Interfaith Prayer Service Planned For Northbrook Boy With Brain Cancer

Collin Wehr was diagnosed with brain cancer about three years ago. His tumors are growing aggressively.

Updated Dec. 6, 2012 at 1:20 p.m.

The interfaith prayer service will include reflections from Fr. Bob Heinz of St. Norbert Parish, Rev. John Berg of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Melissa Early of United Methodist of Northbrook, Kamyar Jabarri of the Ba’Hai Community of Northbrook and family friend Fr. Richard Sztorc.

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Collin Wehr, a 11-year-old Northbrook boy who has been battling brain cancer for the last three years, will be honored by the Northbrook community and local clergy at an interfaith prayer service next Tuesday at St. Norbert's Parish. 

Collin's tumors "are growing at an extremely aggressive rate," according to the invitation to the service, posted on Patch by Robert Lozaro, a member of Northbrook's Community Relations Commission and friend of the Wehr family. 

The prayer service will start at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 11 and will last for about 20 minutes, according to Lozaro, who has helped organize it.

At the request of Collin's family, Lozaro said the prayer service will have speeches, music and humor. 

"We don't want it to be a memorial service," Lozaro said. "This is at least an opportunity for us to give back, in our own way."

"We're helpless, there's nothing more we can do," Lozaro added.

See Patch's past coverage of Collin Wehr and Northbrook's support in his fight with brain cancer. 

Karen Roy December 06, 2012 at 09:01 PM
I read your article updating Collin Wehr's condition with sadness, but also dismay. This lovely boy is very much alive and should continue to be celebrated in that way. The upcoming prayer service is a way for the community to be present for him and his family in a manner that best supports them on this journey. With all due respect to your news cycle, his parents should be leading the way, not The Patch nor, by extension, the social network. This difficult time demands far more editorial sensitivity than shown.
Craig Heisner December 07, 2012 at 01:34 AM
Thank you Karen for expressing the feelings that I'm sure many of us have with the approach that the Northbrook Patch has taken.
John Roberts December 11, 2012 at 01:57 PM
I am a survivor of cancer.I was 8yrs old and there is 2 things I owe it all to...My grandmother and Marijuana..My grandmother gave me marijuana at 8.it instantly helped.no more getting sick,you actually get the feeling you wanna eat,..2 things help a person through chemo and radiation and that's Protien and Spirit....I ad to remain quiet in fear that I would be taken from my parents..Now as an adult with 3 children I speak loudly and frequently about how marijuana helped me....Look up Rick Sompsons Hemp Oil...60 grams taken over a 60 period of time is known to cure most major cancers..Look up some of the blogs people have put up and documented their treatment...Something your doctor is blocked Federally from doing.Federal government prohibits the documentation of patients and marijuana by Dr.s..it puts them under the research without a license charge..It is your child,your family..it is their laws....Lock me in a cage,torture me,chop my fingers off and I will still never say marijuana didn't help me...It did...I know what it is like to bend over and tie your shoes and get sick because your reflux muscle is too weak to hole anything down.loss of hair,giving my family a kiss at night and going to bed thinking I might not wake up...
John Roberts December 11, 2012 at 02:02 PM
I have a friend who's mom had brain cancer and we gave her marijuana candy..That day we gave it to her in the morning she had to be carried to the bathroom twice..Finally her son talked her into using the candy and told her as I did it helped me..2 hours after she took the candy my friend was in his room and heard the dishes..He come out of the room and saw his mom standing there doing the dishes!!!!....Understand? Doing the dishes!! She looked right at him and said ..." If I can feel like is the whole time I am doing treatments then I will be just fine" as she was smiling from ear to ear....pleases do not ignore how marijuana can help...You do not have to smoke it,you can eat it,or use the OIL.....
Tyler December 13, 2012 at 07:58 PM
Praying for you bud


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