From Meagan RE: Katy

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From Meagan RE: Katy

I know not all of us participate in the July 2003 group anymore. However, as one of our wise members said to me today, every time July rolls around she thinks of the women and children in our little group. I agree. Katy's loss is devastating and I'm sure others, like me, are reeling at the idea that these two young children are left motherless so suddenly. Sure, the diagnosis was grim but she seemed to be doing so well just a few weeks ago.
Rachel had a marvelous idea about coming together in a group effort to remember Katy and remind her kids that their Mom will not be forgotten. I told her I would e-mail since I have more contacts. I know I do not have everyone and, as I no longer have a logon for July 2003, would be grateful if someone would post this there.
Rachel's idea was to put together a collage of the babies at age one and again now. I could lift recent photos of Alexander off of Katy?s FB page. The idea would be to illustrate that there is a community of mothers and children out there rallying around the kids and thinking about them. My husband does graphic design and could put together something neat. If people want to send in scanned notes from their kids or from you, I?d be happy to be the gathering point to compile, print and mail. I have a color printer and can print notes/pictures if you scan and send.
This is just an idea. You don?t have to participate but we just thought it might be a nice gesture and would give us all something to do in the midst of this pointless tragedy. I have Katy?s address. If you are interested, let?s set a deadline of Monday, August 20 to send in any pictures, art, notes, etc. I will get everything together and sent off on Tuesday. I will scan a final package to the participants so everyone can see what was sent out. If you are interested, e-mail your items to me at [email]mjvalenzano@gmail.com[/email].

If anyone has other ideas about ways we could come together to show support as a group, please speak up. A group flower arrangement for the funeral? I don?t know if anyone has her sister, Annie?s, contact info but I understood that the funeral was still being arranged. I hesitate to contact Karl directly during this time of grieving. I did check for an obituary but did not see one in the local papers yet.
Sorry for multiple e-mails but couldn't get the silly display to work with all of it in one message.
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This is what Meagan wanted posted from Facebook, hope everyone can participate!

Thanks
Rachel

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Thanks girls for thinking of this!

What do you guys think of a flower arrangement or a plant (so that its lasting) or how about a donation in her honour???

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Had to sign back up to respond here. Melissa, maybe we wait to see what the obituary directs but what about a donation to something equestrian? She so adored those horses. Or to fund research her type of tumor so no more children are left motherless from this horrible disease?

"canadianlady" wrote:

Thanks girls for thinking of this!

What do you guys think of a flower arrangement or a plant (so that its lasting) or how about a donation in her honour???

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How about a donation to an equestrian physical therapy program in Arizona, or England?

"MeaganVNZ" wrote:

Had to sign back up to respond here. Melissa, maybe we wait to see what the obituary directs but what about a donation to something equestrian? She so adored those horses. Or to fund research her type of tumor so no more children are left motherless from this horrible disease?
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That is a beautiful idea, Christa. Here is one for children with disabilities in Scottsdale: Camelot Therapeutic Horsemanship It has been around since 1980 and seems well-established.

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I am sending a pic of Isaac and a drawing or writing after he gets back from grandpas.. Thursday he gets back.

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Thanks Rachel. I know Brian loves getting handwritten notes from friends. Hopefully, if and when Karl shares them, Alexander will also find happiness and comfort in the gesture.

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Thanks for thinking of this Meagan. (It's very nice to see you around here, you too Rachel)

I'll send something this week.
I'm in for whatever we decide to do, whether it's a donation, plants, flowers...just let me know.

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Thanks Samantha, that's great! I have received some beautiful pics. Was thinking of a sentiment for the collage such as "we stood with you then and remain with you now." Not necessarily in those words but something along those lines.