Happy Birthday, Patrick

January 9th, 2012 by Stephen Chance

Patrick Roberts Chance

January 9, 2003 – January 9, 2012

Patrick passed away peacefully today immediately after a ray of sunshine broke through the clouds and lit up his room. He was surrounded by family and friends. Erin read Madison’s birthday letter to him and then he finally won his battle. In addition to the legacy of love we spoke of last night, he will give two strangers the ability to see. How wonderful that his eyes will continue to behold God’s creation.

We will receive visitors at Patterson’s Funeral Home in Midtown on Friday. We need to confirm those details. His celebration service will be at 2:00 on Saturday at Glenn Memorial UMC on the campus of Emory University. Peace be with you.

Love, Stephen, Erin, Madison, and Anna

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59 Responses to “Happy Birthday, Patrick”

  1. January 09, 2012 at 4:48 pm, Terri Katzenstein said:

    Patrick will be missed by many but I hope you know he will live on in the fight my husband and many others are fighting find a cure.

    My thoughts are with you…


  2. January 09, 2012 at 5:08 pm, Carey Burnett said:

    Happy Birthday Patrick and family and each and all in love, PEACE and Glory to God.


  3. January 09, 2012 at 5:12 pm, Pam Wirtanen said:

    I’m Cassidy Clark’s grandma. We said goodbye to Cassidy on Oct 1, 2010, after a 5yr battle with Leukemia. Cassidy and Brennan Simkin became friends at St Jude’s. My heart breaks for you. I have prayed for Patrick and i will continue to pray for your family. Thank God Patrick is with his Heavenly Father, and perfectly healthy.

    In Christ’s Love,
    Pam Wirtanen


  4. January 09, 2012 at 5:14 pm, Tommy and Trish Manuel said:

    While we never met Patrick, we felt we knew him through the beautiful messages written about his journey. May the Lord bless and keep each member of the Chance family, extended family, and friends.


  5. January 09, 2012 at 5:29 pm, Elizabeth Dye Moncher said:

    What a beautiful life he had… I see that Chance smile in him that I have known my whole life since Conifer Road and Carriage Court… Thank you for sharing his story.


  6. January 09, 2012 at 5:37 pm, Larry and Rose Cooke said:

    We are SO sorry…..we loved Patrick and will miss him so much.He has touched so many lives through his faith,love and courage in his young life……what a beautiful legacy to leave this world.Please know you are all in our thoughts and prayers.Much love, GrandRose and G-Daddy


  7. January 09, 2012 at 5:41 pm, Clyde and Laurie Pilcher said:

    Happy Birthday, Patrick. What a great gift, you are with your Heavenly Father and at peace.


  8. January 09, 2012 at 5:44 pm, David Steele said:

    Dear Stephen, Erin, Madison and Anna,

    My heart is full of gratitude for the impact Patrick had. While his time on earth was too short, the courage and inspiration his life engendered in others will last a lifetime. He was God’s gift to you and to the many anonymous friends who have prayed and wished for healing. His race is run, his healing total. May you be comforted in your grief with full confidence that you will be reunited with him in the blink of an eye.


  9. January 09, 2012 at 5:49 pm, Day Harrison said:

    Although, we never met Patrick, please know we do feel your loss. I will send a special prayer to my sister-in-law Tamara who I know has watched over him during his battle and now will play with him in heaven as I am sure she does with all of these precious children. Hold on tight to Madison and Anna as they will be your strength during this time.
    Thinking of you,


  10. January 09, 2012 at 5:52 pm, Allison said:

    Hello beautiful family! I have been following your brave story! I am sending you and your family amazing love and strength and I am so grateful that Patrick is pain free now!!! I have a son in remission now!! I will be lifting you up with happiness!!!
    Allison Tannehill


  11. January 09, 2012 at 6:05 pm, Drick Simkins said:

    May our Father keep you strong and help you through the time of grieving.
    Patrick and you have done so much for so many. That includes those of us who never knew Patrick, except through his story and his spirit and your spirit.
    Patrick and you will continue to give resolve and courage and faith to all of us with whom you have shared the story of Patrick’s inspiring journey.
    All best wishes and continued prayers,
    Drick Simkins (John E. Simkins)


  12. January 09, 2012 at 6:08 pm, Liz and Ken besecker said:

    Erin, we love you, Stephen, Madison and Anna. We’ll continue to pray for all of you. Patrick is having his birthday in heaven with God.


