Randy Thomas Saso-Shaw, aged 24 years
by Joanne Greco
(Seattle, WA, USA)
Randy died of brain cancer on August 13,2013 after a long hard 4 year battle. He really believed he would be the exception who would beat this and win. No matter what was thrown at him in life, Randy always kept an upbeat and positive outlook. He loved his friends and family. Throughout all the trials he endured, he still believed that "la vita è bella" (life is beautiful.)
When we celebrated your life yesterday, your Great Grandpa Dan said that sometimes we never understand why some people are taken from our lives when they are so young. I've been asking that since you were diagnosed with brain cancer 4 years ago. I believe that God gave me the answer today. Even though there's an emptiness with you gone, the grief will be easier to bear now.
You lived long enough; you did the work you were sent into this world to do, and you were ready for Heaven when it was done. You loved the life you were given, despite what was thrown at you. You taught so many to love their own lives. You loved us and made sure we knew it. You left this world gracefully and bravely. You died young, yet you were satisfied with your life.
We were fortunate to be given these few extra years to spend with you. The last 14 weeks were the hardest weeks of my life, but also some of the best ones. I will always cherish those moments. During that short time, you taught me how to live life even while you were dying. You taught me that the people we love are more important in life than the things we desire. You taught me to face the things we are afraid of head on. But most of all, you taught me that "la vita è bella."
You are always in my heart,
August 29, 2013