Thank you BlackBerry

By Ryan Blundell on 7 May 2014 08:45 am EDT
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Thank you BlackBerry; honestly and truly, thank you. I know it's an odd statement to make, though if you think about it, we all kind of share our kind sentiments and gratitude in some manner to our smartphones, no matter how small. In the struggle many may face when it comes to attempting to unplug ourselves from our devices, it's almost inarguable to say that without them, and we would sometimes be at a loss.

Thankful; I've wrestled with this idea for quite some time. I have to admit it's not easy to feel that way these days. I feel lost without my son Keian who passed away from T-cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia on January 1st 2014. I cannot even think of how to convey my grief. What he enjoyed. What he did for others. How we tried everything to protect him. Amongst countless emotions and thoughts; we are thankful for our time with him, albeit brief. We are also thankful for anyone and anything that helped us spend as much time with him as we did.

I know it's odd for me to say, trust me, I find it odd that I'm even saying it. But I can't help thinking about what helped us connect and stay as strong as we had been. So yes, I am thankful to BlackBerry, just as I am thankful to Lego for letting us create together and for transforming Keian from an observer as Daddy built to an amazing builder. I'm thankful to Nintendo for their Wii and Wii U which allowed him to kick my butt again and again (…and again). I'm thankful to Crayola which let Keian's creativity shine through.

I can honestly say from July 2012 until January 2014 we were in a constant state of fight or flight, with the emphasis on fight. Fighting to keep him with us, fighting to make every moment one of quality, love and joy for him. Moments of sitting on the couch and using the laptop were becoming extremely rare so we relied on our BlackBerry smartphones and our BlackBerry PlayBook tablets to be our constant companions. They were our go to devices when we researched each and every type of chemotherapy drug that was given to him. Each time we were given his CBC (Complete Blood Count) on a weekly, daily or even hourly basis, we shared white blood cell and absolute neutrophil counts with each other via BBM if we were out of the room. We connected with friends and family through Facebook, Twitter, BBM, SMS and even good old fashioned phone calls to give them updates, plan visits and to schedule meal drop offs for us for when we stayed at the hospital. During those hospital stays, we would use the video chat to talk, share goofy faces or watch Keian dance.

Keian had relapsed twice during his treatment; once in his spinal fluid and the second time in his bone marrow. When he first relapsed, the game plan had changed; he would need a bone marrow transplant which required a potentially long term stay at the hospital. Now, with me being off work we could no longer afford to keep our suite out of town while being at the hospital full time. We were offered a 26 foot camping trailer located at the back of the hospital. So we then packed up all but the essentials into storage and moved to Vancouver; where we stayed in that trailer between March and mid May. I have to give kudos to my wife for her organizational skills. Between notes and images, her BlackBerry smartphone became a detailed database of each box and their contents; which helped me out whenever I had to go on a supply run through our packed up items. At this point, especially with Keian's baby brother (and bone marrow donor) Joren, only one of us could stay overnight with Keian at a time, given the isolation rooms being quite small. So one of us would stay in the trailer overnight with his brother and would then visit as much as we could while he was in transplant isolation.

I found my daily tasks and communication so much easier on the BlackBerry 10 operating system.

Now you may ask about the accommodations at the trailer. Electricity? Yes. Water and plumbing? Yes. Cable? No. Wi-Fi? No. So now our BlackBerry smartphones were our only connection when we were apart. It was my source of entertainment, computer, radio, almost anything I needed, and I had to rely on one device. Shortly after the BlackBerry Z10 launched, Telus contacted me through Twitter and gifted me with one . I found this odd as I had never been a Telus customer and was even an employee of another carrier, but I was extremely excited nonetheless. Keian thought my Z10 was cool, mostly for the games he would play on it and how quickly he could take pictures now. Though I loved my BlackBerry Bold 9900, I found my daily tasks and communication so much easier on the BlackBerry 10 operating system. The browser was so much quicker and easier to navigate, though sometimes, I would still use BlackBerry Bridge to get the larger screen experience on my PlayBook when I needed it. Between the swipe gestures and predictive keyboard, I was able to get more done is a smaller period of time. Less time on the tasks, more time with Keian.

