Back in January, 6-year-old Devin Suau went snowboarding with his family and took a fall. After getting checked out for a concussion, Devin’s parents heard the word that no parent should ever hear, “Cancer.” Devin was diagnosed with Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG), a rare and inoperable brain tumor. The tumor, located in the brain stem, will impact Devin’s heartbeat, breathing, eyesight, and other functions. This spunky and silly little boy has been given 8 months to 2 years to live.
Someone has to be the first to beat this horrible disease, so why not Devin? That’s exactly the question Jade Rivera and the Suaus wants answered. Suau family friend and Bryant University student Jade has been sharing the campaign for Devin, here on campus and beyond. #WhyNotDevin is hope that a cure will be found for Devin, but it’s also about raising awareness of DIPG for all children diagnosed.
Devin became police chief for a day in Framingham, MA; he kicked off Boston’s St. Patrick’s Day parade; and he’s received a personal video message from Patriot’s player Rob Gronkowski. The #WhyNotDevin campaign is starting to reach far and wide. With this kind of passion and cooperation, the #WhyNotDevin fight can leave a large impact.
Jade spoke with Bryant’s Love Your Melon crew on Monday, April 3, to share how Bulldogs can help. First, follow the #WhyNotDevin campaign on Facebook and Instagram. Make #WhyNotDevin signs, take pictures with them, and continue posting to spread awareness. Let’s not let this fight fade away.