Baton Rouge boy's legacy lives on
POSTED: Wednesday, October 16, 2013 - 5:06pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, October 16, 2013 - 5:32pm
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — His young life was an inspiration to us all, but Wednesday morning, 11-year-old Trevor Sims lost his battle with cancer.
Trevor's dying wish was one we could all learn from. He wanted to help feed the hungry in our area. With the help of countless people who answered his call, thousands are getting the meals they need.
Trevor Sims was a little boy with an extraordinary wish. He wanted to feed the hungry, and Charlene Montelaro of the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank said even though he's no longer here with us, he did make a difference.
"The impact that he's made on us goes beyond the food and the funds that he's brought in. It's in our hearts," Charlene said. "So, it was hard to hear that he was struggling. It was hard to hear that this day was finally coming. We know that he's in a much better place. He's definitely our angel in Heaven now and looking down on us. I think he was a true gift to us all and to teach us some valuable lessons."
Charlene said he's an inspiration, not just to the food bank, but to the entire community. Ryan Chenevert and Josh Howard heard about Trevor's wish, and they wanted to make it come true. For Hunger Action Month the two decided to take the funds they raised from their campaign and put it toward Trevor's wish.
"I think it teaches everyone, whether you are four or forty or even beyond that. That you can do something, a little bit of time and evaluate what's important in life," Josh said.
"To not think of yourself, but to think of other people. Even whenever you do have a last wish, it doesn't have to be able you. It can be about your community. All of our effort was to support him," Ryan said. "It's such an encouragement to see somebody live out such a selfish act as he did. Where instead, he could have gone to Disney World. He could have gone and met Drew Brees. He could have done all these things, but he decided to put himself second."
"Looking beyond yourself," Josh said. "Looking out into the community that you can do something, no matter how big or small it is, if we all pull together that everyone can accomplish."
"All we ever wanted to do was honor his wish and be sure that we could make his wish come true in a big way," Charlene said. "So many people have food to each because of Trevor."
Trevor made such an impact that through his campaign, he collected nearly $65,000, which amounts to more than 350,000 meals.
For those of you who'd like to pay your respects, we want to let you know Trevor is being laid to rest this Saturday morning at Healing Place Church. Visitation is set for 9:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M. with the funeral service to follow.