During his treatment, we kept a record of most of Keian's journey through a blog, which was aptly named Keian's Journey. My wife did most of the writing and would often do so on her BlackBerry smartphone. As soon as an update would hit, I would update on Twitter and she on Facebook. Shortly after his second relapse we stopped focussing on the blog and used a Team Keian twitter account and Facebook group to keep everyone in the loop; both of which were mostly updated from our respective BlackBerry smartphones. We were also contacted by the media numerous times and would have to respond quickly to emails and photo/video requests. Running to the laptop was few and far between as we could easily access my Dropbox account to share folders to get images off to the reporter before the deadline. Time with Keian, although always cherished, was becoming increasingly precious, so it was quick updates during the day and longer ones when the kids were asleep. We would scour the internet for possible treatments, alternative, experimental, you name it - we researched it. Almost every nurse and doctor commented that we were known for our questions and research. How could you not when you are trying to save your child?

Sons want to be like their fathers and Keian was no different. He had a dummy unit Curve 8310 that pretended to use and would grab ours when he had the chance. I'm not making this up when he said that he wanted to have a Z10 when he grew up, just like daddy. I told him about the recently released Z30 (at the time) and he decided he wanted a better BlackBerry smartphone than me. Last August, we upgraded my wife to the Q10 and Keian's immune system was strong enough to allow him to come with us. At a Best Buy, my wife commented to the mobile manager that I used to write for CrackBerry and coincidently a BlackBerry representative was setting up his booth a few feet away. It was difficult to carry on a conversation with him, and watch an avid Android fan challenge him to make him convert.

BlackBerry means business and so does Keian.

As much as I wanted to engage, my focus since July 2012 was on my son and felt bad about focussing elsewhere, even for a couple of minutes. But Keian liked looking at the phones on display and was excited when he was given BlackBerry 10 pens and other swag. I don't know if he felt more connected to me through my interests. Perhaps he knew we connected through what he liked that he wanted to do the same for me. The BlackBerry representative took a picture of Keian and I at the BlackBerry table that you saw above. I loved how Keian wanted to wear a shirt and tie. BlackBerry means business and so does Keian.

When he passed, my world fell apart. My son, my best friend, was no longer here. We shared so many common interests and to have that taken away, there are no words. We keep fighting in our own way and will continue to honour Keian by helping other oncology families. We will do so using our BlackBerry smartphones, through social media, BBM Channels and future BlackBerry apps. We fight as he did. I am thankful to be Keian's dad and thankful for each second we had. I'm thankful to the CrackBerry community for the support throughout Keian's treatment, both financially and emotionally. Our BlackBerry smartphones helped us capture Keian in dozen's of voice notes, hundreds of videos and thousands of pictures. They helped us share our laughter, smiles, fears and sorrows through social media. They kept us in contact with friends and family. They allowed us to jot down terminology, treatments and more with little effort. They helped us focus less on all of that and more on time with Keian. So BlackBerry, for as odd as it my sound, you were indirectly a huge part of all of this and for that I thank you.

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Thank you BlackBerry

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He looks like he was an amazing kid. Thoughts and prayers to you and your family.

Slainte, Knowledge is power... Posted via CB10

I agree, they are always still with us. I remember reading some of your posts from before, your amazing for being so strong an positive with everything that has happened.

Try to smile every time you think of him. I promise you he is doing the same ;)

Posted by Antoniius via my sexy white Q10.

I remember this. Just brings a tear to my eye just talking about. As a father myself I can only imagine the pain.

Swiped via CB10 with my T-Mobile USA (Only T-Mo rep still pushing)  ‎BlackBerry Q10...oh wait a sec....its my new Z30, son! The holy grail of phones!

