Friday, March 29, 2013

The Last Dance

The young lady that I posted about HERE has passed away, I'm sorry to say.
Greg sent me the sad news.


A 14-year-old cancer sufferer who touched the hearts of people across the country with her unwavering determination to complete a bucket list before her death has passed away.
Katelyn Norman died at East Tennessee Children's Hospital at 8.19am on Friday, a hospital spokesperson told ABC.
She had been fighting osteosarcoma, an aggressive bone cancer, for two years but doctors told her it had spread to her heart, arteries, pelvis and spine and that there was nothing more they can do.
On learning the prognosis, Katelyn drew up a bucket list of activities she hoped she complete, including a slow dance, learning to drive a car and spending a day with each of her three siblings.
And this week her family and friends ensured she was able to tick off one desire: Attending a prom.
She was supposed to attend the event in her honour in LaFollette, Tennessee on Tuesday night, but had been airlifted to hospital earlier in the day after struggling to breathe.
Outside the hospital, thousands of people lined along Highway 63 as part of a candle-lit vigil for Katelyn, who had insisted that a party continue in her absence.
'She contacted me and said prom must go on, that's her, and you can't help but feed off that energy, that life,' Sharon Shepard, an instructor at Katelyn's school and prom coordinator, told WATE-TV.
'Once you meet her your life will never be the same, she has such an impact.'
The event, which was held at The Stables in LaFollette, had been personalised for the teenager, with the theme 'Katie in the Sky with Diamonds'.
Friends danced, ate and drank at the party, and posed in front of Italian landscape backdrops - a nod to Katelyn's other dream to visit Italy, a dream she never fulfilled.


WiscoDave said...

The world just got little darker and a little less beautiful. Rest in peace young miss.

ken said...

May she find peace with God, and may her family know our heart felt sympathy's.

Warlock Sundance said...

yeah....I cried too.

Wrench said...

Like so many others, I have lost too many family members and friends to cancer. I hate it.
Peace be upon her and as she takes her place among the angels, may she shine her beautiful light upon us here on earth. May her family be comforted with the grace only the all knowing God, architect of the universe, can give. Amen

hiswiserangel said...

She lived with more honor, love and passion in her young life than most of us do in our extended years. God bless and keep her.

Wraith said...

RIP, Katelyn. Seems the Lord always takes the best ones too soon.

Robert Fowler said...

Suddenly, it's very dusty in here.

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Blue Stain said...

At least she's been spared the "Hell on Earth" that's soon coming.

Rest easy, little one. We've got things covered here. You just focus on enjoying your real life in your real body, without concern for the weak flesh that imprisons us all, in this dimension.