For Katie Update -- "Card for Katie Campaign

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  1. JediMexx Jedi Youngling

    Member Since:
    Aug 31, 2004
    star 3
    Hello All......just spreading the word on the latest update on Katie and this wonderful card campaign. Orginally posted on the 501st board by Dion TK/TD/DZ 1217. For those of you who do not know, Albin Johnson is the founder of the 501st.

    Katie's story: Heart of an Empire Site

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    Hello everyone,

    For those of us in the 501st, most of you already know the news. For
    those who are not, please take the time to read this and maybe join
    in. Albin is a good friend of mine and very dear to me. Please, if
    you can, join in. I am trying to organize a multi fangroup "Card for
    Katie" Campaign. It's nothing difficult... just go to your local card
    shop.. find a "Thinking of you" card, or something that will bring a
    smile to Katie's face, and mail it to her. You can the address of
    where to send it in her dad's (Albin) update below. Time is of the
    essence here everyone. Fandom has embraced Katie in her long
    struggle... we need to let her know that we're still behind her, and
    will remain behind her EVERY step of the way.

    Thank you. Below is Albin's last post
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    We met with the doctors on Wednesday to discuss the recent PET scans.
    The information confirmed that the gray masses in the MRI scans are
    indeed cancerous. The tumor has been growing aggressively and now
    threatens Katie's life. The doctors were very direct with us, telling
    us
    that the chemo and radiation could be considered a failure, and that
    now
    medical science had nothing more to offer Katie. We have been told to
    prepare for the end. Referrals have been made to Hospice and we are
    making arrangements for how we want to treat Katie with 'comfort
    medicine' in the final stages of the disease.

    We have not been given a concrete timetable. Katie might have weeks,
    she

    might have months. But due to the recent degeneration we've been
    seeing
    in Katie's physical condition, we have to work fast if we want to do
    anything special for her. I contacted Make-A-Wish and we have been
    granted a Disney trip for the week of June 29th to July 4th and
    staying
    at the village "Give Kids the World". We will be flying Katie's
    step-sister down on Monday so she can participate. The cost is
    unexpected, but the trip should be much more economical than we'd
    normally have to consider, thanks to Make-A-Wish. We will be out of
    touch for this week. We have successfully moved into the new house.
    Our
    new address is 300 Braewick Rd Columbia SC 29212. All phone numbers
    are
    the same. Please forgive us as we move in and out of touch.

    I want to thank everyone who has prayed and supported us through this
    ordeal. I ask that you continue your prayers and think of us as we
    are
    about to enter the roughest part of this experience. Katie will be
    treated for pain and discomfort as the cancer spreads, so it is our
    hope
    her suffering will be minimal. The hard job will be for all of us, as
    we
    try to keep a strong face and stay by her side through this.

    I am not giving up on God. He is in control. I still believe in
    miracles. God will take care of Katie and all of us no matter what
    the
    outcome. By the same token, I am also wise enough to prepare for
    whatever contingencies might happen. So preparations are being made.
    Again, I would just ask that everyone pray for Katie and our family.
    If
    there is anything you want to do for Katie, I would suggest doing it
    sooner rather than later. I promise you we will do whatever it takes
    to
    make her a happy little girl for as long as she is with us.

    Thank you and God bless you all.

    - Albin Johnson
    Katie's dad
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  2. Qui-Gon-Matt Jedi Master

    Member Since:
    Apr 20, 2005
    star 4
    I've been following Katies story for a long time now, and this is just heartbreaking. It had been a long time since the last update, and I was hoping for good news. I just hope that the same miracle that happened for my daughter, can happen with Katie. If you have children, hold them a little tighter tomorrow. Take them and do something special just for them. Because when my daughter was laying in that hospital bed fighting for her life, all I wanted to do was hold her, and I'll never take that for granted. May God bless Katie and her family during this time.
  3. BrotherHalo RSA Emeritus and Heckler

    Member Since:
    May 12, 2003
    star 5
    Amen.


    Even if you're not a praying kind of person, it doesn't hurt to try.
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