While our hearts are breaking, they are overflowing with the love and joy that our precious son gave us each and every day. In 16 short weeks he taught us more about love, strength, courage, bravery, and faith than we would ever learn in our entire lifetime. Though he only went outside one time, he shined brighter than the sun from his small room at CHLA. Owen fought congenital heart disease, cancer, chronic lung disease, and the many other obstacles that were thrown his way like a mighty lion. His smile and love was seen even in his deepest pain. He lived every day that he was given on this earth and he lived it well! He taught us to never take one breath for granted, find joy in everything, always be positive, and never let your sunshine fade.
Owen LOVED music. He loved working with his music therapist and even more loved it when his Mommy and Daddy would sing to him. One of his favorite songs was You are my Sunshine.
You ARE my Sunshine
My ONLY Sunshine
You make me HAPPY when skies are grey
You’ll never know dear how much I LOVE YOU
Please DON’T TAKE my SUNSHINE AWAY!
Owen gained the most beautiful set of angel wings on September 4, 2013. He is no longer here on earth but his sunshine will forever be in our hearts and we will NOT let anyone take our sunshine away. We are working on establishing the Lionheart Owen Foundation to honor our precious son. We would like to glorify and continue Owen’s legacy, raise awareness to congenital heart defects and childhood cancer, and give back a little sunshine to those families facing similar difficulties. It will take some time to get the foundation established and we look forward to growing it with all of you.
Many of you have asked how you can support our family. At this time we ask that you continue to pray for our family as we grieve the loss of our precious lion heart and that you change your Facebook photo to your favorite photo of Owen and when people ask who that gorgeous baby is tell them about our brave little boy’s story. If you would like to support us monetarily and help establish Lionheart Owen Foundation, a Memorial Fund has been set up at the following bank in Owen’s name:
Mail or send funds electronically to:
Bank of America
Payable to: Alissa Vatter
Account #: 001824069860
Routing #: 121000358
78400 Highway 111
La Quinta, CA 92253
Reference: Lion Heart Owen Foundation
God bless you all and thank you again for your support. We would be honored to have ALL of you join us to celebrate Owen’s life on Saturday September 14th. Details as follows:
Owen Thomas Vatter Celebration of Life
September 14th, 2013 @ 11:00am
77701 Fred Waring Dr
Indian Wells, CA 92210
Reception to Follow