Late last year I did a blog post about a very special little girl called Kate, and I know her story touched so many of your hearts. You can read the blog post again HERE.
It is with such a heavy heart that I have very sad news to share with you...
Kate's Mum Fiona contacted me through the original blog post to let me know that Kate passed away very suddenly on the 21st of May. When I read the message I just couldn't stop balling my eyes out (for a little girl I've never met) and I was so touched that Fiona would take the time to let us know, in the midst of everything she's going through.
Fiona has kindly shared a link to a beautiful photo montage of Kate's life which you can view here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fjxC9goVZMs
I contacted Lesley (the lovely MSP customer and close friends with the Engwirda's) to pass on my sympathies and she said that, if I was comfortable with it, to do a post about Kate and her Mum Fiona.
Kate passed away at a place called Bear Cottage, which is in Sydney. There is no such resource in Brisbane, and it really is an amazing place and such a needed resource for kids with life limiting illnesses and their families, every state should have one.
There is good news on the horizon though….
Hummingbird House will deliver a supportive home away from home for families impacted by a child’s life-limiting illness, in Brisbane. This is such a worthwhile charity (the Engwirdas stayed at Bear Cottage twice – they would have been able to access more frequently if they lived in Sydney). So please donate, donate, donate….every $$ count
Kate's Mum has also been nominated for a Pride of Australia Award and you can read about it here:
What an amazing lady! Fiona, your courage and strength is an absolute inspiration!
In Fiona's words, Kate was...
So Loved, So Loving, So Lovely