his life, his legacy

his story

his story
his memorial
inspiring us all
more than words
his songs

the story behind the picture


"Children believe they have a voice
and with the voice
make people listen.
When people listen
they acknowledge that child's existence.
That child understands
they're connected
one by one
to a larger picture.
That child has a voice
to change the world."

David Bartolomi Children First

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Michael James Cuccione was born January 5, 1985 in Burnaby, British Columbia to loving parents Domenic and Gloria Cuccione. Religion, being a large part of him and his family, followed the Roman Catholic faith. Michael had 2 siblings, Sophia who was  years older and Steven who was 3 years younger than Michael.
Michael was diagnosed with Hodgkin's disease when he was only 9 years old. This was a very difficult thing for his family to go through, as are the hundreds of other people diagnosed with cancers everyday in the world. After several months of treatment, Michael was believed to be cured but then, as he went in for a check up with the doctors, they reported that the cancer had returned. School was an obstacle. When Michael was in the hospital, he missed quite a deal of school but always managed to catch up and get good grades, it helped that his teachers were very understanding of his situation.
During these difficult years, Michael started a foundation, The Michael Cuccione Foundation, and raised hundreds of thousands of dollars. He and his Grandmother wrote a book, he recorded a CD, and became a widespread public speaker.
Make A Wish foundation is an organization which allows terminally ill children and teens accomplish something they have wanted to see or do. Michael was chosen by Make A Wish and was able to go to California to meet the cast of Baywatch, which was his favorite show at the time. David Hasselhoff liked Michael so much that he got to make a guest appearance on one of the episodes. He played Charlie, which was a real life kid with a terminal illness who ended up passing away. Michael was a great success! He performed Make A Difference, a song he wrote and composed.
After about 2 years of fighting cancer, he was pronounced cancer-free. He answered a casting call for a movie on MTV that was bound to be a success. It was a boy band parody called 2GETHER. Michael played the role of QT, the star stuck teenager who was girl crazy and suffered a terminal illness of bilary thrombosis. That made-for-TV movie eventually gave birth to 2 hit CD's, a TV series, and millions of crazed fans. Michael had a ball, traveling, singing, acting, meeting other big celebrities, and just having fun.
His mother spoke out about his role: "No matter what he has ahead of him, whether it be illness or whatever, he is always upbeat and always jokes and laughs and has a good time and enjoys every day. His character is sort of like that- he is terminally ill, he knows that his day is coming, but he enjoys every day."
During December of 2000, Michael entered the hospital and was said to had pneumonia in his right lung, he was expected to make a full recovery.
His Uncle said: "Every single day, you'd go in and he'd have a big smile, thumbs up, 'I'm okay, it's okay, I'm fine.'"
Michael was not able to eat or speak because of the respiratory tubes inserted, but he still managed to communicate with his family with notes and they learned to read his lips and eyes.
At 9:45 pm on January 13, 2001 Michael Cuccione passed away. It was only 8 days after his birthday.
His Uncle said at the January 17 service: "But always, right until the end, it was 'Don't worry, I'll be fine, I'm a fighter,' as he's always been. He was always comforting us, right to the end. Instead of us comforting him, he was comforting us, and his mother and dad, all the time."
Michael's body now rests at the Burnaby Oceanview Cemetary and Mausoleum on 4000 Imperial Street.
*I gathered information from his book and on the web at various fansites to type this brief description of his life.


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I pray you'll be our eyes, and watch us where we go
And help us to be wise in times when we don't know
Let this be our prayer, when we lose our way
Lead us to the place, guide us with your grace
To a place where we'll be safe.

I pray we'll find your light, and hold it in our hearts
When stars go out each night, remind us where you are
Let this be our prayer, when shadows fill our day
Help us find a place, guide us with your grace
Give us faith so we'll be safe.

A world where pain and sorrow will be ended
And every heart that's broken will be mended
And we'll remember we are all God's children
Reaching out to touch you, reath to the sky

We ask that life be kind, and watch us from above
We hope each soul will find another soul to love
Let this be our prayer, just like every child
Who needs to find a place, guide us with your grace
Give us faith so we'll be safe.

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"...You're in the arms of the angels, may you find some comfort here."