Michael C. Sclafani, 9, of Harrison, Maine, formerly of Sandy Hook, died peacefully, March 19, at home with his loving family. Michael was born June 24, 2003, in Danbury, the son of Monica and Charles Sclafani.
He moved to Harrison at the age of 3 from Sandy Hook, with his family. Soon after, he was diagnosed with stage 4 neuroblastoma. He fought bravely for six years before earning his angel wings.
Michael was in fourth grade at Harrison Elementary School. He was an avid hockey fan, always routing on his beloved teams, the Boston Bruins or New York Rangers. He also enjoyed playing the game, getting out to the rink whenever possible. He played with the Western Maine Youth Hockey league this year. He was passionate about Legos and Star Wars, ready to provide you with any information you needed. He was always ready to help and gave 100 percent to his schooling and friends. His laugh was infectious and everyone around could not help but join in.
Besides his parents, he is survived by his sisters, Julianna and Carina, and his brother, Dominic. His maternal grandparents, Dorothy and Serge Champagne of Sandy Hook; paternal grandmother, Constance Sclafani of Dallas, Penn.; and several uncles, aunts, and cousins survive Michael.
The family thanks the staff at Maine Children’s Cancer Program, Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital, Ronald McDonald House of New York, and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center for the care and compassion they gave us through all the years of Michael’s treatment. Thanks are extended, as well, to family and friends who assisted the family through this difficult period.
Visiting hours were scheduled for Friday, March 22, at Chandler Funeral Home, Elm Street, Bridgton, Maine, from 6 to 8 pm. Funeral services will take place Saturday, March 23, at St Joseph ’s Church, South High Street, Bridgton, at noon. Burial will be later, at the family’s convenience.
Donations in Michael's honor may be made to Make-A-Wish of Maine, 477 Congress Street, Suite M1, Portland ME 04101 or Maine Children’s Cancer Program, 100 Campus Drive, Scarborough ME 04074.