Russell “Rusty” Lynn Schultz, 7, of Valparaiso, IN, entered into eternal life on Thursday, March 19 surrounded by his family. Rusty was welcomed into world on May 3, 2007 to proud parents, Adam and Mimi Schultz, and older sister, Rylee Jean Schultz. Most everyone has a “Rusty Story” that speaks to the joy and passion with which Rusty lived his life. His spirit came through in everything he did. Rusty was a big part of what is good and right in the world. His presence was a gift to those around him. His illuminating smile. His infectious laugh. His competitive spirit. Rusty attended Liberty Elementary School where he would do great on Monday and Tuesday. But by Wednesday morning he would state he had done enough work for the week, clearly he should stay home to play baseball and the Wii. He tended to do infinitely better on the days he had gym. Rusty was a natural leader with great influence. One of his greatest strengths was his compassion for others.
Rusty was diagnosed with metastatic Pineoblastoma brain cancer at the age of four. The manner in which he lived with this horrific disease touched thousands of lives. Many of whom never met Rusty in person. Rusty lived with courage and valor despite the overwhelming challenges he faced. His unwavering faith inspired us all. When Rusty was told his cancer had returned and there was no cure this was his classic Rusty response, "So it looks like I may be going to heaven a little earlier than we thought. It's cool. Man, I cannot wait to see the baseball field. I bet I can hit a home run on heaven's field. Did you think Jesus knows all the pitches?" Rusty is rounding the bases healed and set free. He is healthy and whole. No more cancer. No more scars. No more surgeries. No more pain. No more suffering.