Hundreds of Devin’s friends, classmates, community members, and family members attended.

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Mourners line up outside a church for Devin Suau’s wake (WBZ-TV)

Lorelei Capuzzi, a family friend, said Devin was charismatic and loved by many.

“He is just that exuberate child, you’re drawn to him,” she said. “More importantly, from the day that I met Christine [Devin’s mom], he has been in her arms. So seeing that void in my friend, I don’t know how it can be filled.”

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Christine and her son Devin Suau (WBZ-TV)


Devin had even gotten to know many Boston police officers after he was awarded the task of being an honorary member of the Boston Police Department and leading the St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

On Sunday, the Boston Police Department said: “there’s assuredly a special place in heaven for police officers (especially the honorary ones), we’re quite certain Devin’s watching over all of us now.”

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Devin riding The Bear during the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. (Photo Courtesy: Boston Police | Facebook)

James Suau, Devin’s dad thanked everyone for their support. He said, “Over the last nine months, is been a village, it’s been a country, international. ”

The Suau family created the #WhyNotDevin campaign after Devin was diagnosed at the beginning of the year. There is no cure for DIPG.

Marine Sgt. Eugene Byrant is one of the many people who worked to raise money for the cause.

“And I promise you this, that every single thing that I do from here on out, I will be thinking about him,” he said.

Christine Suau said, “And if people could just continue to spread awareness for DIPG and that someday there will be a cure and kids won’t have to go down this horrific path.”


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