  13. January 09, 2012 at 6:15 pm, Robin Scott said:

    May you continue to feel the peace brought by the knowledge that Patrick has received complete healing, peace, and love from our Heavenly Father.


  14. January 09, 2012 at 6:17 pm, Donna Kadis (Haygood preschool) said:

    May peace be with you all…
    Donna Kadis


  15. January 09, 2012 at 6:22 pm, Judy Nokes said:

    God bless and comfort you. What a beautiful boy. He is free of pain, at rest, and in Jesus’ arms forever.


  16. January 09, 2012 at 6:24 pm, Sandy Daron said:

    Precious Chance Family,

    Please accept my heartfelt condolences for the loss of your precious, Patrick!! He was quite the cancer warrior. He did NOT lose his fight!!! He won Heaven!! He is now celebrating his birthday in Heaven with his Savior!!

    I pray God will comfort and give you strength!!

    Luv in Christ,

    Cole’s Foundation


  17. January 09, 2012 at 6:38 pm, gloria timmerman said:

    I pray the Holy Spirit bring you comfort, quieten your heart, and be a constant with you. That your eyes be on Him, and Your ears hear his word, and surround your family with the love of Jesus.
    A gift was given, and now Patrick has reached what we all aim for. Jesus loves the little children…….I pray that you are all held close to his love. As much as you love and loved your son, it can never compare to how much Jesus loves him. Patrick is being held close. Embrace each other and all the friends and family that want to love you through this tender time.
    Much Love, gloria timmerman


  18. January 09, 2012 at 6:43 pm, Leigh Jackson Hearn said:

    I will continue to hold your family in my heart. What beautiful memories you made. May they bring you peace. Heaven is a lot richer tonight.


  19. January 09, 2012 at 6:45 pm, David Wiseman (DW) said:

    While it may not help, I know Patrick is where he’s supposed to be. He is a gift that we here cannot quite comprehend.

    Someday, down the road, you’ll look back with a certain smile, fully understanding his time with us here. I know that doesn’t help now and no words can fully describe your grief, but he is a gift from another place.

    Peace be with you,



  20. January 09, 2012 at 6:45 pm, Ashley, Josh & James Gregory said:

    We pray that God will continue to comfort all of you during this most difficult time; we have never met you all but following your journey has touched us deeply. Thank you for being such strong examples of the love of Christ. May his final defeat over cancer be the best birthday present ever for Patrick, what a beautiful smile he must have on his face!


  21. January 09, 2012 at 7:01 pm, Philip Cho said:

    Dear Chance Family,

    Our family’s thoughts and prayers are with you.
    We never met Patrick; but like the ray of sunshine
    that lit up his room, Patrick’s smile lights our spirits.

    Our Condolences.

    The Cho Family


  22. January 09, 2012 at 7:07 pm, Paige korb said:

    I am so sorry for your loss. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Paige Mims Korb


  23. January 09, 2012 at 7:29 pm, Meg Stocks said:

    So deeply sorry for your loss. Such a bittersweet day….rejoicing in the end of Patrick’s pain & struggle, knowing that he is now fully restored and with his Savior…but saddened by the separation from him…hope that the joy of knowing that you will see him again and that he will always be with you eases the pain a bit….. Many hugs to you all…..


  24. January 09, 2012 at 7:41 pm, Chris, Carolyn, Christopher and Matthew Cannon said:

    We have been so touched by Patrick’s story, and have been praying for him. We were so sorry to hear of his passing and hope that you feel all the prayers surrounding your family. God bless you all.


  25. January 09, 2012 at 7:46 pm, Louise vallotton said:

    Thank you for sharing your story. Our heart aches for each of you. Louise, Maxwell Vallotton, Max and Allison, and Elizabeth and Jim Yarbrough. You are in our prayers.


  26. January 09, 2012 at 8:15 pm, ginger carlon said:

    I have never had the pleasure to meet your family! I Was introduced to your battle thru the simkins. But I want to thank u for sharing your son w us all! Your faith, strength, love and reselience has imspred me! Thx u for opening up your heart for us all! Yall have made me a better person! Know u r in my thoughts and prayers! I find peace knowing patrick is in heaven sitting in gods lap…happy and healthy! May u find comfort in knowing that….thankk you!!! Gods speed!