Thank you for sharing your story. The journey both past and present cannot be easy. It is those memories and the sharing of pictures and better times that allow all of us to get through the pain. My sympathy continues to go to you and your family.

Thanks for sharing your family's story. I can't even begin to imagine what you were and still going through. My children mean the world to me and it would be amazingly difficult to carry on after something like that.
Peace to you and your family.

Posted via CB10

As a parent I could only fantasy a nightmare for loosing my own son!

Greatly and deeply saddened by the loss of your son!

Keep your spirits up as best you can know that he will not suffer heartache, starvation, longing, physical or other illnesses, etc. He left with the joys you and yours gave to him shared with him.

Take care.

BlackBerry Q10  & Full Metal CB10!

Well said my friend.

Swiped via CB10 with my T-Mobile USA (Only T-Mo rep still pushing)  ‎BlackBerry Q10...oh wait a sec....its my new Z30, son! The holy grail of phones!

Thank you for sharing your story. It was a tough read for me as it was hard not to tear up. I'm so sorry for your loss. God Bless.

Next BBM update....BBM Peak

I have a 5 year old and a two year old and my eyes are getting tears in them from your story.

We lost my 3 year old niece in an accident so I know how deeply this sadness touches. Our positions in the world are so fragile. We're so lucky to get even a glimpse of life.

Wow. What an incredible story. Thanks for sharing. I couldn't keep the tears back.

I have six children and losing one is my only fear in life.

Seems boys from all over have the same loves. Lego, Nintendo, and using technology!

Posted via CB10

I lost my sister when we were both children to the same disease, so God Bless your son, and as a parent now, I cannot comprehend your loss. Stay strong and thank you for sharing your story.

Sorry for your loss, really tugs at your heart, God's Blessing and Peace to you and your family.

Posted via CB10

+1000!

Thank you for having the resolve to tell this story, it's an amazing read and I feel for your loss.

Posted via CB10

I just got shivers down my spine as I read that last sentence.

I heard about your family through CB at an earlier point of time.
I hope things work out.
We are here for you.
#crackberrycommunity
#keianlives

Zeeeeeeeeeeeeee ^_^

Sorry to hear of your loss. Soon BlackBerry will have real time access to medical data making it easier for situations like yours.

Be strong!

Posted via CB10

I had breastcancer in 2011, I know how important contact with the "outside" world is, when you're fighting the big battle. I'm so sorry to hear your son didn't make it. I wish you and your loved ones all the strength,to give it a place in your life, your son will go on living in your mind and heart.... big hug

Posted via CB10

Thanks for your story.. I for one have been very faithful too BlackBerry and the people just because of people like yourself. May your family find comfort in this extremely difficult phase. God bless

Posted via CB10

Condolences on your huge loss! Thanks for sharing your story, both the human side and the "valuable tools"aspects. Both may help others. What a lot of love! My prayers for comfort for you and your wife.

Posted via CB10

As a Dad with two boys who also love Blackberry and use the devices to stay in touch sometimes across continents, your story made me cry. Your piece is beautifully written with your affection and adoration for your little boy being evident. The picture of him in his tie because "Blackberry means business" will stay with me. There is nothing I can say that can express my sorrow for your loss.

What a very lovely post. To simply say I am very sorry for your loss doesn't seem enough to convey how deeply sad I feel for you and your family.

Not long after your son died, someone (Kevin perhaps?) re-posted a video review of a BlackBerry case which you and your son had done together. It was adorable and it was so clear how much fun your son was having as he hurled that phone around your yard. The closeness between the two of you was palpable, and you were both having such a great time.

I hope that happiness is what you'll think of as you remember him. His time on this earth was too too short, and my thoughts go out to you and your family.

Q10, SQN100-2, 10.2.1.2234

He was lucky to have a great father like yourself....sounds like your family fulfilled every minute of his time with love.

Posted via CB10

If only BlackBerry had invested in Health care earlier this little boy would have been saved. RIP little man.

