Remembering A Warrior

What a night!  Saturday night was absolutely an evening to remember and a perfect celebration for our Warrior, Wylder James.  We were honored to have as many people attend that did (we estimate we had about 175 people).  The night was filled with both tears and laughter … and was a room busting at the seams with love.  Steven and I made this video for the event (please click on the link below and enjoy … what a LIFE!). 


Steven did a BEYOND AMAZING job of speaking.   In just a few words he manage to inspire us all with our Warrior guiding him along the way.  He gave thanks to many of the people that we could not have been on this journey without.  Steven’s composure and deliverance of a message was both commendable and inspiring.  Way to go love … you made both me and Wylder very proud.  Our friends and family that spoke in honor of Wylder, also lifed our spirits, delivered his message/purpose and reminded us he will live in our hearts forever.  I, on the other hand … approached the podium and folded like a lawn chair (ha ha).  I had practiced and practice and had so many things to share … but my cup runith over, with emotions.  Steven was was right behind me to scoop me up and read the words of WARRIOR BABY book to the crowd of love instead … and it all worked out.  In just a few short words, Wylder’s message and how loved he is … was heard loud and clear.  The overall message of the evening was to continue to keep talking forever and LIVE your life more full because of our Wylder James Laffoon. It certainly was a night to remember with a HUGE message.


(enjoying Wylder’s wishing tree)

Only our Warrior would receive a gift as special as the one I am about to share with you.  Our friend Bob Matsunaka worked had in had with Hurley International and had a surfboard hand carved in Wylder’s honor.  This is what fallen surfers received when they pass, and their friends sign the board in their honor.  That is just exactly what what happened for Wylder on Saturday night. Bob Hurley himself hand carved a surfboard with the Wylder Nation Logo proudly sitting at the tip of the board and In Memory of Wylder James Laffoon May 15-2009 – July 20, 2012 written across the front.  It was ‘take your breath’ away beautiful.  Our friends and family signed the back and we are anxious to take the board to Maui and surf it proudly one day soon!

We even ended the evening with big BANG!  A sky full of fireworks popping to “it’s a beautiful day” … PREFECTION!  I just know Wylder was watching and was so very proud.

There was so much packed into one evening I cannot possibly put it all into one blog.  There will be more to share in the upcoming days … like why it was a WHALE of a time (hint hint), more on how to get your own copy of  “Warrior Baby” book, and the success of Wylder’s Research fund.  There will also be lots more photos coming :)

 (cousins taking a peek at Warrior Baby book)

Wylder’s life had great purpose … Wylder James, you will live forever in our memories and hearts.  I slept well Saturday  evening, knowing we had had another NO REGRET evening celebrating the most precious and beautiful life I have ever known … surrounded by so much love. xoxo


  1. Nanci Glassman says:

    So beautiful. So touching. Wish we could have been there. Can’t wait to see the video. Wylder lives on in so many ways. He touched so many, many people. He will live on in our hearts and memories forever. Sending love…..

  2. What an amazing tribute! I wish I could have been there! I also hope you never stop writing because your words are so inspiring. Sending lots of love and prayers from the Morton house.

  3. I can’t stop smiling!!!!! I am soo happy it went PERFECT!!!! I cannot believe about the surf board!!! that is the most thoughtful and special gift, i know you will treasure that the rest of your lives. I can’t wait to get our copy of Wylder’s book! waiting anxiously to hear all the details:) xoxo

  4. Cathy Johnson says:

    What a beautiful tribute to such an awesome little soul. The surfboard is so special and I hope you will share pics when you get a chance to surf with the Warrior! Looking forward to hearing more and to getting copies of Warrior Baby. Much love, Shannon.

  5. I am so glad that everything went so perfectly for Wylder’s tribute…..I’m sure his presence could be felt in the room. Thanks so much for sharing the video…..I’m in total awe — every unique Warrior-moment was captured so lovingly…..I just love hearing his giggles!!

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