Our sweet son, Theodore, became an angel on August 4, 2014, seven and half months after suffering from severe septicemia (from a Strep A infection) two days before his first birthday.

This blog tells the story of his courageous battle. Though his life on this earth was short, his strength and perseverance inspired me to see the beauty and miracles present in each of our lives every day. My hope is that parents raising a terminally ill child find similar comfort on their difficult journey.

I will continue to share as I navigate the complex grieving process of a bereaved parent and find a way to live without my precious child.



  1. So happy to hear that Theo is continuing to be the incredible little fighter he is.
    Thinking of you constantly (and wishing I could pull off a flat-cap as well as Theo does!)
    All my love

  2. I’ve heard about Theo’s story from a friend of a friend. Know that he and your family are being lifted up in prayer in several churches and small groups for a full recovery and further blessings in your lives.

  3. Ashlee thank you for so bravely and articulately sharing your story and feelings. It means a lot to those of us who wish we were closer. We continue to pray for all of you as do many people here in Aus. Your support group extends across the ocean 🙂 xoxoxoxo

  4. We were told about Theo a few weeks ago and have been praying for him since. May God continue to give you strength, endurance and hope as Theo gets a fighting chance every day of his precious life. We are praying!!!

  5. Thinking of you and your precious baby boy everyday!!! Praying for your family. Theo is beautiful and a true warrior. I check everday for updates on Theo. Love you guys xxoo

  6. Ashlee, you Mark and Theo continue to be in my prayers daily.
    Thank you for sharing his story with us.
    Marnie Mascioli

  7. We have been praying for Theo since he was sent to McMaster Children’s hospital. Got a text message the night he was sent down. The Lord is good. Still praying for full recovery daily and every time he enters my mind. I believe that’s the Holy Spirit tweaking our hearts towards God’s people. Much love, Sue

    1. The holy spirit is here for sure I have all my family praying we have had 2 miracles al ready Theadore your the next one !have faith people always ask for forgiveness of your sins before u pray then ask of what u want in Jesus name so , ” I command Theadore in the name of Jesus be healed .make sure to ask for forgiveness first
      If u don’t it’s like a wall between u and God take down the wall after all he payed big time on the cross. I love u all God bless!

      1. Hey my bro, Praise be to god. To all who are viewing this. The meaning of the name Theodore is ” Gift from God”. Thank you Jesus for this precious little boy. Amen.

  8. This little man,..Theo, has been in my heart and mind soooooo much! He crosses my thoughts many times in a day at which I stop and say more prayers! Miles and Jenn have been kind enough to keep all of us in the London area in the loop….My prayers are that right now Theo is encapsulated like a littleTrojan Horse and that we are not seeing what is happening under the crust but soon he will blossom and come out!!! Funny picture it may seem but for some reason it is sooo clear to me…Blessings to you all!!!!

  9. You are in my thoughts and musings. He is a beautiful boy xxxxxxx. I learned of Theo also via Jennifer n Miles. May Daddy keep you and richly bless you in the palm of His hand….guarding you. Heartfelt love for all in this journey*

  10. What is Theo’s diagnosis. He is such a beautiful little boy and you are two strong ad loving parents. He is so blessed to have you.

  11. Ashley and Mark I continue to pray for sweet little Theo. Thank you both as well for starting up this blog as I often think about all of you and now I won’t have to continue to bother my dear friend Stephanie. As I do believe in miracles – keep up the faith – and I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers and hope your miracle comes soon. God bless. Love from Debbie & Harold (Mr. & Mrs. Harker).

  12. Ashlee, your family and your gorgeous son are in my thoughts. My heart broke when I heard he was sick and I’m so happy to hear that he’s still fighting! Whatever you’re doing is working, keep it up ;). He’ll love to hear the story if his, and yours, one day! Xoxo

  13. Ashlee, Mark, Theo: My sister shared your story with me and it has had an impact on my life. Thank you for being so inspiring, for teaching us that miracles happen, and for reminding me to cherish every moment. I hug my son tighter because of you. Your family has been and will continue to be in my prayers. Stay strong.

  14. I love how eloquent you write about your journey with your brave, strong, little man. What I like most is the constant underlying optimism that I think I have progressed away from through the course of my own career already. Sometimes I forget that when we give statistics like 1 in 300,000, that there is in fact someone, somewhere who truly is that 1 person. I pray that Theodore continues to be that one. God Bless.

  15. Ashlee and Mark, I can’t even imagine what you must be going through. I just wanted to let you know that our family is keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. You may not remember us but we met you this fall at our neighbourhood watch barbecue
    Take care and stay strong!

    Shelly and Marc Villars

    1. My Dear you may not Know me but my Heart Goes Out to you your Family and Your Beautiful Angel ,We are praying for him every minute of the day and please have Faith in God Because This Little Angel will be well again and grow up to be a Wonderful Man…Our Prayers are with you Sweetheart!! Please Stay Strong because Tomorrow is another day. GOD BLESS ALL OF YOU!!

  16. Dog walking friend of linda’s. We have meet Ruby many times. I enjoy seeing her lovely lion cut. Will never for that. Linda might have mentioned my barking dog mocha. , she always talked to me about you and your family I remember she was saying u and Theodore were staying with her last winter as it was too cold and a long winter back home. thanks for being that whether this way. I l l. L,Feel like I know u and Theodore from all our chatty walks. . This story really touched me. My prayers go out to Theodore and your family.