Powered by my BlackBerry (Z10). Join my #BBM Channels C001227CF, C00476C37, C003829C9, C002454C9,C002190AC, C00120CE3

Beautiful post. I offer my condolences. May your little man rest in peace. He's in a far better place.

Posted via CrackBerry App

Touching, very touching deep and meaningful. Your son is warrior who transition to the afterlife. Will have an everlasting impact on the people he has come into contact threw the years. I'm gratefully sorry for your loss, but your son's warrior spirit I'm sure stays with your family and you!

Posted via CB10

My Z10's screen touched its first tear today. Good post; a good reminder for all of us that life and each moment is a precious gift. We are blessed with the opportunity to help others, something many do not have. Let's not waste any of it. I wish you all the possible joy going forward in life. Thank YOU.

I can't imagine what you are going through. Love my boys like nothing else. So sorry for your loss. So glad you were able to capture all those great moments! He is never really gone and is by your side till you meet again. :')

Sad to hear of your loss, and Thank You for bringing to fore the many ways that BlackBerry makes our lives worthwhile.

Thank you for sharing your story, Ryan. Those moments with your son are treasure. My condolences to you and your family.

 CB10 

I lost my wife of 15 years in 2011 and the 3 months of bedside vigil by my self, my daughter, my sister and other family members would have been unquestionably more difficult with out our blackberries. The phones mean nothing in and of themselves, in the face of deaths enormity, but the seamless communicative value they bring goes un noticed. I hope I never have to feel like I did they day I told my daughter, mommy isn't coming home. And for you, I know you understand you never get over this...only learn to go on.

Posted via CB10

I am so sorry for your loss. God bless you and your family.

Posted using Z30. Best of the best Smart phone in the world.

Wow can't say a crackberry story has ever brought tears to my eyes before.

Love the tie. :)

Rkelly on his Zed10

Heck of a story and hits the gut. As a dad myself, it's definitely something none of us can get until you go through it. I respect and feel honored for you sharing this. Peace to you as much as possible. Heart goes out to your family.

Posted via CB10

Nothing like starting my day off with a good cry. I'm so sorry for the loss of you child and couldn't possible fathom what you went through. This is another reminder to me how fortunate we are to have our health. My son has my old z10, 1) because he wants to be like Dad and 2) it's how we keep in contact.

Thank-you for sharing your wonderful story.

Posted Via my Kick @ss BlackBerry Z30

Beautifully written and so sad. I can't imagine how hard it is to lose a child. How wonderful it is to be able to carry around all those pictures and sneak a peek whenever you like. So many memories stored in your pocket.
Sincere condolences to you and your family.
Judy

Posted via CB10 on my Q10

I am so sorry for your loss and thank you so much for sharing with us. I pray that God will bless you and your family and saturate your hearts with His peace and love and comfort you during your grief.

arTie's berry "Q10"

Wow! What an amazing story! I was teary eyed by the end of it all and for that I thank you good sir! I haven't been very caring lately although I'm believe I'm a good person but honestly your story touched my heart (your son touched my heart and he will continue to touch people's hearts)!

God Bless!

 BlackBerry Q10  Keep The Faith 

My thoughts are with you and your family. Glad to see the powerful BlackBerry helped you stay connected.

Posted via CB10

I'm sorry for your loss. My son has been fighting a brain tumour for almost 4 yrs now. He was 10 when he was diagnosed. It's hard on life when our kids have to go through something like this. I get my strength from family, friends and God.
God bless you and your family.

Posted via Q5 easily

Thank you for honoring us with your story, Ryan. It is so good to hear from you. Your son was a warrior, and his parents did everything possible to aid him in his battle. It is obvious you are determined to honor his life and to go on for the sake of his brother. Your tremendous resiliency is obvious. I certainly hope we get to hear from you in the future. Blessings on your family. The CrackBerry Nation salutes you!

Your story touched me deeply. I hope that over time the pain becomes more bearable.

