Akaash P.

Akaash was born on April 14, 2008, and suffered from seizures that caused severe brain damage and organ failure. He passed away in 2012. He was “an exuberant and loving boy who was not at all shy, and not afraid to be silly. He hardly ever cried. He had dreams of becoming a duck tour bus driver. He was so outgoing and loved making friends; he’s the reason we know our neighbors so well.”

His mother remembers also that “when Akaash was two years old, he was obsessed with fossils and dinosaurs. We’d told him that when people grow old, they become a star and leave their bones behind, to turn into rocks called fossils. Akaash was looking at our eighty-year-old neighbor the next day, and asked, ‘Mama, is Judy going to become a fossil soon?’”