  27. January 09, 2012 at 8:17 pm, Linda Fuller said:

    I am friends with Abby Smith’s family through Northside UMC and have been praying for Patrick for many years. When I read your post this morning I called Cathy and tearfully left a message about how I remembered the huge impact the story about Patrick’s Death Star Legos had on me. My boys (ages 9 & 12) are huge Lego fans so I know how much the first Lego set meant to him and I was so touched by the fact that Patrick received a replacement set from someone who realized just how much Legos can mean to special little boys. We ordered the Death Star last week and it is supposed to arrive tomorrow. I have shared the story with my boys and we will remember Patrick as we build our Lego set. It will be a visible reminder for me to pray for your family. I have a beautiful vision of Patrick playing with the coolest Lego set ever and I just know it has lots of special gold bricks in it. I also envision Abby, Catie, Sophia and Regan running to greet him and inviting him to come and play. I am confident that he is looking down just as these precious little girls do and thanking God to have been blessed with such amazing parents who loved him unconditionally.

    Love in Christ, Linda Fuller


  28. January 09, 2012 at 8:24 pm, Linda kemper said:

    Thoughts and prayers for the Chance Family!!!!


  29. January 09, 2012 at 8:30 pm, Rhonda Phillips said:

    I can’t imagine the loss you mustfeel. There are so many people praying for your family. I have never met your precious family but I met Patrick through Brennan’s posts and have both of these precious boys in my daily prayers as well as each family member. May God bless you and give you the strength to carry this burden. These two boys have touched so many lives in ways that you will never know. My prayers continue for your family.

    Rhonda Phillips


  30. January 09, 2012 at 9:08 pm, Kathy Royal said:

    Patick’s fight has not gone unnoticed. May God bless you and your family as we continue to press on for a cure.


  31. January 09, 2012 at 11:31 pm, Dianne Burnside said:

    Thank you for sharing Patrick’s and therein your faith and love and hope. Thank you for letting us sorrow yet celebrate his birthday. He will continue to live always in your heart and to wait for you “not very far, just around the corner where all is well”. May God continue to give you strength and a keen awareness of His presence accompanying you.


  32. January 10, 2012 at 2:54 am, Bob Mace said:

    I am a long time friend of Roy Simkins and have followed the reports of Patrick and Brennan.

    It is saddening to learn of Patrick’s death, but heartening to know that he will be in peace and with the love of Christ.

    Please know that many who you don’t know care for you and your family.



  33. January 10, 2012 at 5:31 am, Sophie Brandis said:

    Dear Chance family,

    Although we dont know each other ( we are friends of the Simkins family) we want to share this prayer with you!
    May Patricks love and light always shine on you!

    Sophie @ Ferdinand Brandis. From Italy

    “I´ll lend you for a little time, a child of mine,”  HE said
    “for you to love the while he lives and mourn for when he´s dead. It may be one or four years, or twenty-two or three,
    But will you, ´till I call him back, take care of him  for Me?
    He´ll bring his charms to gladden you, and should his stay be brief, you´ll have his lovely memories as solace for your grief.
    I cannot promise he will stay, since all from earth return,
    but there are lessons taught down there, I want this child to learn. I´ve looked the wide world over –  in search for teachers true, and from the things that crowd life´s lanes, I have selected YOU . Now will you give him all your love, nor think the labor vain, nor hate me when I come to call  – to take him back again?”
    I fancied that I heard you say, “Dear Lord, Thy will be done!
    For all the joys thy child shall bring, the risk of grief I `ll run.
    I `ll shelter him with tenderness, I ´ll love him while I  may,
    and for the happiness I `ve know, forever gratefull stay.
    But should YOU  call him – much sooner than we `ve planned, we´ll brave the bitter grief  that comes and try to understand.”
    I  thank you LORD  that he  was mine  – 
    I give him back to you, my  only wish  and this is true,
    is that you also love him too.


  34. January 10, 2012 at 5:54 am, Terri Novotny said:

    I am so sorry for the loss of your precious son. I guess there is no better way to celebrate your birthday then in the presence of Jesus.


  35. January 10, 2012 at 6:43 am, MaryMarschalk said:

    Peace and love be with you dear friends.


  36. January 10, 2012 at 6:57 am, Jennifer Eidt said:

    We learned of your remarkable Patrick through the Simkin’s Carepages a few years ago. God Bless you all today. Patrick is pain free. Know that my family will continue to pray for yours in the days to come. May your healing be led by that precious angel in heaven who will ALWAYS be watching over you! My prayers and strength from Mississippi!