  17. Greetings Ashlee, I went to grad school at Mac with Mark and talked with Eden about your story. I am so sorry to hear about your son’s illness, and am following along and wishing the best for your family from San Diego, CA – he has an international cheering squad! All the best to you and your family. Some good sunny vibes are being sent your way.

  18. What a beautiful little boy you have! I wish you strength and courage and I will pray for Theo and your family as you go through this difficult time. God bless you all!

  19. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your little boy. Your story has really hit home with me. My daughter suffered from complications of the chickenpox when she was a-year-old and developed Group A Strep and Septic Shock. She was at Sick Kids Hospital in Toronto for a month and then underwent several months of antibiotic treatments and tests. The wonderful thing is that she survived and made a full recovery and that was 15 years ago. I pray that Theodore has a speedy and full recovery as well. I hope that knowing that someone who suffered a very similar situation at exactly the same age as your little one and is now a beautiful and healthy teenage girl, helps to give you strength in your most difficult battle! It is so hard to watch your child suffering and in pain but your love for your child gives you so much more strength than you ever thought you possessed! Prayers, hugs and positive healing energy to all of you and especially beautiful little Theodore!

  20. Theo you are such beautiful little boy. You’re in my thoughts and I’m sending you and your family all the love, strength and support during this difficult time. You can do it Theo!

  21. Hey Ashley, you likely don’t remember me but I was friends with Donny in grade school, Just thought I’d let you know that you and your family are in my thoughts and I want Theo to gain strength more then you probably know.

  22. Hi, Ashley and Mark
    Thinking of you and Theo daily.
    Thank you for the blog updates and will certainly check in daily.

  23. Dear Ashley & Mark, My heart goes out to you as I read your latest post. My only thoughts right now is to keep praying for both of you so that you keep trusting that no matter what happens God is still in control and is oh so very near you all. God’s will is is motion as it was from the beginning and will always be. He loves you all so very much and does have a purpose in all of this. I’m glad to know that you’re taking this time to be with Theo in the best way you know how. You are great loving parents. Theo is blessed to have your love and care. I will keep Theo in my prayers. May god bless you all. Take care and pray continuously for god’s will and be comforted by this. Monique H.

  24. Hi Ashlee, I’m not sure where you and your family lives, but I am writing you from Mississauga, Ontario, which is the Toronto area. At any rate because of our little guys you and I are both really living in somewhat the same place. It’s in a world of pain and heartache but also a world of hope, encouragement, love and prayer. My grandson is Baby Jesse Arrigo. Jesse survived a non fatal drowning at 10 months of age. He will be turning three on July 4th. Since the day we brought him home from the hospital we have been aggressively pursuing several therapies which have all done their part to progress him along the path of recovery, to say nothing of the work and grace that God himself is giving and the strength He is providing our family. Jesse’s mom Kristin is a single mom. Her and Jesse live with my wife and I and we function as a team.
    We would love to connect with you Ashlee to trade notes and see how our mutual experiences might benefit our little ones. You can see some of what we are doing at http://www.jessearrigo.com or on Twitter @jessearrigo.

    Keep the faith Ashlee.
    Bob Arrigo

  25. It’s Bob Arrigo again. Ashlee please forgive my insensitivity. I just read Theo’s update and I’m sorry that he is in such a desperate state. I didn’t know. Be assured we will join our prayers to the prayers of all the others who also share with you in loving your son.

  26. I am lost for words. I can’t imagine what you are going through. Pray that each day you have with your precious son is a adventure full of blessings to come.

  27. Ashlee,
    I ran into Aunt Sandy (at Zehrs of course!) who told me about your little guy. I have read your blog and my heart breaks for you. You and your husband are truly an inspiration and the epitome of how parents should be.
    My thoughts are with you,
    Leigh Murray-Batke
    P.S. You should think about compiling all of this into a book-you still have an amazing talent for writing!

  28. Dear Ashlee:

    I read an article in The Windsor Star about a fundraiser for a former Harrow resident’s son. When I went to this blog and realized it was you, my former student, I was overcome with emotion. Although, I couldn’t make it to the fundraiser, I made a donation to Teddies For Theo. Wishing you strength and thinking about you and your family.

    Sending you a virtual hug ( ),
    S. George

    P.S. Say hello to Lauren and Brittany for me. What an incredible sisterhood of support you have!

  29. Theo has left such an imprint in this world. He and his story have touched the hearts and lives of so many people. His fighting spirit will not be forgotten.

  30. My heart goes out to your family. What a beautiful, strong willed little man. He was so clearly loved and fortunate to have (as you said) the “right” parents.

  31. I have been crying whilst reading all of your blog. I lost my son Sebastian on the 28th September 2014 aged 2 1/2 to septicaemia. He was fighting cancer and winning when an infection took him from us. Theo is adorable and I hope that he and sebby are now friends. X

    1. Hi, Kelly. I’m so sorry to hear about your sweet Sebby. He sounds like such a fighter. I hope that he and Theo have found each other as well, and are running and playing together freely in Heaven. Wishing you rest and peace in 2015, and may Sebby continue to send you signs that he’s watching over you. Sebastian will never be forgotten.

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