In 2016, 6-year-old Jaeden Robinson of Webster passed away. After battling leukemia for more than half of his life, it had gone into remission, but sadly he contracted meningitis and died suddenly.
His parents, Shawn and Samantha, and siblings Devin and Alexa are determined to keep Jaeden’s memory alive.
Recently, The Robinson Family went to visit his grave at Mount Zion Cemetery, as they often do. They dropped off a large stuffed “Minions” toy and some new flowers. Just a few days later they were gone.
After contacting police and town officials, they are still looking for the person or people responsible for taking the items, even though it isn’t likely they will be caught. If you know who may have taken the items, or would like to return them, they may be dropped off at the Webster Police Station, 357 Main Street with no questions asked.
Jaeden’s mom, Samantha told THE LAKE 940, “At this point, we just want everyone aware of what happened, and hopefully the crappy person that did it will realize how much hurt they caused us.”
It is more sentimental than the monetary value of the gifts. “It’s all replaceable, but it’s the act of stealing from a stone…a child’s stone. That’s just appalling.”May is a particularly tough month for The Robinsons. Jaeden would have turned 9 on May 1st, and yesterday was the 3rd anniversary of his death. “The timing really hit us hard.”
After posting the situation on social media, the community has stepped up and has shown family, even though there are a few bad people in every group, there are many more good ones. Friends, family and even people they don’t even know started dropping off more toys and gifts at Jaeden’s grave site.
Samantha’s mom told us, “We just want everyone to know how grateful we are for the support and love given when someone so mean hurt us and our family.”
If you are thinking of dropping off an item for Jaeden, there isn’t much room left at the cemetery. “Unfortunately his site has filled up quickly and there’s only a very small area, so we are asking for either small items to be dropped off at his stone or people can make donations in Jaeden’s honor to the Why Me at Sherry’s house in Worcester.”
Why Me is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing love and support services to families with childhood cancer. “That was our saving grace when Jaeden had cancer.
Samantha says that her family visited Sherry’s House often and they helped her family both financially and mentally with their support groups.
Jaeden’s mom shared with us photos of the grave before and after the generosity of the community.