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Community remembers Silas

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LYONS, GA (WTOC) -

Gold bows adorn light posts and front doors across Toombs County. They pay tribute to the spirit of a little boy who battled cancer and passed away Saturday.

4-year-old Silas Edenfield was diagnosed with a rare form of childhood liver cancer that strikes one in every one million youngsters. His parents chronicled their medical treatments and their religious faith on a Facebook page "Praying for Silas". The page became a world wide phenomenon with more than 49,000 followers.

Gold is the color associated with the fight against childhood cancer. Silas and his family urged people to display the bows and paint their nails. The Facebook page includes thousands of pictures of bows, fingernails and posters of encouragement. Silas also fell in love with sea turtles, which also became a symbol of his fight.

Colored pages of sea turtle drawings still hang on the wall of Larry's Giant Subs in Vidalia. Earlier in the month, the eatery hosted a fundraiser for an organization that assists childhood cancer patients.

"It stays in your heart," explained Jeanette Wiggins, who works at Larry's. "What he did and how the family handled this just touched so many. Plenty of people now know about childhood cancer and want to help because of Silas."

In lieu of flowers, Silas' family has asked people to consider making donations to one of three organizations : www.curechildhoodcancer.org , www.georgiaseaturtlecenter.org , or www.gospelforasia.org .

Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday at the Ronald Hall Funeral Home in Vidalia. The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the same place. 

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