Posted via CB10

A very powerful, heart-wrenching story. Best wishes to you, your wife, your extended family, and friends.

Thank you for sharing. God bless you and your family. My heart hurts for your loss. I understand all too well the loss of a child and memories are so important. I am glad you were able to build the best ones possible given the circumstances. My hats off to Telus for coming through for you and for BlackBerry Technology aiding through your difficult time. But most of all for you two being such wonderful parents. May "Time" be kind to you and yours in your healing process. With all the Love, Light and Blessings from my family to your family.

Posted via CB10

My sincere and humble condolences go out to you and all your family. I thank God for my son's well being every day and I thank you for having the courage to share such a sensitive event that happened in your life.
May your son rest in peace.

Via my Z10 #Ichooseblackberry10

Thanks for sharing.

Keep your head up and keep fighting the good fight, I'd be absolutely shattered of anything happened to my little guys

Posted via CB10

I'm deeply touched and all choked up by your story right now, thanks for sharing, Sincere Condolences God Bless you and your Wife Ryan

Posted via CB10

My dad died some time ago, I can only imagine losing your child is worse than that, good article and sorry for your loss.

Star Wars fan? Come join us C00121E8E

Your post really ripped at my gut and 1st let me say how truly sorry I am for your loss.

It hits me so hard today, because last night, I had a pretty nasty argument with my 16 year old son. (won't get into the details but it was about his mother and my divorce and custody and how things spiraled out of control after I was at one of the sites on 9/11).

Your posting just Re emphasized how precious it the time we have with our children and sweating the little crap (which this argument was) puts everything back into perspective. As soon as I wipe the tears from my eyes, I will reach out to my son using bbm to profusely apologize.

Stay strong my brother. Your story is an inspiration to us all.

 CB10 

I am deeply sorry for your loss. This story of staying connected, using messenging, Internet and other tools for that purpose. It is that what the public need to see and hear. Beyond security, it is connectedness.

My prayers are with you.

Posted via CB using my Q10

Sorry for your loss but be reminded that he is now watching over you and he is now one of your guardian angels. Thanks for sharing your story.

Posted via CB10

Thank you, Ryan, for sharing your story. My deepest condolences. I don't think we will ever overcome our grief; we just have to learn how to cope with it. Wish you all the best.

Posted by CB10 via Z30

"BlackBerry means business and so does Keian.".

I think it's time for the 'Keian' series!

As i read, i thought about how my son and i share the same moments with video games, BlackBerry's and technology. The saved voice mails BlackBerry alows me to easily keep when my son leaves me a voicemail. The storymaker that helps me easily make videos with music and his pictures. The time shift feature in pictures when i jokingly go back and forth making his face look silly. Its crazy how a BlackBerry can be used to help us have very memorable moments.

Tomorrow 5/8/14 is 'Donuts with Dads' at my sons elementary school. On the way in, i will take a moment, let my son know i love him and have a moment for Keian and the relationship he had with his Dad and Family.

Stay strong!

Posted via CB10

+1 on the Keian series.

One hell of a story. Terribly sad but really should be a BlackBerry case study... or part of a mini site dedicated to how BlackBerry changed people's lives.

Sorry for your loss.

Posted via CB10

Sorry for your loss, I hope you and your family find peace and happiness with the memories you have captured.

Posted via Z10 or Q10

Thanks Ryan. May God bless your family, and help you through this difficult times.

Also hope all those in BlackBerry drew strength from your story, knowing that the product they created did a difference, whilst they are fighting for their own survival.

Posted via CB10

Thank you so much for coming here and sharing your story. I couldn't keep the tears out of my eyes. I will hug my son so tight tonight he will think I'm going away for a month! My heartfelt condolences to you and your family.

A great story, thanks for sharing and Thankyou BlackBerry. May he rest in peace ameen.

Posted via CB10 on the BlackBerry Z30

I am so sorry for your loss sir. My deepest condolences and from my heart I wish you and your family members our community's strong support.
Thanks for sharing your story.
Blessed be.

