Robbie Viera-Lambert passed away all of sudden at age 42 by a heart attack on Dec. 3rd. It was so shocking for everyone who knew him and his family, yet his memorial service was the most uplifting, inspirational one I’ve ever experienced.
Robbie, who was a strong candidate for the US Olympic ice hockey team, became quadriplegic after a car accident on the way home from a special intense training camp at age 18, but by God’s grace, he had a wonderfully blessed life with many miracles.
In order to grance how blessed his life was, I’d like to introduce Robbie’s story, which was printed on the memorial service program.
“When I was young I wanted to be an ice hockey player more than anything else. Living in Hawaii that seemed next to impossible. However with the help of God, family, friends and endless fundraisers this Hawaiian Express was on the way to playing professional hockey.
I had it all (or so I thought), until I broke my neck in a car accident. Hockey was no longer the focus; just trying to move became the new challenge.
After the accident I didn’t ask God “why” but “what” did He want me to do now. The answer came in helping others who were in the same situation I was in. This is when my mom, CyCy, and I started RVL SCORE (Robbie Vierra-Lambert Spinal Cord Organization For Regaining Excellence). Through our organization we were able to help many people gain their level of excellence and live independent lives after a spinal cord injury.
This is when Tarrah came into my life as a volunteer for RVL SCORE. Through the years we cared more and more for each other and then finally, I asked her to marry me. It was a very good day.
The doctors said I would never be able to have kids, however God had other plans and blessed us with 3 beautiful miracles, Kamea, Nani and Luk. I’m so proud of my kiddos and everything they do. I’m cheering from Heaven as they play soccer, hockey, perform plays or just have a good day.
I’ve also been able to mentor my little brother Keoni and watched as he has grown into a fine businessman and a loving husband.
RVL SCORE continues to make a difference in so many lives by producing youth musicals. Kids get a chance to find their voice through drama, singing, and dance as proceeds benefit those in need.
I know God had a purpose for my life that was very different from what I had planned back in Hawaii. However, His plan is perfect and brought many of you into my life. You have blessed my family and me with your love and friendship, for this I will always be grateful.
Thank you for being a part of my life’s celebration. I’m in Heaven with Jesus and those who have gone before me. I have a brand new body and have never skated faster.
Remember to keep Christ as your center, He is mine, He is my families’！ Love conquers all things. HOOOO PAPA!
Love to you all, Robbie”
In the service were so many people including those in wheelchairs, handicapped, and youths, whose lives were touched by Robbie.
I wish he had been able to live longer so that he would have seen his girls become independent. However, just like Dad, who changed his tragedy into a positive by blessing someone else, I believe that his girls also will change this sad experience into something beautiful with God’s help.
Praying so, I imagine Robbie who has received a new body without a wheelchair.
God, thank you for Robbie!
At the center of the sanctuary was a silver hockey stick in which Robbie’s ashes were placed.