Thursday, February 28, 2008

Celebrating Renee Amaryah Lalani Dueck

On the evening of February 26, 2008 Renee Dueck passed away peacefully with her parents, her brother Justin, and friend Teresa, by her side after a two and a half year journey through leukemia at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York. Her sisters Alayna and Karalee arrived shortly after.

She was born on March 18, 1984 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. She was predeceased by 2 brothers, and her grandpa Reimer.

Renee was born active. Before she was a year old we called her twizzler. When she was 7 she decided to move to the bedroom downstairs, and in no time she had moved. After her high school grad, she joined Youth With A Mission, and traveled to Asia with her group working in Thailand, Singapore and visited Angkor Watt in Cambodia. She travelled to Jordan and Greece. She was on the YWAM wave tour through the US in 2005 when she was diagnosed with leukemia and successfully treated at MSKCC.

She went to Capilano College in Vancouver for a 1 year course in Film Production. She enjoyed all the jobs she got in the industry and was devastated when in October 2007 she relapsed and had to go to New York for treatment. She has been under the wonderful care of Dr Steinherz and Dr O?Reilley since then.

Thank you to all the wonderful caring doctors, nurses, and staff at MSKCC. I would like to extend a special thank you to Jane Mather, chaplain, for being a friend and counsellor to Renee.

Renee's blog
Martha's blog

Memorial Services times
Feb 27, 6 pm at MSKCC chapel
Saturday Mar 1, 7 pm at Eastview Community Church 3500 Devries Ave Winnipeg - on the north Perimeter
Sunday Mar 2, 3 pm Riverton Community Centre
Internment at the Mennville Cemetery
A memorial service will also be held in Vancouver at a later date

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Raymond and Martha Dueck

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  1. I have to say that when I found out that she was gone it was a complete shock. I never went there in my mind, I always thought she would get better and be back at school and doing her thing. She was such a fighter!

    This is what I would like to say,

    I had the great blessing of working with Renee in YWAM Vancouver, and then my husband Josh and I were able to be with her for five months on the WAVE, an outreach across the US. Renee was a very passionate person. When I think of Renee the first thing that comes to my mind is picturing her during prayer times. She was a very passionate intercessor. When she prayed she prayed with faith and hope that what she was asking for would come about. Renee was someone who brought joy, she laughed a lot and was pretty funny herself. Renee never left anyone out, she was kind to everyone and all were welcome when she was around. Renee was a fighter, when obstacles came up, she met them head on. She fought her way to go on outreach to Jordan, writing the play for Easter, and getting people together for creative projects on the Wave. Renee was talented in so many creative ways. I remember when Renee, Ange, and Lindsey put together the Easter play at the base. We were very surprised at how many people showed up and what a celebration it was. Renee's writing was really powerful and I think everyone was effected. I had brought a friend that night who I'd met on an outreach, who after the play asked for prayer, which was a huge thing for him. I know that Renee is with Jesus, and that He is delighted to have His dear one closer to Him, but I'm saddened to think of not having Renee here. She was constant, and loved the Lord, and will be greatly missed.

    I'm praying for you guys.