A smiling angel grew his wings a year ago. To his parents..

By Kat Abianac / September 12, 2014

13th September is a day I will remember for the rest of my life.

It is the day the world had lost a very special little boy named Blake. Blake had so many smiles for his friends and family, and those smiles, every one of them, will live on forever.

I looked down at my son who I was holding when I heard the news, the same eyes and smile, and saw Blake reflected back. Because Blake had Down syndrome too, just like Parker.


13th September is a day to support his parents Paull and Diane- because no matter how many years they live through it, it will always be the hardest of all. It will also be filled with countless joys, as their loved ones remind them of how much their special, firstborn, one of a kind creation Blake Gordon-Cooke, meant to the world.

This is what some of the people who loved him, remember most vividly when they think of Blake.


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Sufjan - March 3, 2016

Hi guys-I love your blog and facebook page. I am a grtuaade student at the University of Hartford for my Master’s in Prosthetics and Orthotics. I have a brother, Javier 38, and Lily 34, who have Downs and I am 30. We are from Puerto Rico originally, but have lived in the states for almost 25 years since our dad was in the Air Force. A young married couple, barely making ends meat with a bakery and 2 young DS kids under 9 had their life changed overnight. While this young man was at the dentist getting a root canal, his young wife went to visit her sister-in-law who was giving birth. By accident her mother went into the neighboring room, and apologized to the other mother to be. A week later the woman in the other room saw the young woman, her mother, and the sister-in-law at the hospital with the newborns. The older woman very young, single, and poor with 3 other children. She asked the young woman if she would take care of her new baby until she had resources to feed and care for her, and the woman accepted. Back at home, when the husband returned from the dentist and saw his wife with the baby he was shocked and told her that they couldn’t have another baby, it was just too much. But his wife fell instantly in love with the baby and he did too, and 6 months later I was adopted. I never grew up thinking my siblings were less than me and they treated me as if I was their blood sister, we love each other unconditionally, as it should be. And although I’m more of a mother to them, they have always and continue to teach me compassion, love, and faith everyday. I love them and they love me.

    Kat Abianac - March 6, 2016

    What an incredible story!! Thanks so much for sharing it. Kat

Catherine Wolfe - September 13, 2014

Beautiful child, beautiful parents, beautiful tribute. x

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