Austin Rogers’ left to be a Guardian Angel to his family, on January 11, 2020. Austin is now cancer free and at peace after a 14-month battle with (Inoperable) Glioblastoma (Grade 4 Brain Cancer). Before cancer took his sight, mobility, health, and life, Austin loved school. He graduated high school this year (2020), one of his goals/dreams, from North Marion High School in his hometown of Ocala, FL. His next goal/hope was to go to Yale and get his Doctorate so he could be a doctor, nuclear engineer, or a maker of prosthetics- a goal he has had since 5th grade when he did an essay on prosthetics. He was in advanced classes, Cambridge AICE classes, and was well on his way to fulfilling these hopes/goals and would have gone to do amazing things if the cancer would not have stopped him from doing so.
Austin loved listening to music. He loved singing and patting his foot to country songs anywhere he was. He would serenade nurses, doctors, and Passer-Byers in the ER (he didn’t care who was there or if he was singing good or not) to take his mind off of the many sticks that he would have to endure just so they could draw blood for tests (6 sticks to as many as 15). Austin did this with no complaints and even said he was not in any pain – even when he was in pain. The only rule was that you could not count down when you poked him. You could not count”1,2,3,” you just had to go for it.
Even with Austin’s’ brain cancer, he never let it get him down and would not let you be down about it either. He always said, “I am a fighter”, “I get through it because I have P.M.A. (Positive Mental Attitude), and “We all just have to have P.M.A.”. P.M.A. was what Austin and his friends at school would use to motivate each other to get them through whatever was bothering them at the time. Austin also always had a smile on his face. A smile that was so contagious you couldn’t help but to smile with him. No matter what life or the cancer threw at him he always had the best attitude, took it in stride, and never let it get him down.
Austin is a Guardian Angel to his parents Christina (Shorty- cause she is short) and James (JW) Rogers, one older sister, Pamela L. Rogers, and one older brother, Cody A. Rogers. Austin is an Angel to grandmother, Nancy Wells, to grandfather, Frank McCandless, to one nephew (which he was so proud to be his uncle), Brandon S. Kotewa, and to many more family and friends. Austin is in Heaven assisting the late grandmother, Pamela Maynard, and the late uncle, Christopher A. McCandless.
Austin’s wish was to be cremated, but there will be a Celebration of Life at Roberts of Ocala Downtown Chapel, 606 SW 2nd AVE, Ocala, FL 34471, on January 20, 2020 at 2:00 pm.
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