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Ellen Skinner wrote on January 1, 1970
Catie we miss seeing you. I'm sorry your legs won't work anymore. You sure have a loving family and such wonderful parents. Even your sisters are helping to care for you! I hope you will consider having your story published as a book. You are an incredible, inspiring girl with an awesome family. You have inspired my faith and so many other peoples'. I know God asks each of us to sacrifice for His purposes, even children I guess, although we often cannot understand why. Your witness and faith, and that of your parents', have and will inspire people and save 100's or 1,000's of souls. Maybe you could draw the pictures for the cover or inside your book. You are of such high value and worth, even while ill, and I hope you know that. I love you! Ellen Skinner, Germantown, Tennessee
jamie cozens wrote on January 1, 1970
To The O'Brien clan, Not a day goes by that your family is not in our thoughts and prayers. Thank you for sharing your touching story- so full of inspiration. Catie, you sure are an *** little girl! We love you and GOD bless, The Cozens
Jean Fanelli wrote on January 1, 1970
I think publishing Catie's Story is an excellent idea. All I have to offer is a book about 'how' to get published that has a copyright of about 15 years ago. You are welcome to it if you want. Praying for Catie, Jean
Michele Zanzonico wrote on January 1, 1970
Hi O'Briens, I am a friend of Maureen Kennedy Pethick's and that is how I heard of Catie and all of you. Actually, I've been hearing about you for years, long before Catie's illness. From my perspective, I read Catie's story every day and through Maureen, you are an *** family. Your faith in God and each other is inspring and beautiful. I know you don't know me, but you are in my thoughts often and my prayers daily. I have but one child, a five year-old daughter, who I would lay down my life for without having to think about it. I love her more than I could ever have imagined loving anyone, but somehow, you all have made me love her that much more. So, in all of your suffering, you are reaching out, touching others and making a difference in this world - what a legacy. Thank you.
Karen Tribeck wrote on January 1, 1970
Catie- I read your last update this morning, and I think it is great that you want to raise so much money for St. Jude's. I love your mom's idea of publishing your story. I would have to agree, your story will touch and help many people. It already has. I got a chuckle out of your 'I am blind, not deaf' story. It made me smile to think that you are still acting like a little girl. You are certainly strong and brave. You and your family are constantly in our thoughts and prayers. Karen, Rob, Brendan and Lauren Tribeck
Regina Rushing wrote on January 1, 1970
I want you to know that we are praying for Catie every day and pray that God will send her a miracle. I know that we are blessed to have met her and your family and want you to know what an ispiration that your updates are. It is aparent how much you love God and your children and your faith is ***. Please tell Catie that Mary Kate, Regina & Alyson say hello and that we miss her here at the Target House. Love Regina
Marvin and Carrie Long wrote on January 1, 1970
God Bless you all. All our thoughts and prayers are with your whole family in your time of need.
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.
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.
Megan Frazier wrote on January 1, 1970
Catie, I am a 12 year old living in Basking Ridge NJ. I go to St. James School and I just wanted to tell you how much of a role model you are to me! Thanks to you I think that I have been praying more than 6 times a day for you and your family! I want to thank you for being so strong during this whole journey! I know you don't know me but I think you have made many of us children stronger in Faith! You have shown my friends and I that we should be thankful for every day that we have! I would also like to let you know that my school and I have been praying for you each and everyday of the week since Dec.! You have also inspired many of my peers! We have started a jar in one of my classes that will be donated to the Catie fund by the end of the year! During your trip to Lourdes 2 of my friends and I held a prayer service for your safety and cleansing! Now almost every day at least one person will come up to me and ask how you've been doing! Thanks to this I have been trying to read your wed site everyday so I can give the update! The last thing I want to let you know is that you are definitely one of the bravest people I have ever met! The one thing I ask of you is to stay strong and to hold on to your relationship with God! This is one thing that will always get you through the day! God bless you and always know that someone is always praying for you! Love, Megan Frazier
Miriam Bratt wrote on January 1, 1970
Dear Catie and family. My name is Miriam and your story has made it all the way to Italy. Thank you for having this website, which happens to be filled with serenity and inspiration. Also thank you for your beautiful Faith in God. There are not many words I wish to write, but there are many feelings I would like to share...they're hard to explain, so I'll translate them in a prayer for you all. I'd like to also thank Our Lord, for giving us all such a gift through you little Catie. There is nothing stronger and more beautiful than love and your life inspired a great chain of love that is beyond any boundaries. "O Mary, Conceived Without Sin, Pray For Us Who Have Recourse To Thee" Miriam and family (friends of the Raia family)
Sylvia wrote on January 1, 1970
I will be here....praying through the night, so don't hesitate to call at any hour if you want to chat. with much love ~ sylvia xoxo
Tammy Gallimore Martin wrote on January 1, 1970
My prayers and my thoughts are continually with you through this journey. May God's love continue to surround each of you and give you strength.
