Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Celebration of Renee's Life

On the evening of February 26, 2008 Renee Dueck passed away peacefully with her parents by her side after a two and an half year long journey through leukemia at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York.

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

Renee was always active, when she was less than 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, including a visit to Angkor Watt in Cambodia. 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.


  1. Dueck Family-
    I hope you won't mind, but I had to know what happened after I left Renee yesterday. She had been weighing heavy on my heart so I searched on google and found a link from a friend of Renee's to this blog and learned of her passing.
    I am so, so deeply sorry for the loss of your daughter. She was truly a beautiful person and my life will be forever changed for knowing her and sharing our music with each other.
    I listened to the clips of Justin singing and I just know that Renee took such comfort in hearing his voice. Renee always spoke so fondly of her family and I felt I knew all of you long before I met any of you! Renee was a person who lived a life full of love and I'm so blessed to have been able to spend time with her and with her family.
    Please know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers. I pray you find peace.
    With love, Kyle (Renee's music therapist at Sloan)

  2. I am so glad to have known Renee. She was such a wonderful person. She was so nice and such a good friend to me. She was so good at helping me when I was upset and fun to just be with.
    I remember the time I was sick and she came over and bought me a bag of things including chai tea to help me feel better. I have drank chai tea ever since then and I never did before. We hung around together all the time when we worked at YWAM together.
    I remember her being the star of the drama we did for churches when we were on DTS. Everyone called her a drama queen.
    She used to sing to me. I always liked when she sang and always asked her to sing for me and play guitar.
    I remember the first day I met her and I thought the shirt she was wearing was really pretty. We became friends right away and she always joked that I just wanted to be her friend because I liked her shirt.
    I remember her decoration skills. She could make a plain room into a nice little sanctuary. The first time I saw her room in Vancouver it was just a plain boring room but a while later she had completely transformed the room. I was so impressed with her interior design skills! She painted the room in oranges and reds, hung material on the ceiling and made her own lamp shade for the bare light bulb. It looked great!
    I could go on and on with all the wonderful memeories I have of her. I knew her and can honestly say she was such a truly good person the whole time I knew her.
    If anyone deserves to be happy its her and I believe she is in a wonderful place now.
    Renee, I miss you and thank-you for making my life better and the world a better place while you were here. You are wonderful and forever my friend. I love you.

  3. Kyle
    Thank you for the way you blessed Renee and us with your music therapy. May God bless you as you continue to minister to others in the hospital.

    thank you for your friendship with Renee. She really appreciated you. Hopefuly we can get together sometime in the not too distant future.