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Joseph John Sunde

1 March 1989 - 25 October 1993

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Joseph Sunde

Joseph was born 1st March 1989 and was two years younger than his brother Edward.

For the next three years Edward and Joseph tumbled through life together. They played together, argued over toys together, went to childcare together and were two very busy, robust little boys.

Joseph had a very special sense of humour and a most infectious laugh. He was never short of courage, often defending his older brother on the playground.

In July 1992 our lives changed forever when Joseph was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL). It was Joseph's tremendous courage and determination which would help us cope with the gruelling challenge he was about to face.

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Portia Sunde

He accepted his change in life so willingly, never complaining about his chemotherapy treatment or the numerous hospital stays and visits.

Despite bouncing into remission shortly after being diagnosed, sadly Joseph relapsed in mid 1993 only to lose his courageous battle a few months later. Joseph's sister, Portia was then born 12 months later.

Today's event gives us the opportunity to keep Joseph's memory alive and also to give something back to the Sydney Children's Hospital and Cancer Institute for all their expert and compassionate care.

We hope that through our loss others may benefit.

John, Christine, Edward and Portia Sunde

In My Heart

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Joseph Sunde with older brother Ed

I see your face often
Looking up from a sweet image
A smile encased in glass
A precious memory

I long to hear your voice
Those innocent words
That nice normal sound
But sadly it has faded

I search for a sign from you
To be sure all is well
I wait for a message
A reassurance you're safe

I talk to you a lot
Out loud and quietly
Hoping you can hear me
Listening for an answer

I am different now
You have altered my soul
I feel apart from others
Yet close to life

I can not touch you
Nor can I hear you, hold you
But always you are there
Forever in my heart

Christine Sunde
November 1993