Cinzia, Brent & Leonardo wrote on January 1, 1970
Dear Catie, We have become aware of your story through Miriam (below), a friend of ours, and our family too is both Italian and American. I immediately found myself completely immersed in reading the journal that your loving family is so passionately keeping and can't but think that you are surrounded by an immense love, which is not common. Your story inspires us all to keep living every moment cherishing our loved ones and enjoying each opportunity that we have to be together, in peace, serenity, and simplicity. Always, Cinzia :)
Diana and Paul Hennessey wrote on January 1, 1970
Dear Catie and family, We are so very touched by your faith in Jesus and we are praying very hard for your strength and peace. May the Lord carry you all in the palm of His hand. Diana and Paul Hennessey (friends of Angel and Michael Nowak)
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.
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.
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
Sylvia wrote on January 1, 1970
Even if perhaps you have read this before, I thought this was appropriate this evening. Always praying. With much love, sylvia xoxo DANCE with God When I meditated on the word GUIDANCE, I kept seeing "dance" at the end of the word. I remember reading that doing God's will is a lot like dancing. When two people try to lead, nothing feels right. The movement doesn't flow with the music, and everything is quite uncomfortable and jerky. When one person realizes that, and lets the other lead, both bodies begin to flow with the music. One gives gentle cues, perhaps with a nudge to the back or by pressing lightly in one direction or another. It's as if two become one body, moving beautifully. The dance takes surrender, willingness, and attentiveness from one person and gentle guidance and skill from the other. My eyes drew back to the word GUIDANCE. When I saw "G," I thought of God, followed by "u" and "i." "God, "u" and "i" dance." God, you, and I dance. As I lowered my head, I became willing to trust that I would get guidance about my life. Once again, I became willing to let God lead. My prayer for you today is that God's blessings and mercies be upon you on this day and everyday. May you abide in God as God abides in you. Dance together with God, trusting God to lead and to guide you through each season of your life.
Michelle Dunford wrote on January 1, 1970
Hello Everyone We received your christmas card today. Your family looks so happy and so full of joy. I wish you will always remember the HAPPY times you have been blessed with. I showed the card to Elizabeth and she immediately pointed to Catie. Your daughter is an incredible person and we will do what we can to help her wish come true. Your faith and courage are an inspiration to all of us. your knowlegde of our Lord and His works are so meaningful. Give Catie a kiss from Elizabeth and let her know we have one gingerbread house that will ALWAYS be cherished. Our love and prayers. Believing in a MIracle! Michelle
Adrienne Hodges wrote on January 1, 1970
Dear Catie, Your faith and trust in God is inspiring. The closeness that you are experiencing with God makes me desire to be closer to God. Thank you for your courage, and for your example. Praying for you and your family, Adrienne
THe Winter Family wrote on January 1, 1970
Hello Catie and the entire O'Brien Family - I just read your latest update, but have been moved to write to you much before that. Yes, of course some parts of your letters are is sad. Unfortunately sad is sometimes a part of life. That doesn't mean not to enjoy those good moments. Don't try to make us laugh or do anything more than you are doing for anyone else - besides sharing your heart and souls with I have to say millions at this point! The real reason I am writing is to send Catie our blessings. We think about you often. Not one day goes by when people, who only know you through emails I send, out asks me - How is Catie doing...More importantly - they say - THANK YOU SO MUCH for forwarding these emails to me. They say they are so inspiring!! What a truely *** little girl and family! We are all praying for the "big miracle", but let's not overlook the millions of little miracles Catie has already brought to so many people. Christine and Kevin, by being so open and honest with both your faith, your inspiration and your humaness - Catie's story has touch so many people. You bring us inspiration. You bring us hope. You show us how to truely trust in Our Lord, while still being human with all our human concerns! You comfort us. You bring us strength. You are an example for many. These are all miracles that Catie is making happen and let all of us recognize these as such!!! Catie, you are making many appreciate each day just a little bit more, in some cases a lot more. Catie - your strength and peace are beyond inspiring. We continue to pray you stay in Jesus' arms, comforting you tight. We pray for your "big miracle", but mostly we pray for your comfort and peace. We pray for your mom and dad and for your brother and sisters. As difficult as all this is, Christine and Kevin, we and all those I forward this to can't thank you enough for still taking the time to share Catie and all your lives and souls and human feelings with all of us. We are all on this journey together and Catie has bonded a hugh entire faith family across the globe by you sharing her story! So thank you, thank you, thank you!!! God Bless...Pray for your miracle!! We Love You!! In Christ....Love The Winter Family Mark, Suzanne, Brendan, Brittany, Angela
Michael Pishock wrote on January 1, 1970
Christine & Kevin......My name is Michael Pishock and my wife Corinne and I attend St.Columbkill in Boyertown. We dont know you but learned of Caties illness at church from Father Bob and Father Quinn. We have been paraying for you for many months now. We share your pain as we lost our only child Jared at the age of 6 in August to Leukemia. We watched helplessly for over 5 moths as Jared's health had its ups and downs after his Bone Marrow Transpalnt at Childrens Hospital in Philadelphia. We know the feelings you are having and want you to know if you ever need to talk that we are here and although we dont know you we will share a bond forever. I pray to Jared to help Catie when her time comes and the good lord calls her home. I ask him to be her playmate and to show her around. My e-mail is Again I just wanted you to know your not alone and we pray for Caties to be at peace and for God to give you the strength to get through this. We would love to talk if you feel the need. There are no words anybody can say to that wil lease the pain but please know you are not alone and Catie wil lsoon be an Angel in heaven
Maureen Harkins wrote on January 1, 1970
I have had anxiety attacks when I've considered what Catie is enduring. I do not have the courage to even put myself in her shoes; however, I read her story, a story I do agree you should share, and I come away in awe of her spirit, and love for life. I hope that when my time comes to meet God, I have one tenth of one tenth of her grace. If you need help spreading the word about her "Birthday" wish, I hope you reach out - it is the very least we can do. Your daughter and family are beautiful. God give you peace in these precious days.
