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“There's music in a well-lived life,and melodies remaineach time a loving memoryrepeats the sweet refrain.The song that lingersin our heartsbecomes...Read More »
1 of 14 | Posted by: Laura Latham Moon - Ocala, FL

“Knowing that Eric was God's Child and is with The Lord now gives us great comfort and joy. God's strength is with us, comforting us. We have...Read More »
2 of 14 | Posted by: Mary Ann & Ralph Coulson - FL

“Eric, you were a Great friend to me. We had so many memories together at football games and at school. I cry just thinking of you, but I know your...Read More »
3 of 14 | Posted by: Louisa Landt - Orlando, FL

“Eric was quite a character. I only met him briefly, however I quickly learned to appreciate his sense of humour. I started saving pop top tabs for...Read More »
4 of 14 | Posted by: Maeven Sears - Davenport, FL

“I'll always see Eric's sweet face and his sheepish grin, especially if Mom had just ask him if he finished something or turned something in to his...Read More »
5 of 14 | Posted by: Angel Whitehead - Winter Garden, FL

“When I think of Eric, the word that always comes to mind is "sunshine". His cheerfulness and warm smile was such a blessing in our hallways. When...Read More »
6 of 14 | Posted by: MaryAnn Aiyer - Clermont, FL

“Praying for His Peace and His Comfort for all the Bradley family and friends. Sweet Eric will be missed by many, he was a light to all who met him...Read More »
7 of 14 | Posted by: Warmus Family - Windermere, FL

“I am but a stranger they never knew Eric but yet his story has touched my heart all the ways cross country. I was coming online to visit my mother's...Read More »
8 of 14 | Posted by: A Stranger in Colorado - Calhan, CO

“Dear Sherri & Family,I am so sorry for your recent loss. I smile when I remember Eric in music elementary classes and then the middle school choir...Read More »
9 of 14 | Posted by: Debra Winningham - Winter Garden, FL

“Bradley Family, please know that the teachers at Foundation Academy are praying for a strength and a peace that can only come from one source. I am...Read More »
10 of 14 | Posted by: MARYELLEN MURRAY - FL - TEACHER

“Sherri, Rob, James and Ryan, I am so deeply sorry for your loss. Being able to help take care of Eric and get to know your wonderful family was such...Read More »
11 of 14 | Posted by: Becky Cicale - Chapel Hill, NC

“I will always remember little Eric running down the hallway to come to the transplant clinic and hearing him laughing when he snuck around and sat in...Read More »
12 of 14 | Posted by: Amy - Chapel Hill, NC

“Eric is in heaven now as is my beautiful wife of 56Yrs. Though I didn't get to know Eric everthing I read on the internet about him was great! He was...Read More »
13 of 14 | Posted by: Jerry Lafferty - Muskegon, MI

“Dear Sherri, Rob and family,We just want you to know that our thoughts and prayers are with you. Sending you our love,Your cousin Diane, Mike and...Read More »
14 of 14 | Posted by: Diane Wright - Grand Rapids, MI

