On Thursday, March 31, a brave little girl named Catie Lucas joined our creator. Known as Courageous Catie on social media, the 3 year old passed away after battling a rare blood disease – juvenile myelomonocytic leukemia.
Needless to say that learning about her passing has broken my heart. I may not know Catie personally, nor met her or her parents Feliz and Jayjay Lucas, still her story has touched something deep inside me. Since late 2015, the little girl and her parents have gone through a lot. Their medical journey has even taken them to several hospitals, including the National University Hospital in Singapore where Catie recently passed away.
Looking through the Lucas’ Facebook account for their daughter Catie, I can only imagine the kind of inner strength needed for what the family went through. It is also saddening to know that such a sweet little girl has suffered through so much. Her story has been heartbreaking, yet, it has also managed to inspire many people.
Through all the medical tests, confinements, injections and IV piercings, Catie still managed to give a smile here, a laugh there, as well as say a little prayer. Her faith and that of her parents are truly commendable! She was such a courageous and brave little girl.
Her journey has also touched countless people. From the Lucas’ family and friends including strangers, many individuals stepped forward to offer their assistance. The outpouring of prayers, love, help and support seemed tremendous! It was heartwarming! It was touching! And those are feelings coming from a person who wasn’t even a recipient of that support. I can only wonder at how blessed Catie’s parents may have felt with all the love and prayers.
However, the time has come for all of us to say our farewell to Courageous Catie. I offer my deepest condolences to Feliz and Jayjay. Please take comfort in knowing that she is in a much better place now. Although the pain of her loss may not go away and that journey may not be easy, but try to stay strong since Catie is looking down on you from up above.
Thank you Catie for serving as an inspiration to many. Thank you Feliz and JayJay for sharing your story. Heaven has definitely gained a new angel through Catie!