Welcome to Antonella's Personal Page Honoring Ian
Hello family and friends,
If you are here it is because you knew Ian or knew someone who loved him. Truth be told everyone who knew Ian or was even briefly around him loved him. We are walking in his memory on October 20, 2018 at Memorial Park in Houston (details below). Please consider making a donation and/or practipating in the walk on his behalf. We invite absolutely everyone and anyone to show their support for Ian and those facing the same or similar struggles as him.
For more infomation please go to our team page by clicking on the blue "Ian's Promise" on the right handside or by following this link:
I had the honor of speaking at my brother's funeral and I would like to share on here the words I wrote so that if you didn't know Ian you can see what type of person he was, truly remarkable.
"I always told people that my baby brother is the strongest person I know. Ian was an absolute fighter from the beginning of his life until the end. Ian had to fight for the simple things that you & I take for granted every day and did it with the biggest smile on his face. I don’t know anyone that could walk even a mile in his shoes.
A lot of people have been reaching out to me and telling me stories about Ian. I knew that my brother was an amazing person, but I have been so overwhelmed by the impact he made in people’s lives. For example, in middle school he tried to learn everyone’s names so that no one would feel lonely or left out. He drew people to him everywhere he went. You really couldn’t take him anywhere without him making new friends. He always made people happy. He left every single place better than how he found it. That’s just the type of person he was. His smile alone could brighten your day. He had the most beautiful smile. When I close my eyes I can see it so vividly it’s like he is the same room as me. I know I can’t get into every story people have told me but the general consensus is this: Ian genuinely cared about every person around him. Ian was larger than this life, too special for this world.
I had the privilege to watch my brother grow up. I was seven when he was born and I have been the proudest big sister ever since. You have no idea how proud. You wouldn’t guess it because Ian had the absolute best hair but when he was a baby he was bald as could be. We used to call him a Martian he was bald for so long. I remember him as a tiny little baby jumping up and down on his jumper, happy as could be.
Even from a young age Ian had such a charismatic, charming personality. I remember I used to be annoyed that my friends wanted to hangout with my kid brother when they came over. Ian was always a ball of energy, he was the first one up in the morning, always moving. My cousin Chloe recently reminded me that when we were little he used to barge into my room and get such a kick out of knocking all our perfectly set up dolls down. He was our little tornado.
As we got older and my brother grew into the amazing young man we all knew and loved, he became one of my favorite people. Not only because he is my brother but because of the person he was. I bragged about him all the time. From his model good looks to his super star golf skills. I would send pictures of him to my friends with updates about his life. Truly, everyone loved Ian. He was so easy to love.
My brother-in-law Ryan pointed out that everyone said he looked like the actor that plays Spider-Man but Ian was a real life hero. He was brave and selfless in life and in death. Ian donated his tissues and because of that two people will be given the gift of sight and he will improve/save 30-40 people’s lives. When I told my friends that witnessed Ian grow up they all had the same reaction, “wow that’s just so Ian.”
The last time that I saw my brother was at my wedding. Ten days before he passed away. I am so thankful I had him there. He looked so handsome in his tux. I can’t describe to you guys what he looked like but he was radiant. He danced all night and was the life of the party. Everyone got to see him in all his glory, smiling his beautiful smile, and hearing his magical laugh. He had a blast. One of the last things he said to me was that my vows didn’t make him cry but that my husband Steven’s got him. He later told my husband that he welcomed him like a brother so now he has a big brother forever too.
My husband used to joke with me that Ian was a 16 year old young man I couldn’t keep calling him my “baby” brother and yelling baby brother whenever I saw him. And I used to laugh and say he will always be my baby no matter how old he is. I will carry my baby brother in my heart everyday for the rest of my life until I see him again. I know he is with me. I talk to him all the time and I hear him answering me, showing me he is still with me. When Ian was a baby my grandma used to sing “you are my sunshine to him” and then Ian became the brightest beam of sunshine in everyone’s lives there ever was. Ian loved everyone so fiercely and honestly. And that’s how we will keep his memory alive, fiercely and honestly."
Thank you for taking the time to be here and share in Ian's story with us.
Registration starts at 8:00 am and kick off is at 9:00 AM
Location: Picnic Loop at Memorial Park Conservancy
Address: 7575 N Picnic Lane, Houston, TX 77007
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