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Carah wrote on April 8, 2009:
Dear O\'Brien Family, May I please begin by saying I am so very sorry for your loss. While I was never afforded the opportunity of meeting Miss Catie she seems like one truly *** person with one BIG legacy that will live on. I came upon her story through the St. Jude website. It moved me to tears and chills. I am in awe of this little girl and her selfless wish. I will share her story in high hopes that her wish can be fulfilled. Happy 8th Birthday Catie!! Best wishes, Carah
Nancy Waggoner wrote on April 6, 2009:
Dear O\'Brien Family, I just want to start off by saying that I am truly sorry for your loss. I found your story on YouTube. My nephew, Ty Waggoner, did a commercial for St Jude and was posted there. After, I saw \"Catie\'s Wish\" and had to watch it. Wow! What a beautiful little girl, as are all of your children. May your trust in the Lord keep giving you strength. Just know there are thoughts and prayers comint to you from California. God Bless You, Nacy Waggoner
Tammy Gallimore Martin wrote on April 6, 2009:
Christine, While I don\'t know the depth of your sorrow, I understand that you needed time to cry alone. You certainly have a right at times to put your head in your pillow and cry alone. Maybe in ways it is selfish - but you of all people should have the right to that emotion from time to time when the pain is more than you can handle. Please know that our family continues to lift your family in prayer. May God\'s presence surround you a little closer this week as you face the upcoming holiday. I laughed at Catie\'s cup showing up. She is there with you and she wanted you to know! Love and many prayers from Tennessee. Tammy
Nancy Dantone wrote on April 2, 2009:
Hello to the O\'Brien family. I\'m the dark-headed lady who stopped you at the end of the luncheon (over by the desserts!!) after Mary Kate\'s funeral yesterday in Greenville. I remember now looking at Catie\'s website after Regina had mentioned her in their journal. Little did I know that I would one day meet her parents. What a beautiful family you have and Catie was apparently as strong and as giving as her parents. I just wanted to say hello again and that it was nice meeting you. Take care and may God bless you.
Myrna & Bill Everly wrote on March 31, 2009:
What a beautiful letter from Marlo Thomas about a beautiful & special little girl-your Catie!! She might have been only seven years old, but she knew exactly what she wanted to do about St. Jude. She was a special girl who touched so many lives I sent Marlo\'s letter to everyone on my email list! Love & prayers, Myrna Everly :)
Michelle wrote on March 31, 2009:
Just want you all to know the way you live your lives in Christ has given me courage to pick my head up during my disease\'s rough spots. I pray to Catie often. I loved Maggie\'s journal entry. Thank you for sharing
Tammy Gallimore Martin wrote on March 30, 2009:
Today, as I read the St Jude letter, like most times, tears fill my eyes. However, today, those tears flow a little harder because while I never knew your precious Catie, I feel as though she is a part of me because she touched my life so deeply. What an honor is yours to be the parent of such a beautiful, brave, and selfless little girl. May God continue to hold and bless your family!
Marisa wrote on March 30, 2009:
Wow - what a powerful letter! We have received so many letters similar to this one in the mail, asking for donations to various causes. Never before have I read one so powerful and touching - partially because we personally know the beautiful child about which this letter is written, but also because of the simple selflessness of your *** daughter - Catie. She continues to touch and make better so many lives. We are honored to be able to contribute to Catie\'s Legacy. Hugs and continued prayer, Marisa, Tom, Michael, Molly, Max and Megan
Diane Grande wrote on March 30, 2009:
Dear O\'Brien\'s Just finished reading Marlo Thomas\'s letter. What a beautiful tribute to Catie\'s Legacy. She told Catie\'s story is a wonderful way--all who read it will come to know Catie to be the special \"angel\" she is through just a few pages. Peter just shared with me something he heard recently--a gentleman describing a young woman he met by chance years ago when on his honeymoon and she was just a child. She is now reaching the end of her battle with cancer. His description went like this: \"Her life was like a diamond. She packed alot of brilliance in a small space.\" Peter said that when he heard this, he immediately thought of Catie. Marlo Thomas describes beautifully Catie\'s brilliance in her letter. Keeping you all in our prayers. The Grandes
Aunt KC wrote on March 26, 2009:
Hello all - Just wanted to send love from all of us here at Central Catholic in Allentown. Love you all and miss you. Talk to you soon. See you Palm Sunday. In the joy of the Lord, kc
Jane Miller wrote on March 25, 2009:
Hi O\'Briens! I just wanted to let you know that Catie\'s story is getting around. Check out the lovely post about Catie\'s Story at http://kmessner.livejournal.com/ You are always in my thoughts and prayers, Jane
Cheri Koozer wrote on March 22, 2009:
Dear O\'Brien family, Your journal entries continue to touch my heart and soul. I have always strived to be the best that I can, but since sharing Catie\'s story, I strive harder to be a better wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt, Christian, friend. You have given so much to so many. I looked for the brightest star in the sky last night, and I thought of Catie. May you continue to love and support one another and may God bless you all. If we can be of any help to you, please don\'t hesitate to contact us. The Koozers Cheri, Doug and Kailynn
Marthe Terry wrote on March 21, 2009:
My love, prayers and long distance hugs to all of you, as always. I have been sharing Catie\'s and your story as well, with my beloved Carmelite Nuns of Flemington, NJ. Sometime when I get a free minute, I will share with you what they have written in their beautiful and prayerful letters to me. They refer to your little Saint as \"a seraphic child\" whom they are praying to as well. They were deeply touched as are so many souls. Dearest Catie, intercede for us always. The Herald article was quite a fitting tribute. God bless you always, Marthe
Myrna & Bill Everly wrote on March 21, 2009:
Dear Christine, Kevin & the Fab 5, Thank you for sharing The Times Herald article. You are so incredible. I am sending the article to friends in the Norristown area. Our thoughts and prayers are with you always. Love and prayers, Myrna & Bill Everly
Diane wrote on March 21, 2009:
Thank you for sharing the Times Herald article. It captured the good vibs celebrating the life of Catie at PJs and also did a wonderful job of spreading the vision of Catie\'s legacy to those who read it. Praying for you, Diane
Jai Powell wrote on March 17, 2009:
I believe as humans we sometimes will question why God does things the way he does. Don\'t you imagine if we could see him face to face he would say, \"Because I am your Father and I say so.\" There will come a day, when we all come together, that we will fully understand his actions. I belive God blessed Catie with this understanding before she left to go to her heavenly home. She has been gifted with something very special that most of us are wanting and will have in God\'s time. God knows we burden ourselves with so many issues that crowd our brain. That is why he wants us to let go and let God. I can bet that Catie is telling her heavenly Father what blessings she knows her mom, dad, brother and sisters are needing. Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers.
