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Teejay Cruz posthumously awarded by Make-A-Wish Foundation

/ 12:23 PM December 11, 2018

Teejay Cruz was given a posthumous award by the Make-A-Wish Foundation for his efforts in granting the wishes of children with critical illnesses.

His mother, Lynn Ynchausti, shared today, Dec. 11, that she and husband Tirso Cruz III received the award on their late son’s behalf on Sunday, Dec. 9.

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Last Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018, was a special day for me & my husband. Make-A-Wish Phils. handed this Star Award for TJ. This posthumous award serves as a star to light the way & be a model, & inspire other volunteers to emulate the impact they have given to the foundation. The Star Award is also given to a volunteer who dedicated his/her life in helping the foundation grant more wishes of children with critical illnesses inspite of his/her medical challenges. TJ was also chosen particularly for founding Spike for Hope which was a unique and successful fundraising activity that helped Make-A-Wish raise funds and awareness. The tournament granted more than 60 wishes & raised almost P400,000. I would just like to share with you that during his confinement since May of this year, his mind & thoughts were always for the children who were sick. He would always tell me or his nurses his plans for the children, or his plans for the events for Spike for Hope to be able to raise funds to help the children stricken by cancer or serious illnesses. Few days before he passed, I saw him staring at the window looking at the sky and I asked him what he was thinking. He answered me “Malapit na ang Pasko Ma, paano na ang mga bata?” I told him, “Pagaling ka muna and then ayusin mo nalang pag malakas ka na.” His heart to help and make the children happy is so admirable. He was so full of compassion for them. So proud of you Teej! Congratulations my son! I love and miss you! I would like to thank Make-A-Wish Foundation for TJ’s award. We will cherish this because it reminds us of how blessed we are for having a son whose heart is to be a blessing to many. #thankyouLord #thankyouJesus I would like to add, I remember you telling me, “Ma I want to glorify God by sharing my testimony!” This is it Teej! All glory to God for this award! #tjcruz #teejaycruz @spikeforhope #makeawishfoundation #makeawishphilippines #makeawishinternational #makeawishintl #makeawish #makeawishfoundation #spikeforhope 12-11-2018

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The award is a star-shaped glass plaque, which states he is being recognized “for your outstanding contribution in founding Spike For Hope.”

Teejay had a soft spot for sick children, especially those with cancer. He founded Spike for Hope, a volleyball tournament which raised funds for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. According to Ynchausti, his work collected nearly P400,000 to grant over 60 wishes.

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Recipients of the award are seen as a “star” or a model to be emulated by other volunteers.

“The Star Award is also given to a volunteer who dedicated his/her life in helping the foundation grant more wishes of children with critical illnesses in spite of his/her medical challenges,” said Ynchausti.

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She said, too, that despite being confined since May 2018, Teejay was still looking out for the kids he could help and was still making plans for Spike for Hope.

“Few days before he passed, I saw him staring at the window looking at the sky and I asked him what he was thinking. He answered me ‘Malapit na ang Pasko Ma, paano na ang mga bata (Christmas is coming, Ma, how about the kids?’”

“I told him, ‘Pagaling ka muna and then ayusin mo nalang pag malakas ka na (Recover first and then organize it when you’re strong again).’”

“His heart to help and make the children happy is so admirable. He was so full of compassion for them,” the proud mom gushed. “So proud of you Teej! Congratulations my son! I love and miss you!”

Teejay passed away at 37 years old last Nov. 21 due to lymphatic cancer. He is survived by his parents and two siblings.  /ra

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