/p.

I am sorry you lost your son. Thank you for sharing your stories with all of us. You, and your family, will be in prayers. God Bless.

Thank you for sharing your story. It sounds brave. I think it is great that father and son share their passion for the same brand. My condolences go out to your whole family.

Thanks for getting it all out Ryan. My thoughts are with you and your family.

Love the picture from BestBuy. :)

Thank you for the reminder that every day with loved ones is a gift. My deepest sympathy for your family's loss. When my mom had surgery for cancer on her renal vein the hospital was over 2 hrs away and much time was spent there and in hotels. The cancer came back 4 years ago and she had another surgery, this time removing her kidney. More time in the hotel followed by a similar stay in a trailer on the hospital grounds for 6 weeks while she had radiation. My BlackBerry @ the time was a Bold 9930 which was our calendar, research tool, immediate communication with her Doctors, family and friends, the maps and apps like Point and Life in Pocket were great helping us navigate a new city etc, (I would've loved having my Z30 then, especially for screen size and media operations). That was 4 years ago and I'm happy to be spending Mothers day with my beautiful mom who is in remission.

My bitchin' Z30 BlackBerry

Thank you for sharing your story, as I kept reading my eyes kept swelling up with tears.. I can't imagine life without any of my children.. thank you for sharing and I know that he is smiling down from heaven.. God bless you.

Posted via CB10

Wow, BlackBerry and Lego are my two favourite things too..... I'm sure they have both in heaven... maybe you'll get a message on your BlackBerry one day with a photo of his latest Lego creation.... but you'll have to watch for the flashing red light on your BlackBerry when he sends you his next message...

Posted using my BlackBerry Z30.

You sir are far stronger than I am, if I lost my daughter in such a way I doubt i'd be here much longer myself. I've never hugged a stranger in my life but as one dad to another, I surely would and actually mean it. I hope you guys pull thru with all my heart brother.

Life is unfair, a child shouldn't go before his parents. This is every parent's big fear. May be one day you can smile without feeling guilty afterwards. Be strong.

Anyway,

Have a nice day

Very touching...may his soul rest in peace...he is in a better place....stay positive as u've always been

Posted via CB10

Sorry for your loss. May he rest in peace. Ll the best to you and your family during these most difficult of times!

Cartman says: Screw you guys I'm going home!

I am saddened by your loss and this disease that takes the most precious from us. God bless you and your family and may you cherish the special moments you and your son have shared. Nothing can take that from you!

AmaZ30ed

Sorry to hear about your loss. Both you and your family are in my prayers.

Posted from my Samsung Galaxy Note Tablet

I'm not an emotional person and that story nearly broke me into tears. I'm so sorry for your loss.

Posted via CB10 on my Z10

What a beautiful story, if terribly sad. I can't even imagine how difficult it's been for you.

Thank you for sharing this with us, Ryan.

So sorry for your loss. Really moving story. Could not even imagine how I would cope if anything happened to my boys.

Posted via CB10

I'm so sorry for your loss.

Hope there will be better days sometime.
This won't be tomorrow or the day after tomorrow.
But there will be better days.

Posted via CB10

Your story touches so close to home. Thanks for sharing with us. May the memories of your son become sweeter with time.

Via CB10 on  Q10

Condolences to you and your family.
I share a similar experience right now with my life and her daily battle with lupus. Our devices keep us connected.

Posted via CB10

Wow, this made me cry big crocodile tears. I would be lost to the world without my daughter. She is the better version of myself and her mother combined. Sorry for your loss

Posted via CrackBerry App

Ryan - thank you for this article. It must have been hard to write.
I'm so sorry for your loss. He was a beautiful boy and you are wonderful parents.

Posted via CB10

I love that he was your best friend. That's the kind of relationship I'd want with my son. And I hope it'd helped you to write this article.

I can't even imagine how it must feel. But you loved each other and that will always be true. You were a lucky dad and he was a lucky son. Your story really touched me.

