Hi, this is Cindy, Clare's Mom. There are no words to tell you and Jon how sorry we are that Abby is no longer smiling and crossing her eyes for us. While we are glad that Abby is finally no longer suffering, we will miss her. We keep your family in our prayers; I cannot imagine your heartache. If there is anything we can do, please let me know!
Clare was distraught when I told her of Abby's passing. We were hoping to visit you in July, but, after we returned from Texas, Clare was immediately admitted for her chemo infusions. Two days after her discharge, her oral chemo levels were so elevated that we were back in the hospital. She ended up in the ER and being hospitalized three weeks in a row due to dehydration from the toxic chemo levels. (They think they're getting it under control, and we are so ready for it to be under control!) We are now looking for an opportunity to come visit you and give you the hugs we wanted to share with you in late July.
Abby is always in our hearts, and we talk about her all the time. This past Monday, Clare was interviewed for KSDK's Show Me St. Louis' television show. As she mentioned Abby in the video, I'm passing along the link to the interview: http://www.ksdk.com/news/
article/272005/78/Pedal-the- Cause. (Children's Hospital selected Clare as an honoree this year for the Pedal the Cause fundraiser. Their team is SLCH Team Clare! She's even on their website now: http://www.stlouischildrens. org/content/pedalthecause.htm and http://www. stlouischildrens.org/content/ ClaresVictoryDance.htm.)
We're off to the clinic to see if her counts are up enough for her last chemo infusion admission. I'll get in touch with you to coordinate a good time for us to come down to see your family.
You're always in our hearts...
Jon and Maegan wanted to share this letter with you. Clare and her family have been good friends to them. Please remember to pray for Clare and all the other children who are fighting cancer.