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About Collin

My son Collin Rabon was killed in a 4-wheeler accident in the Spring of 2006. He was 11 years old and loved to do all the things 11 year old boys loved to do. I do not understand why this had to happen to my family, but I know that God does not make mistakes and I will see Collin again one day. One of my missions in life now is to find any way for Collin’s life to have a positive effect on others – and thanks to David Bennett and his idea to start the Collin’s Kids – David Bennett Foundation, it is now possible to have a positive effect on the whole community.

I would like to take a few minutes to tell you a little bit about the kind of person Collin was.

Collin was not only my child with my husband Steve, he was a true friend to everyone he met. He loved life and had a great spirit and even though he had a winning spirit, winning was not at the top of his list. He just loved to have fun.

During Collin’s last baseball season, Steve asked Collin to catch when the catcher from his baseball team broke his leg the day before the first game. Steve told Collin, “Get back there today and I promise you I’ll get somebody to take your place – how many left-handed catchers do you know?”

During basketball season that year, the point guard on Collin’s team had to quit because of grades – so Collin would have to play point guard the whole game and on the way home he would say – “I can hardly move my legs”, but he would never asked to be taken out of the game.

Steve helped coach Collin in flag football and didn’t have a clue about how to coach football. During one of the games the head coach was kicked out of the game so Steve had to take over. He had the boys in the huddle and said, “OK boys what are we going to do? Jeb Bennett said, “Lets run play 46.” And Steve asked “What’s that?” Jeb said, “That is where Collin lines up on the left and we throw to Collin.” The next huddle Steve said, “OK boys – now what are we going to do?” Jeb said, “Lets run play 49” – and again Steve said “What is that?” Jeb said “Collin lines up on the right and we throw to Collin”. Steve finally said, “Jeb, we can’t go to Collin every time.” The team went on to win the game – and made Steve look good.

Collin and his uniqueness will surely be missed, David Bennett has said several times, “The boy was before his time. He was an old soul, he liked to drink coffee with the grown-ups. One of the things Collin loved was frogs and I now have quite a collection – these frogs serve as a reminder of him but also have another relevant meaning that was recently shared with me -the letters of the word frog F-R-O-G stand for Fully Rely On God and I am learning daily how important it is to fully rely on God.