Just a few weeks ago, Notre Dame football student manager Xavier Murphy passed away due to leukemia. He had been diagnosed just a month earlier.
Murphy was honored at Saturday's game against Navy. Saturday would have been his 23rd birthday.
Xavier's entire family including his mother Marcia and six siblings were on hand to celebrate his life. Notre Dame held a moment of silence that certainly brought tears to the eyes of the family.
After the moment of silence, NewsCenter 16's Angelo Di Carlo spoke with Marcia about what the last six weeks has been like for the family.
Marcia: It has been hard, but it’s also been really glorious because in Xavier’s dying it taught me how to live, and he taught me how to die. It’s kind of when I get sad, thinking about what I miss like him sharing his birthday like this I think about him lying in the bed and how brave and courageous he was really inspiring. He really taught me a lot.
Angelo: Celebrate his life on his birthday at Notre Dame Stadium, that’s pretty special?
Marcia: It’s like a dream, he is happy now anyway but you know I know he is happy know.
Angelo: The fact that it happened so suddenly how was it that he didn’t have time to prepare?
Marcia: No we didn’t and it was a surprise even to his doctors, but even though we didn’t know it those last few days looking back I think he knew it and I guess, and what is really comforting is as a mom is that I saw him accept the will of God, as a parent, we raise our kids in hope that they get to heaven. I mean that’s the ultimate goal, not getting to Notre Dame, but and getting to heaven and see what he did made me really confident that he is in heaven. You know because he did what he was supposed to do. You know, he longed for the sacraments and just accepted what God gave him. He never asked why, was never mean, never angry, and that’s a really beautiful thing to watch and an incredible legacy to leave to us.