Brave 7-Year-Old Continues to Sing Despite Losing Father to Cancer
Collin Wong, a seven-year-old boy, stood next to his father’s casket in 2019 and bravely sang “You Raise Me Up.” It was a beautiful tribute to his father, Air Force Major Dom Wong, whose life tragically ended after a five-year-long battle with colon cancer.
Lynn Wong, Dom’s widow, said that her husband had been diagnosed with cancer shortly after their second child, Juliana, was born in 2014. The family was devastated, but they thought they had it under control when the cancer was diagnosed as stage three. After treatment, they celebrated “no evidence of disease” a year later.
Unfortunately, in September 2016, after a surgery, the cancer returned. This time, it was peritoneal carcinomatosis cancer on the lining of Dom’s abdomen. The cancer was growing and spreading so rapidly that it was time to come home. Collin’s father passed away two days after Thanksgiving that same year.
Collin has been continuing to sing and receive more attention for his talent. His sister, Juliana, has also invested her time in dance. Activities are made possible with the help of Angels of America’s Fallen, an organization that has given Collin many opportunities to sing the national anthem.
The family finds strength through Wong’s bravery and legacy of love. Wong spent the last five years of his life living, thriving, and fighting a brave battle for his life, aware that he wouldn’t make it. His spirit lives on.