M wrote on March 17, 2009:
Hi! When I first heard of Catie, I was blown away by her strong faith and comitment to God. She is such an inspiration to not only me, a 13 year old, but to EVERYBODY. She is one *** little girl, and everytime i want to give up, I remember her, and tell myself to not give up, and that with faith in God, anything is possible. God Bless her family. May she rest in peace!
Kate wrote on March 15, 2009:
Thank you for the gift of getting to know Catie today at the benefit. God bless you all.
Kara Witsoe wrote on March 13, 2009:
I haven\'t met your lovely family, but keep you in my thoughts often. Every time I read an update, I am inspired by your faith, attitude, and desire to live every day to the fullest. I wish you peace and comfort, and thank you for sharing Catie\'s story. - Kara Witsoe (aunt of Sean Witsoe at St. Judes)
Marthe Terry wrote on March 10, 2009:
Dear, Dear Kevin, Christine, Maggie, Max, Mia, Molly and ME--May Jesus Crucified comfort you. May Jesus Risen give you hope and His Peace. I truly believe Little \"Saint\" Catie will continue her great work from Heaven. Who knows, she may be spending her heaven doing good upon the earth along with St. Therese, the Little Flower. What a powerful testimony this difficult journey continues to be as shared in your writings. You are definitely God\'s special instruments through Catie, Christ\'s little Bride. In His love, Marthe
Jai Powell wrote on March 5, 2009:
It\'s good that you all are doing well. I like hearing that. How awesome is it to have the Catie Mii. I think that is really cool. I am happy you are reading \"The Shack\". It really helped me to see and understand The Holy Trinity in a different way and that God is with us through the ugly and the beauty and how much we need him. Thank you for having Catie pray for Mary Kate. I imagine Catie is heaven\'s head cancer cheerleader. Go Catie!
Kathy Murdoch wrote on March 4, 2009:
I was just thinking about you guys. We miss you here at the Jude. I will continue to keep you all in my prayers as you continue on this journey. Love to you all, Kathy (E Clinic Patient Rep)
Mary Jane Hurley Brant wrote on February 28, 2009:
Your Catie and my Katie will always and forever be precious angels. I send their dear mother and father and their family my every prayer. Love and peace, Mary Jane
Diane Grande wrote on February 26, 2009:
Dear O\'Briens: I had the opportunity to attend Mass today at St. Pius. The mass was offered for Catie as well as other Pius family members that have recently gone on to their eternal resting place. You continue to inspire all of us that read the updates--always providing us with a message we can carry with us as we navigate our relationships with family, friends, colleagues, etc. Looking forward to details about first Legacy event. Always in my prayers, Diane and Family
Jai Powell wrote on August 21, 2008:
Thank you for sharing your days without Catie. I don\'t know how you do what you do but you always make the ones doing the reading feel that our burdens are being lifted. You always put a smile on my face. What a blessing you are. Thank you for keeping Caties legacy alive and may this season of Lent bring special miracles.
PRIVATE wrote on January 1, 1970:
The O'Brien Family- you have so much strength and courage that people feel drawn to you. I have become a better spouse, parent, and Christian from your example of Christ-like example. I want you to know how many people have been touched by your story, by your faith, and by your sufferning. I pray for comfort and miracles for all of you daily. Remember you are never alone and there are so many people out here who care about Catie and your family very much. God Bless all of you.
a friend wrote on January 1, 1970:
Our family prays for your family daily. The strength of your faith has pulled me, weak and inadequate, closer to God. Please tell Catie how she has helped this friend.
tammy @ the gap wrote on January 1, 1970:
my thoughts and prayers are with you all every day. you are such an *** family and i thank you for sharing your story with us. my son, who is also 7, asks about catie often and hopes that she is in good spirits. thank you and god bless.
tammy @ the gap wrote on January 1, 1970:
sorry about that last post...not sure what happened. i was saying that you are an *** family. please take care of yourselves and again, god bless.
Naomi Somerville wrote on January 1, 1970:
Dear Catie, Sorry I haven't been emailing you lately, I have been looking at your website though. I saw the picture that had you and your cousin in it on your First Holy Communion. I really like your dress. I imagine it was a really happy day for you. I am praying for you. I hope that the miracle we're all wishing for will happen. I know God is at your side. With love, Naomi