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Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Liam loses a friend, the world a scarlet haired princess

Today is one of the saddest days we have experienced since we started this journey over a year ago. Jessie Garren, the lovely teenage girl who became Liam’s dear friend and whose family has come to be close friends of ours, lost her battle with cancer last night. Jessie’s spirit and faith were beyond compare and the grace with which she faced her disease as a young woman was an inspiration to all who knew her. Our hearts are heavy and we wish her family our love. We know their faith will carry them on as will the peace of knowing that there is a loving, caring, adoring, young angel watching over them from high above. We love you Jessie.

Here are a couple of posts from last year related to Jessie
MARCH 20th 2007
He has a girlfriend, Jessie. She and her family are here from NC for treatment. (www.caringbridge.org, click on "visit a website," type in jessiegarren...with no space between the first and last name. Jessie and Liam made an instant connection when they met when they were both in patient. Now both are undergoing out patient treatment. We love Jessie. Liam loves to hold Jessie's brother's hand. Whenever Liam sees Jessie's brother, he insists that he holds his hand and participate in whatever activity he's doing. Last week they watched the movie "Cars" together.
MARCH 14th 2007
Liam has a friend name Jesse who I will guess is about 15 years old. She is a sweet young girl with beautiful red hair who like Liam seems too young and too cute to be so ill. She made Liam several gifts today, one being a star that states “Liam is a Super Star”. Jesse is fighting cancer as well and has been in a great amount of pain but today she found the strength to reach out to our dear 2 year old son who in turn rewarded her with one of his coveted popsicles. I think Liam and I will make Jesse a glitter card tomorrow to cheer her up even though I have a major aversion to glitter.