OTTAWA – The family of Cadet Gabriel Comeau issued the following statement today:
“We would like to thank everyone for their love, support and comfort over the last two weeks. Gabriel was part of such an incredible community that has pulled together for us in our time of greatest need. Gabriel had a gift to light up any room with his smile, and his light has never shone brighter than we’ve seen during this time.
“To the media outlets that have given us the time to grieve in private and to those that have not engaged in the reporting of rumours thank you for your consideration and respect.
“Gabriel joined Air Cadets at age 12 after watching his brothers participate for five years. He loved being a part of the program and wanted to take in every inch of what Cadets offered. We always discussed the risks and benefits of every activity with Gabe; however, this was different. Gabe suffered a sudden and severe asthma attack that had no warning. It could have happened anywhere. We are thankful for the fact that it happened while at a Cadet Training Centre – Gabe had immediate medical care of the finest quality. They went above and beyond to try and save our boy. We are so thankful for the whole team that responded that day.
“Gabriel would never want this to be used as an excuse to exclude youth with pre-existing health concerns from organizations and activities such as Cadets and Cadet Training Centres. He had a passion for all activities from Cadets to music, to fishing and friends. Gabe loved that he could do whatever he set his mind to and be part of the fun in life.
“Our family would like to recognize and thank the community for their generous outpouring of support during this time. From our home in Quispamsis, N.B., to the cadet community and Gabe’s school – we have felt very loved and supported during this time.