News : Saying Goodbye to Everett Cavan

Sep 1, 2015

Originally published in The Portsmouth Herald and Foster's Daily Democrat. 

By Amy Bevan

PORTSMOUTH – Hundreds gathered at South Church on Sunday afternoon to honor the life of Everett Cavan, the blue-eyed 9-month-old boy who recently lost his battle with cancer.

As the crowd entered from the blustery cold, they greeted Jim and Deana Cavan, Rett’s parents, who stood at the front of the sanctuary amid photographs, toys and other items representing their son’s life.

Rett Cavan suffered from Rhabdoid tumors, a rare and serious form of pediatric cancer. The Cavans shared their story in the Seacoast Sunday on Jan. 25, at which time Rett had survived a risky surgery at Boston’s Children’s Hospital, to remove a large portion of his liver, the original site of the tumors.

But despite the surgery’s success, Rett’s cancer spread to his lungs and abdomen, and chemotherapy treatment was ineffective in killing the cancer. He passed away one month ago, at sunset, on Feb. 22.

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