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Looking Out for Colby Sawyer

The Colby-Sawyer College community is grateful that Hurricane Sandy has passed us by and only caused a minor power outage and a few inconveniences on campus. After two days without classes or office hours, we ask you to consider sending best wishes to a young boy named Colby Sawyer who lives in Alabama and is facing a much longer hardship as he battles Leukemia.

Julie Crisafi, Colby-Sawyer's parent and community partnerships coordinator, has created a new Facebook group to provide support to our new friend called “Colby-Sawyer College Supports Colby Sawyer.” Here is a message from Colby's parents, Robert and Joyce Sawyer, which was posted recently:

“Colby Sawyer, age 9, was diagnosed Tuesday, June 19, 2012 with Leukemia, which is a cancer of the blood & bone marrow. He has Pre B Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL). We have a very optimistic future with this diagnosis. He will be in treatment for 3 years so we do have a long road to recovery ahead of us. Our lives have just forever changed in such a short time. We are frightened and still very much in shock. But we are trying to keep a brave face up for Colby. He is such a sweet & thoughtful little man and does not deserve this. I do not understand why this is in God's plan but for whatever reason it is. Please, please keep Colby in your prayers as we proceed to beat this. They are very much needed.”

In addition to hosting the Facebook page, Julie has collected a variety of gifts and cards for Colby, his younger sister Madison, and his parents, to include in a Care Package from Colby-Sawyer College, which will be sent to the Sawyer family on Friday Nov. 2*.

The care package includes Colby-Sawyer College T-shirts, caps and baseball team uniforms, and other college merchandise donated by Admissions, Alumni Relations, the Campus Activities Board, the Follett Bookstore and the Athletics Department, especially the Colby-Sawyer Baseball Team.

If you would like to send your best wishes to Colby on Facebook or include something in the care package, here are Julie's suggestions:

  • Join the Colby-Sawyer College Supports Colby Sawyer! group on Facebook.

  • Throw on your Colby-Sawyer College apparel, make a sign expressing your best wishes for Colby, and have a photo taken of you and your sign. Post it to the Colby-Sawyer College Supports Colby Sawyer! group on Facebook.

  • Make a card or write a note and drop it in Campus Mail, addressed to Julie Crisafi, to include in the care package.

  • Take a walk around campus and snap photos of Colby-Sawyer signs or your favorite locations. Include yourself and your own sign in the photo to make it extra special, then upload to Facebook.

  • Do something else to share your message of hope and support for our friend, Colby Sawyer – the sky is the limit!

If you do not have a Facebook account, you can still support Colby Sawyer and e-mail your photo to and Julie will be happy to post it on your behalf.

Keep checking the Colby-Sawyer College for Colby Sawyer group on Facebook for more opportunities to support our friend Colby Sawyer!