Eric Taylor Bradley, 15, of Groveland, FL passed away August 11, 2012 at University of North Carolina Children's Hospital, Chapel Hill. Eric was born June 2, 1997 at Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital in Hollywood, FL, moving to the area ten years ago from Fort Lauderdale. He attended Foundation Academy in Winter Garden, FL from Kindergarten through the 6th Grade and Real Life Christian Academy in Clermont, FL for 7th and 8th Grades. Eric was a supporter of Give Kids the World, Make a Wish Foundation, Great Strides for Cystic Fibrosis, Relay for Life and Ronald McDonald House. He was also active in Boy Scouts, Dry Clean Magic and Vacation Bible School.
Eric is survived by his mom and dad, Robert Taylor and Sherri Lynn Bradley, and his brothers James Richard Bradley and Ryan Patterson Bradley, all of Groveland. He is also survived by his great-grandmother Kay Coulson, grandmother Lori Bradley and grandparents Ralph Lee Coulson and Mary Ann Coulson, great-uncles Jerry Lafferty and Kries Luman, great-aunts Winnie Rudy, Beverly Luman and Roxie Allard, uncles and aunts Randy and Pam Pruim, Ralph and Tracey Coulson, Scott and Maggie Coulson, Boyd and Linda Roebke, John and Barbara Bishop and David Bradley. Eric will also be greatly missed by his cousins Kaitlin and Kyle Coulson, Nick, Emily, Amy, Jason, Jena, Daniel, Michael, Allyson, Emily, Johnathan and Victoria Roebke, Joshua, Sarah and Brianna Bishop, Jared and Stephanie Pent, Clay, Derek, Cole, Brook, Grant and Breanna Pruim.
Eric is predeceased by great-grandfathers Bill Luman and Ralph J. Coulson, great-grandmother Bernice Luman, grandfather Guy Patterson Bradley and great aunt Peggy Lafferty.
Eric has truly been and inspiration and has triumphed over many obstacles in his young life. He was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis at birth and has struggled with this disease all his life. Eric was flown to University of North Carolina Hospital and received a double lung transplant at the age of nine. As always, he was determined to get better and keep on fighting. Eric has always had a wonderful outlook on life, a giving and loving spirit and he is grateful to God. Eric is also grateful to his family and friends for the love and unconditional support during his many times of need. Eric has always put himself fully into whatever the task was before him, and given hope and encouragement to everyone he meets. Eric never lost faith that God would bless him while in the hospital, and he showed great strength, attitude and courage in all he did, and especially on his outlook on life. God has a great plan for Eric, and we thank God for his blessings and using Eric in such a mighty way. He never met a stranger and he always had a smile to share with whoever he came in contact with, especially if she was a pretty girl.

Remember Me
I know you will remember me, I did not die in vain.
For God chose special gifts of mine, to ease another's pain.
He gave these gifts to someone, who's time on Earth was near.
Cause I'll no longer use them, And Mom, I had no fear!
He called on me to help him, I said, "I don't know how".
He told me I could save the life of someone's loved one now.
He gave a baby sight, Mom. He healed a teen's weak heart.
And even though I'm gone now, we'll never be apart!
I live on now forever, I helped someone else live.
This precious gift of life, Mom, I'm so proud that I could give.
Don't remember me for my riches, my possessions or my grades.
But remember me for the times we've shared
And the young man that God has made.

At age 9 Eric received life with a double lung transplant and at age 15 Eric was able to give life. He chose to be an organ donor.

Funny Story
When Eric was in kindergarten his class went to the Ronald McDonald House for a field trip. He learned all about what they do and how they help families in need. They gave us the grand tour and showed us everything. Eric was especially interested in the room filled with buckets of pop-tabs. The volunteer explained why they collected them and how they would help pay bills for the Ronald McDonald House, help other families with sick children in the hospital and that it was a safe place for the families to rest. He was very determined to help others, and has been collecting pop-tabs ever since.

65 Roses
"65 Roses" is what little children suffering from Cystic Fibrosis call their disease. As the following story illustrates, the words are much easier to pronounce…
Mary G. Weiss became a volunteer for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in 1955 after learning that her three little boys had Cystic Fibrosis. Her duty was to call every civic club, social and service organization seeking financial support for CF research. Mary's four year old son, Richard, listened closely to his mother as she made each call. After several calls, Richard came into the room and told his mom, "I know what you are working for." Mary was dumb struck because Richard did not know what she was doing, nor did he know he had Cystic Fibrosis. With some trepidation, Mary posed the question back to Richard, "What am I working for Richard?" "You are working for 65 roses", he answered so sweetly. Mary was speechless. She went over to him and tenderly pressed his tiny body to hers. He could not see the tears running down Mary's cheeks as she stammered, "Yes, Richard, I'm working for 65 roses."
This legend has been popularized by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (USA) in the names of fundraising events (e.g., Sixty-Five Roses Dance). But making it easier to say doesn't make Cystic Fibrosis any easier to live with. The ugly fact is that Cystic Fibrosis is the number one genetic killer of children and young adults in America today. The "65 Roses" story has captured the hearts and imaginations of all who have heard it. The rose, appropriately the ancient symbol