Colter Donovan Eaton was born January 12, 1997 to Travis and Denise Eaton just fourteen minutes after his twin brother, Turner. Colter and Turner were best friends who happily did everything together. As toddlers, they loved to play Power Rangers and Spiderman, ride their four wheelers, and participate in T-ball. You could always tell when Colter was happy because he smiled with his eyes.
Shortly after the boys turned three, they were blessed with a little brother named Briar. Life was good! One day, Colter developed a low fever that wouldn't go away. The Eatons took him to a doctor who ran some tests, then recommended an ultrasound. In the blink of an eye, Colter was sent to OU Children's Hospital. The whole family gathered to wait hours for a diagnosis. After the doctors ruled out a few types of cancer, they decided surgery was necessary to biopsy the mass that had been found during the ultrasound. Finally the results came in - Colter had Stage 4 Neuroblastoma Cancer.
Treatments began immediately. Chemotherapy. Radiation. Not one, but two stem cell transplants. Colter had to endure long, isolated stays in the hospital and was a trooper through it all, but he just wanted to go home. It was there that he was happiest. He played with his brothers, hung out outside with his dad, and snuggled with his mom. Colter left to be with Jesus February 27th, 2002.
Colter touched many lives in his short amount of time. He will always be remembered for the wonderful memories he left with everyone that knew him.