Example: [Collected via e-mail, December 2008]
Chris died when Hannah was three.
Hannah is almost five, and this breaks my heart all over again, but In October, Hannah has been diagnosed with glioblastoma multiforme, a rare and incurable brain tumor. She was given about
Right now she has lost most of her motor skills. She is confined to bed And cannot really do anything or play with the gifts she is getting from people, but she LOVES getting cards - she has gotten so many from people she does not know and just loves to have grandma read about the people who send them and see their pictures and is so proud of all her cards. Her room is just filled with cards.
When asked what she wants for Christmas she said she wants to see how Many Christmas cards she can get. Many people have passed this wish along to their churches, prayer groups, friends and family. There are school groups where children are making her cards. People are including pictures so she can see who it is that is sending her the card.
If you would like to help with her wish, please send her a card at:
704 Orchard Rd
Lititz, PA 17543
THANKS! Feel free to pass this along to your own prayer group, church, school, etc. Let's see if we can have the cards coming in big postal bags for her this Christmas, since it will be her last holiday.
Please pray for her family. Her older brother & sister watched their mom go through this just two short years ago, and now they are watching their baby sister.
P.S. You can also send my email to anyone you forward this to, if they have questions. firstname.lastname@example.org
Read more about Hannah, see pics, & stay updated on her progress at http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/hannahgarman
Origins: The CaringBridge entry established for Hannah Garman notes that:
That wish went out in an e-mail late last week. Her family believes it was sent by someone who knows them but they are not sure.
It would be an understatement
Within days, cards began trickling into the Lititz home of her grandparents, who are helping to care for her. The trickle became a stream, then a torrent, then a flood of hundreds of cards from all over the world, as the
School children made cards. Churches sent them. Families and kids and everybody and his brother, from Canada to Mexico to Singapore, has gotten in on the action.
Despite three surgeries and other treatments at Johns Hopkins and Hershey medical centers and plans to begin chemotherapy and radiation treatments later this month, the Garmans are measuring Hannah's remaining time in weeks.
And they want to make sure those weeks are good ones.
"Three or four days ago, her spirits were very low," Mrs. Garman said. "But now she's happy and smiling. She's been like a changed girl through all of this. But some of it's coming back.
"She's just a sweetheart."
Opening Christmas cards is "one thing she can do," Mrs. Garman said. "She's a little stronger, and she's ripping them open herself. She loves looking at the pictures, and we read every card to her."
|Hannah Garman Event (WGAL-TV)|
|Lancaster County Grants Hannah's Wish (WGAL-TV)|
di Fonzo, Carla. "Cards Brighten Girl's Christmas." Lancaster Intelligencer Journal. 19 December 2008. Knapp, Tom. "Ill Child Has Christmas Wish — Cards, and Plenty of Them." Lancaster Intelligencer Journal. 18 December 2008. Stauffer, Cindy. "Hannah's Wish." Lancaster New Era. 19 December 2008. WGAL-TV. "Dying Wish of 4-Year-Old Girl." 18 December 2008.