Sylvia Pituch wrote on January 1, 1970
Hi Catie ~ I just read the update with regard to what you will be doing for St. Jude. We are very much involved in the Penn State Dance Marathon - in fact, this weekend, there will be Penn State students all over PA, MA, VA, DE, NJ, NY, CT, MA, DC - standing outside of malls and on street corners with cans, collecting any loose change people want to donate - this is all donated to Hershey Medical Center's Four Diamonds Fund. When our Meghan went to Penn State she was involved in THON and would have 20-25 students staying here for the weekends for a big sleepover party - however, they were outside all day collecting coins - and guess what? - the first Saturday of canning - they came back and started counting - they had collected over $3,500.00 - YES, $3,500 in just six hours!!! YOU CAN DO IT CATIE!!!! AND WE CAN HELP YOU!!!! AND I CAN'T WAIT!!!! I HAVE GOOSEBUMPS!!!! I BELIEVE!!!! Do you know that the Penn State THON now raises over $6 million dollars a year - I have no doubt in my mind that CATIES STORY is going to beat that! Oh can we ever thank you??? Oh honey, you want to be the Saint of Pediatric Illness when you go to heaven?.......well guess what? I think you already are St. Mary Catherine O'Brien of Pediatric Illness......we just have to get the "big guys" to make it official. : ) I hope you feel all of the love that is coming your way tonight....and I hope today was a good day. with much love, sylvia xoxo
Deanna Tanner wrote on January 1, 1970
Catie, We just want to tell you how very much your story has touched us. You're such a strong and terrific girl. Please know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. God bless you, LeRoy, Deanna, Josh, Danielle, Tyler, and Gizmo (the cat) and Coco (the dog)
Regina Rushing wrote on January 1, 1970
Your updates may sound depressing to some but they are the truth. I for one appreciate your being so open and letting us know exactly how Catie is doing. As for the Quality of Life team I think that they do not know what to tell you. I have seen two people die and know others that have seen people die and none of the stories are the same. I do think that you are doing a wonderful job and as long as you keep doing what you are you will not go wrong. Keep leaning on God and trusting in him and he will show you the way. Please give Catie a kiss and a hug from us and let us know that we love her. Love Regina, Alyson & Mary Kate
Todd Dragovich wrote on January 1, 1970
Catie and Family, My heart is truly broken and just completly questioning how the good Lord could take sweet ,little Catie in such a manner. We miss her yelling down to our boys to play, to wave, to simply say "hello". Never will a day pass that we will forget you as everything about our yard, view,and house simply reminds us of you through fond memories that only seem like hours ago. God bless you Catie and the warmth that you leave behind in our hearts. You will never be forgotten.
Kathy wrote on January 1, 1970
Hello Catie, I first learned of you and your journey through my friends at Good Shepherd School. Since then, you have touched my heart and soul like no one ever has. Your strength and faith has encouraged me to let God in to every single aspect of my life. I will never again be a once a week Catholic. Because of you I will see Him in everything I encounter. Even though we have never met, I feel a connection of the soul with you. I look forward to the day I am called home so I can finally "meet" you. Thank you for changing my life. You are a true treasure! I am now, and always, praying for a miracle. God Bless You and your wonderful family.
Kathleen Sappah wrote on January 1, 1970
Hi Catie, I know your Aunt KC and have been praying for you everyday! I added you to the prayer intentions at Mass here at Franciscan University of Steubenville. Now you have over 700 students daily praying for you at Mass! God Bless you!

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