Written by: Jeremy Baumhower
This past Sunday morning around 1:30 AM, one of the greatest laughs I have ever heard was forever silenced. Aaron Mazur, a childhood friend of mine, a person who evolved into a great lover of life, fighter, an amazing father and husband took his last breath after losing a 15 plus year battle against his own body.
I don’t exactly remember when Aaron Mazur and I started hanging out together when we were younger, but I can tell you why. Mazur had the best laugh I have ever heard; it was un-apologetically goofy and loud, but 100% authentic. His sense of humor and wit reflected the neighborhood perfectly. The only thing more obnoxious about him was his perfect smile that never left his face; it seems that cameras were invented for people like Maze.
There are few people on this planet where you can see an accurate portrayal of one’s soul captured in every photograph. Aaron Mazur was one of few people.
As I told the news of Aaron’s passing to my parents, my mother remembered that it was Aaron and his mom, Geri Mazur, that knocked on their door late one night, to tell them about a little trouble I was in with the police. That was the kind of person Mazur was. He implicated himself in a night of youthful mistakes, to make sure I was OK and that my parents knew where I was. I never thanked him for that sacrifice.
After high school I became a dad and we grew apart. Mazur and the other ‘Myrth Makers’ understood why… life changes and we have to as well. I saw him a couple of years after graduation and he looked completely yellow and gray, he was way skinnier than I had ever seen him. It was at this moment I had was informed on how his life was forever changed. He told me that a couple months previous he woke up one morning in tremendous pain and the doctors discovered his liver was failing. Aaron had emergency surgery, received a new liver and his new life started.
Very few men are blessed with the complete understanding of what our hearts are for, Aaron proved how rare he was yet again.
Mazur made every moment of his second chance at life mean something. He chased his heart, he was not afraid to love or being loved.
I fully understand now why Mazur and became friends; it was his loving gentle soul. Aaron was placed on this planet to be a husband and a dad, to love.
Although he was born with a bad liver, God made it up with Aaron’s heart.
To Emma and Bradley: Living a life without your dad will not be easy, but if you tackle life the way he did, you can accomplish anything. Your hearts will be his greatest gift to you both, one day you will see. I promise.
In honor of Aaron, Katelyn and his children, please check yes and become an organ donor.