Wishing you all the best.

Z30 / STA100-5 / 10.2.1.2234 / T-Mobile USA

Thanks for sharing your story.
In the most difficult times of our existence I know God are with us. Thanks.
Our most sincere condolences. We pray for you and your family.

God Bless You!

Mr. and Mrs. Blundell - you have given your child everything; though none of us can even imagine the hardships, we can only wish to hold your hand and offer you a warm hug.

Posted via CB10

Kiean was magical kid giving each and everyone of his love and compassion! I am a soldier of this nasty disease, I was diagnosed with a rare form of lymphoma in 2011 of which I beat and am in full remission. I too have gone through extensive chemo and a bone marrow transplant. I understand that sometimes our fellow fighters that fall from the battle of this horrible disease graces us with the love and compassion of their journey with all of us on earth. Kiean's journey was complete on earth and I am thankful that he showed us in his small time on earth what it is to be strong, and furthermore the little angel that he was. Thankyou!

Posted via CB10

Thanks for sharing your story. As a father of 3 I can't imagine.....I hope in time you and your wife will be ok. godbless.

Posted via CB10

From what I have read here on your posts throughout this, it seems that your son was incredible and that you have a very strong family. I think I'll give my daughter an extra hug when I get home.

Via CBZ10 10.2.1.2947

My deep condolences...
May his soul rest in peace in heaven... Wherever he is... he would be happy and proud of you!
A heart touching story!

Posted via CB10... and my awesome Z10

I wish to you that all those places you went with your son are filled now with sweet memories and love.

You touched my heart. I am thinking of you and your son right now. To me you, your wife and your son are heroes.

Posted with a sexy Q10

Sorry for your loss, my Dad passed away a little while back, I was extremely close to my Dad he was a great man. My Dad had colon cancer it was a long and painful battle. When my Dad died a large part of me died too. But I know where he is, and I look forward to the day that I see him face to face again...

May God bless you and keep you and give you peace.

Take care

www.carm.org

Ryan,
Kiean's story went across the world and touched us all. Thank you for sharing something terribly difficult with us - your son was an inspiration.

Wow, so sad story make me cry. Ryan, you sure great dad and use BlackBerry as way of communication between of dad and son, family, friends. Ur son is proud of you, I am sure. Thankyou for great sharing your story.

Thank you everyone for your kind words. I love this community! Something compelled me to write and, though I thought it would be extremely difficult, the words seemed to flow.

Posted via CB10

Your article brought tears to my eyes. I'll be hugging my two a little tightly and 'big squeezes' it'll be. I hope you find you smile when you think of Keian. My best wishes for you and your family

Posted via CB10

Dear Ryan: I read your blog about your son, Keian, with a heavy heart. I am truly sorry about your loss. As a father myself, I well understand how much we love our children and desire to protect them from harm.

Fathers and sons bond over technology, and I was glad that you and Keian were able to bond over your shared love of BlackBerry devices.

Thank you again for sharing your story, and on behalf of the BlackBerry family, I offer our deepest condolences.

- John Chen

Wow! ...Is all i can say.

I hear the phrases, 'BlackBerry is listening' and 'BlackBerry hears you' a lot on beta zone... but this is something else!

How about a special edition 'Keian' phone?

Posted via CB10

That was incredible, thank you for sharing. My condolences to you, your wife and your family on your loss. Keian was every bit as lucky to have you guys as parents as you were to have him as a son. :)

Wonderful article.

I am very sorry for your loss. Reading this made me realize how easy it is to take your children for granted. I will be hugging my daughter extra hard tonight.

There are no words I can express to make you understand my sincere condolences for your loss after reading your article.

I wish you the best.

Posted via the Android CrackBerry App!

Nothing in the world is harder. Thanks for sharing the wonderful pictures of what I am sure were countless moments of joy.

Very sorry for your terrible loss. Remember, pain shared is pain divided.

