Catie’s Day

Catie Team,

 Just a quick note to let you know that we celebrated Catie’s Birthday on Saturday in South Carolina where Catie spent so many wonderful vacations with her Poppy and Grammy and her Uncle John, Aunt Lynn, and cousins Anna, Douglas, and Austin.  We did many of the things that Catie loved to do, we went to the beach, jumped in the waves, flew kites, and ate cupcakes, (purple of course).  The next day was Easter, and celebrating the Resurrection gave us the joy to accept Catie’s physical absence and concentrate on her very real presence in our hearts.  There were few tears and a great deal of laughter.

 The prayer total continues to climb daily with over a quarter of a million prayers logged in just a few short weeks.  While we have not yet reached a million prayers, keep them coming as we will leave the page up.  Catie’s Kids need the prayers as much today as they did in the days leading up to Catie’s birthday.  Thank you for continuing to remember these children as they wage the battle of and for their lives.

 Thank you also for your generous donations that continue to arrive daily.  We do not have any final totals yet, but continue to realize that every dollar, like every prayer makes a difference.  For example, we received a letter last week from a young girl who sent us $3.54 and 354 prayers.  What a wonderful testament to her understanding that eradicating pediatric cancer will take both research and prayers.  Many of the donations have beautiful notes attached, and the emotions that arise from these letters slows the process a bit.

 We also received some wonderful acknowledgements and thanks from the staff and patients at St. Jude for the cards and “Happys” that were sent to the Hospital to celebrate Catie’s birthday.  It is bittersweet to hear how alive Catie continues to be at St. Jude in the hearts and minds of the people who knew her and fell in love with her while she was there.  She really was and is a special little girl, and though I selfishly miss her terribly, I am so proud of her and happy for her that she is home for eternity.

 God is good, all the time,

 Christine, Kevin, Maggie, Max, Mia, Molly, M.E., and always Catie

 Keep those prayers coming –

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