Family starts rock garden in memory of 10-year-old who died of cancer

The family of 10-year-old Elijah Aschbrenner, a Concord boy who died of cancer in 2015, has now started a rock garden to add to a memorial at Elijah’s school, Cox Mill Elementary.

“This is the place where I come and I can sit and just talk to him,” Elijah’s mom, Becky Hughes said. 

Becky and her family started the rock garden on Easter Sunday, a date several years ago when they found out Elijah’s cancer had returned for a second time.

“What better time to come here and begin his rock garden because he wouldn’t want us to be sad on Easter Sunday,” Becky said.

The family has had some amazing contributions. Elijah’s brother, Sam, painted a dragonfly rock, and Sam’s teacher has a sister who lives in South America. She gave them a rock from a volcano there.

“I would love to be able to fill this whole garden with rocks for him.”

And there’s something else in the memorial garden that lets them know Elijah is with them.

“The purple flowers I know came straight from Elijah. No one planted these purple flowers.”

They’re a blessing that keeps blooming.

“It’s a place for anyone to come, if they’re having a bad day just to stop and remember Elijah never gave up.”