  37. January 10, 2012 at 7:18 am, Susan Todd said:

    Thank you for sharing this most difficult time in your lives with all of us. My deepest sympathies to you and your girls and all of your family. You could not have chosen a more beautiful photo of Patrick. He radiates God’s love and his joy seems to be overflowing. I am so thankful you are using the pain in your lives to give the gift of sight to another. May you be comforted by the prayers of all of us who are praying and will continue to pray for you and your family. I pray Patrick’s service will reflect how truly “special” he is. (As Patrick never died only his earthly body. His spirit now inhabits an eternal body which resides in the presence of His Creator.)


  38. January 10, 2012 at 7:18 am, Amanda from Ontario Canada said:

    My heart aches for the loss you must feel. Although your boy is free, I will continue to pray for you as you face the coming days without him.

    He was a beautiful child.


  39. January 10, 2012 at 7:19 am, Phil and Beverly Hunsucker said:

    Hi…..we were saddened by the news about Patrick. We will continue to pray for the family. Although he will be sorely missed, Patrick is ok….he is resting with Jesus. May God pour out his blessings on you and give you peace.

    Phil and Beverly Hunsucker (Cindy Wilkinson’s parents)


  40. January 10, 2012 at 8:35 am, Father Frank Sawyer said:

    We at Episcopal Day School are deeply sorry for your loss. We are keeping you all in our prayers. May the peace of God be with you and may the memory and spirit of Patrick be a blessing to you.

    Your friends at Episcopal Day School, Augusta, Georgia


  41. January 10, 2012 at 9:34 am, Ed Meyercord said:

    We are nothing short of awestruck by the limitless love, openness, grace, dignity and compassion on display by your family during Patrick’s amazing journey. While we have never met in person, we know you to be a powerful inspiration for all things good. We have followed Patrick closely in our hearts and our minds where he remains a beacon of hope and light. We thank you for this incredible gift.

    Ed, Andrea, Eddie, Isabel and Charlotte Meyercord
    Princeton, NJ


  42. January 10, 2012 at 10:50 am, Vigilante Family said:

    Dear Erin, Stephen, Madison, and Anna-

    I have kept up with Patrick’s battle through mutual friends (the Kruglers, Gensers and Haldopolous families). My son, Max, also 8, met Patrick once at Jennifer Eastman’s house a few years back. They had a discussion about kindness. I think Patrick was explaining that it was his turn with the swing (patiently to Max) and he was so very sweet.

    As your messages about Patrick (both highs and lows) have been forwarded, I have been struck by your steady faith and respect for your son. I cannot tell you how much you have inspired me as a mother to love my children more fiercely and appreciate every moment. Your family and Patrick have made our family stronger, and for that I will be forever grateful. Thank you for sharing your and Patrick’s journey.

    Our Deepest Sympathy and Heartfelt Thanks,

    Katie, David, Nick and Max Vigilante


  43. January 10, 2012 at 10:57 am, Rev Kitty Newton said:

    What a precious gift Patrick was given – to be able to meet the Lord face to face and begin HIS NEW LIFE in heaven on his earthly birthday. As you adjust to life without Patrick in your midst, be comforted by the knowledge that he is now healed and whole in the presence of the Savior. Prayers abound for family and friends.

    Kitty Newton
    Pastor / Bethel Brick UMC
    Screven County GA


  44. January 10, 2012 at 11:13 am, Allison Kuller said:

    I have followed Patrick’s journey through Ginny Rice, Brennan’s aunt. I know your heart is broken, but your sweet son has won his battle! I will keep you all in my prayers.

    Allison Kuller


  45. January 10, 2012 at 12:13 pm, Angela Stinnett said:

    Dear Chance family, I’ve learned of your struggles while following Tara and Turner’s updates [I am Brennan’s cousin, “Tuttie”]. My heart aches for the loss of your beautiful son, Patrick [Brennan’s warrior friend in the fight for the cure]. Yet what a wonderful gift to be in the arms of our Father on his birthday – and 100% healthy and whole again. May you float on the peace, love, and prayers offered up from all your family and friends.


  46. January 10, 2012 at 3:49 pm, Watts Bond said:

    We are thinking of the Chance Family and know that Patrick now has peace….The Bonds


  47. January 10, 2012 at 6:28 pm, Diane Adamson said:

    With tears…sending love to Erin and Stephen, and the girls. Having walked this walk, we know the feelings you are feeling. Sending hugs, and the faith of knowing you all will be together with Patrick again. God bless you during this unbelievably difficult time.

