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Sloane Cecilia Sutherland
February 3, 2016 - February 8, 2016
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<div itemprop="description">Sloane Cecilia Sutherland <br /> <br />Sloane Cecilia Sutherland was born on February 3rd 2016 and left us on February 8th 2016. She touched us all deeply in some small way throughout her short, yet very memorable life. Sloane was diagnosed with a rare and serious chromosomal disorder late in pregnancy, and we knew her time with us may be short. During the all too brief time she spent on this earth, Sloane was constantly surrounded by family and friends and had a meaningful impact on all who met her. <br /> <br />She waited 42 weeks less a day to enter this world, and when she came, it was fast and furious. Sloane knew how to make an entrance - spontaneous, quick and with impact. She came in strong, she came in fighting and she came with her dukes up (which is the same way they always were in utero!), ready to let the world know not to underestimate her because she had a plan. <br /> <br />Her plan was to defy the odds, to meet her parents, her grandparents and her aunts, to see her beautiful home, her room, to fill a home with love and laughter, and to teach her parents what parental love truly is. <br /> <br />Although small, at barely 6 lbs, Sloane was mighty and possessed strength, perseverance, and an ability to overcome incredible odds. With her strength and determination, she taught us that you should never lose faith or underestimate a fighting spirit. One of the meanings of Sloane's name is Fighter/ Warrior and Strong Protector- Sloane fought hard to survive to meet her parents, to make us a family, and taught us so much in the 5 days we had with her. She taught us to treasure every moment as each day is a blessing and an opportunity to create lasting memories. <br /> <br />Those who met Sloane understood that the impact someone can have on people far exceeds their size or the length of time they spend with you. She was a little miracle who represented hope, promise, love, and the absolute best of her parents. <br /> <br />Her gentle breaths and soft noises could melt the hearts of those around her and though she never spoke a word, her voice and thoughts could always be heard &ndash; particularly with noises to say: &ldquo;please fix this hat that keeps falling in my face&rdquo; and &ldquo;please hurry up and change my diaper as I am cold and hate being naked&rdquo;. She spent hours being held and walked around her home, cuddling close to those she loved so much and always trying to hold a finger. She enjoyed music, being passed around from grandparent to grandparent, sitting in the window with her dad, taking short breaks to sleep during the day and keeping her mum awake at night! <br /> <br />Sloane reinforced that every day is a gift to be treasured and celebrated. We will miss her dearly every day. She will forever remain in our hearts and honoring her will be a life-long pursuit. <br /> <br />We owe a huge debt of gratitude to the caring and nurturing medical teams from Mount Sinai Hospital and the Pediatric Advanced Care Team from Sick Kids Hospital in Toronto. We&rsquo;re incredibly grateful for the advice, counsel, and care they showed us over our journey with them, as well as the care, compassion and snuggles they provided to Sloane during her time in the hospital. <br /> <br />Sloane is survived by her loving parents, Ryan and Christina Sutherland; her grandparents Laura and Peter Sutherland and John and Patricia Vandoremalen, her uncles and aunts Craig and Robin Smith and Ryan and Riley Foley; and cousins Reese and Leah Smith and Jackson Foley. <br /> <br />She was blessed with a large extended family that includes countless great uncles and aunts as well as second cousins in virtually every part of Canada. <br /> <br />We already have a number of beautiful flower arrangements celebrating Sloane. In lieu of flowers, Ryan and Christina request that donations may be made to The Nova Scotia Nature Trust (details below), or any other charitable or medical organization you may feel strongly about in memory of Sloane. <br /> <br />The Nova Scotia Nature Trust (NSNT) is a charitable organization whose focus is protecting Nova Scotia&rsquo;s natural legacy, in perpetuity, through land conservation and stewardship efforts. Learn more about NSNT at Donations may be made online, through or by calling the NSNT at (902)425-LAND. Please reference this is a memorial donation in the name of Sloane Cecilia Sutherland. <br /> <br />Nova Scotia is a place held very dear to Christina and Ryan, and some of the land conserved by the NSNT is close to their most cherished places in Nova Scotia, and places they visited with Sloane over the past year. Sloane&rsquo;s ashes will be buried at a place very special to us in Nova Scotia at a later date. A tree will also be planted in a local Toronto park this spring in honor of Sloane where we went on many walks with her. <br /> <br /></div>