Little Boy Passes Away After Battle With Cancer

Posted at 4:31 PM, Mar 24, 2014
and last updated 2014-03-24 17:57:12-04

MUSKEGON, Mich., (March 23, 2014) — After a three-year battle with cancer, a little boy from Muskegon County has passed away.

The family of 6-year-old Gavin Sima tells FOX 17 that he died Saturday night, surrounded by loved ones. Gavin has been fighting Lymphoma, Myelodysplastic Syndrome & Leukemia. He was recently sent home on hospice care to live out his final days with family and familiar surroundings.

Gavin and his family haven’t been alone with his battle. Just this past Tuesday, more than 100 people gathered at his home, wearing yellow and holding candles, to show their support for the little boy. Shirts were also sold at that vigil, which brought in more than $1,000.

A visitation for Gavin will be held on Wednesday, March 26 at The Lee Chapel of Sytsema Funeral Homes, Inc. in Norton Shores from 5-8pm.  A celebration of life service will be held at 2pm on Thursday, March 27 at Kainay Community Church with Pastor Joseph Vest officiating. Gavin’s burial will take place at Laketon Township Cemetery.

Gavin’s family is asking those planning to attend either the visitation or funeral to wear their favorite “Gavin T-Shirt” or his favorite color, blue.

If you’d like to buy a shirt to help Gavin’s family with funeral expenses, those can be purchased here. Memorial contributions can also be made to Shoreline Federal Credit Union, which is located at 2735 Estes Street in Muskegon.