Posted using my amazing and intelligent Z10

As a father of 2 young boys I type this with tears in my eyes. I couldn't fathom what you, your son and your family went through. The emotional roller coaster would have destroyed me. The loss is immense and your son is irreplaceable.

My condolences to you and your family. Your son is already missed and I will always be missed.

Posted via CB10

Thank You For sharing the story of your Son. It must be a very difficult story to tell and we should all be thankful regardless of which phone we like to use. You definitely have his strength.

Posted via CB10

Thank you so much for sharing your story. I can't imagine losing a child. It is inspiring and touching to see for a moment through the eyes of someone who has.

I have always treasured time with my children, but you remind me to play with them more and respond to the call of technology less.

God bless you and your family.

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Ryan, I can only pray that God will grant you and your family the strength to bear the loss. Your son is resting peacefully in the bosom of the Lord. I sincerely empathize with you - God bless you.

As a father of two boys I thank you. It's good to be reminded that every moment is precious. I'm glad that you and you son have so many memories to cherish. I hope I can be as present for my boys.

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From one father to another, condolences to you and your family on the loss of your son. I pray that the memories of your times with him will provoke joy and laughter amidst the lingering pain and the inevitable dark days.

Respect for sharing with us, thank you!
Words fall short for whenever there is a loss,
wishing you and your family strength and power to overcome but never forget!

So terribly sad :( what a beautiful boy... thank you for sharing his story! Rest peacefully, Keian.

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When I was fighting meningitis and all its complications my BlackBerry, wife and kids were the only thing that got me through it all. I truly get and appreciate how important BlackBerry was to you.

I'm so sorry for your loss.

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It may be painful to be the one who will bring your boy to his last resting place but you know that he is now in a much better place. I don't want to judge but I hope you didn't forget to love as much as keian as joren. Joren is also is pain and traumatized in this journey.

Love love love. Cheers!

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Thank you Ryan for your words and strength.

I recently lost my youngest brother to Melanoma. Our BlackBerry brothers group and family group will never be the same. But I cherished the time as did you.

My condolences.

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Thank you for sharing your story! You're such a good father. I was deeply touched. I'm sure he's now an angel joyfully watching over you.

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Truly moving Ryan. The courage to even share this story with such eloquence amazes me.

I never really thought of my Z10 this way until reading this tonight. My Mother passed last July on my birthday and our family decided to have a memorial instead of a funeral. My Z10 was used to make a memorial video. Every last detail was created and produced on this device. I'm extremely picky with video editing and such, but this worked flawlessly. We even hooked the Z10 up to a large HD screen and stereo system at the venue. Now it's my turn. Thank you BlackBerry.

Ryan, I knew what you meant when you said it seems odd to say. Now I truly know it's not. Again, thank you for sharing.

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Very sorry for you loss and my condolences to you and your family. I'm sure it took a lot to share that story and I thank you for doing so. May God grant you peace and strength. Our prayers are with you.

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I said it before and I will say it again, I am so so so sorry for your loss.

This made my tear up. I wish there never was any "going away"...

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Thanks for sharing Ryan, I believe Keian's spirit will always be fighting for all of us. He might not be here in present but his spirit will always remain.

BlackBerry, you should put this on your blog, this is a true, real story of how people really rely on your products as tools to communicate during hard times.

I'm so sorry about your loss man. I know how it feels to loose a loved one. I pray things get better for you and your family.

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BlackBerry, is the pest, it's me. I feel mush good with I.., he look so grateful. Smart. Yong. . جميل. شيك. عملى.خاماته جيدة جدا غير قابلة للخدمات. شاشة صافيه. كبير كاف. عملية. نقية. لون ممتاذ.سلس.. انا افضله.ومقتنع كصديق يشارك حياتى. شكرا جزيلا بلاك بيرى

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Thank you very much for sharing your story. Very inspirational and puts your own life in perspective. The loss of a child is an unbearable pain and suffering that must of have been so very difficult to put to words. May your son rest in peace.

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