Just days after community rallied behind Buffalo boy – devastating news of his passing

May 3, 2020

Written By

Mary Friona Celani

A heartbreaking update to a story of love and faith.

Just days after dozens of Western New Yorkers donned masks and gathered outside of Hospice Buffalo to support 11-year-old DaJuan “Soleil” Brown – the devastating news of his passing.

The Buffalo boy was diagnosed with Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG) last May, just five days after his eleventh birthday. The tumor was wrapped around his brain stem making it inoperable. After his diagnosis, Soleil has underwent extensive rounds of radiation and chemotherapy. Soleil has been in hospice care since fall 2019.

On Saturday, the community came out in faith to pray for miraculous healing for Soleil. Friends and family brought signs of encouragement. Some stood outside interacting with Soleil through the window of the facility’s sunroom where he rested in a bed. Others remained in their cars, sharing prayer over a Zoom meeting.

While battling his illness, Soleil was still determined to attend school and was a student at International School 45 in Buffalo until February.

A GoFundMe account created to help Soleil’s family with medical expenses has raised more than $14-thousand! Please continue to help this family if you are able.

We are sending love and prayers to Soleil’s family during this unimaginable time.


About Me

Welcome to Totally Buffalo! My name is Mary Friona-Celani and I am the creator of this site! After spending 20 years in the Buffalo media, I moved on to focus on my beautiful family. Now, the time has come for a new project. I was ready for something new. Something mine.
I am born and raised in WNY and my pride runs deep. My husband, Scott and I are very happy to be raising our four daughters here.






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