    Love, and always hope,
    The Adamson Family
    David, Diane, MaryGrace and our angel ^Emily^


  48. January 11, 2012 at 6:56 am, Velinda said:

    Chance Family,

    Even though I’ve never met Patrick personally, I was introduced to him by Cheryl Wilson. She had a picture of him and a story about when he was in pain, how he would hold the cross and pray. I have been praying for the Chance Family every since then. You all have been so brave in this tough battle and you fought until the end. Your notes and updates on Patrick and the family have been an inspiration to me and my family. You have my deepest sympathy, Velinda


  49. January 11, 2012 at 9:05 am, Ann Overstreet said:

    We appreciate your sharing Patrick’s journey with us. Your courage and faith have touched our hearts. We will continue to hold you in our thoughts and prayers and pray you will feel God’s presence and His peace. Ann and John Overstreet, Augusta


  50. January 11, 2012 at 1:51 pm, Lee and Trey Loughran said:

    Dear Chance Family,

    We met Patrick briefly at last year’s Camp Sunshine Christmas party, and Erin, I met you at the Quiet Heroes luncheon ladies’ room. Both Trey and I have followed your journey with all of its turns. We are filled with overwhelming sadness at the loss of such an incredible boy but of course know that Patrick is wrapped in the arms of Jesus. Your family’s love and courage are a gift to the world. You have shown us all the true actions of never giving up on your family. Sending you all much love. The Loughran family


  51. January 11, 2012 at 2:15 pm, Sarah Bartosz said:

    Holding you all so very close in our hearts and prayers. His eyes will live on just as his spirit will live on in the eyes of all who knew him or felt they knew him through your heartfelt accounts of love, life, and pressing on. There are no words adequate to express our sadness. Happy Birthday, Patrick. God Speed sweet boy.

    Sarah and John Bartosz


  52. January 11, 2012 at 4:19 pm, Sandy Coolik said:

    Your precious family will remain in my prayers. What a wonderful spirit Patrick had and his life is such an inspiration. May God hold you close in this difficult time-I know He will see you through. Patrick is feasting at the heavenly banquet and gracing heaven. God Bless you all…Sandy Coolik


  53. January 12, 2012 at 7:14 am, Jackie Carden ( Friend of Jan and Tom Nielsen) said:

    Thank you for letting us share your precious son. We have followed his brave fight and prayed for victory for him. He has won a great battle and is now is the arms of our Lord. I pray that God will comfort you and wrap you in His Arms.

    Jackie Carden
    Carrollton, GA


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  55. January 12, 2012 at 2:20 pm, Lisa Black said:

    I read articles about your son in the obituary and how he fought with cancer.
    It is a tragedy that such a little precious one would have to fight with a disease like that. Wouldn’t it be a great, if we wouldn’t have to worry about people getting sick?
    God promises us at Isaiah 33:24 that there will be a time when, “no resident will say : ‘I am sick.'” And at Revelation 21:3,4, God promises us that “He will wipe out every tears from our eyes.”
    There’s a wondeful hope for the future in the Bible. I hope you can find some comfort from the Bible.
    No doubt, God will help you through these hard times.


  56. January 12, 2012 at 9:31 pm, Lauren Smith (The Children's School Parents Association) said:

    The depth of the loss of your son is immeasurable. The parents, staff, community and especially Patrick’s third grade classmates at The Children’s School share your loss. We are all privileged to have shared a part of his life journey, and are all better for it. He will live on in our thoughts and our hearts.

    The Children’s School Parents Association


  57. January 14, 2012 at 7:05 pm, Paul Threlkeld said:

    Ansley and I were honored to be at Patrick’s memorial service today. A beautiful service for a beautiful soul! We will all spread Patrick’s love and love more deeply ourselves; our faith is strengthened; and we will always Press On. God’s Peace to you all.


  58. January 15, 2012 at 8:17 am, Helen Johnson said:

    Dear Chance Family,
    It is through tears that I say I am so sorry for your loss. Your family has been so brave to share your journey with so many. I pray for a cure for cancer one day. Please know that thousands of prayers are said for your family, we pray God will compfort your hearts.



  59. February 09, 2012 at 2:53 pm, Sarah L said:

    Hey, I know this comment is late but I just want to sya I’m thinking of your family and Madie C and Anna. I really miss Patrick but I know he will always by with us. I am glad his pain is released. I hope his spirit is passed on through many generations. I am touched by his story and I also had one too. My mom had cancer but we were inspired by Patrick. I hope now he is healed and watching over us. I now have hope in everyone. 🙂


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