April 21, 2012 - Day 26
By definition it's a word used to tell someone that you are grateful for something they have said or done. Grateful doesn't begin to describe how Rich & I feel, but for lack of a better word Rich & I want to THANK YOU, from the bottom of our hearts, we thank you!
I am a bit behind on my thank you notes. I someday plan to personally thank each and every one of you! Until then I hope this post will convey how truly appreciative Rich, John, Isabella & I are for your kindness!
Thank you for the prayers. I absolutely believe in the power of prayer! I am in awe at the amount of prayers that are said on John’s behalf from individuals, entire congregations, Carmelite Sisters, prayer groups and prayer lists around the country! The crosses, prayer cards, icons and holy oils are also incredibly special! Thank you for praying for John’s healing!
Thank you for the friendship. A wonderful friend sent me the following … John 10:11 Good Shepherds are willing to lay down their lives for their sheep. We offer consolation and comfort, especially in moments of crisis, when we say: "Do not be afraid, I know what you are living and I am living it with you. You are not alone." I look at the email often and I thank God for our amazing friends. Thank you for offering us comfort and being here for us every hour of every day! We know we are not alone and we thank you!
Thank you to all of the people who made it possible for John to be treated at St Jude. So many of you worked together to make arrangements for John to receive immediate treatment at St. Jude. We are blessed to be here!
Thank you Dr. Pui, Miss Martha May and the many other doctors, nurses and researchers who treat John and make miracles happen at St. Jude.
Thank you to all the people who helped transport John to St. Jude. Tuesday, March 27th, was a frenzy of events but thanks to the compassion and generosity of many we safely arrived at St. Jude. Thank you for the plane, the fuel, the pilots who safely delivered our precious cargo to Memphis and the car service that drove us to the doorsteps of St. Jude. It is a day that I will never forget!
Thank you Ronald McDonald House for providing us a home away from home.
Thank you for helping take care of Isabella; caring for her at our home in Charlotte, driving her to and from school, taking her out to dinner, taking her out for fun and laughs, providing her friendship and giving her the hugs that we wish we were there to give her!
Thank you for the abundance of food :). I am so grateful for all of the yummy treats you all have delivered to the house in Charlotte. I’ve been told that there have been some delicious home cooked meals and tasty desserts dropped off! The pantry was even stocked! We’ve had some beautiful treats sent to us in Memphis as well; snack baskets, fruit baskets, cupcakes, gift cards to local restaurants and Starbucks gift cards!
Thank you for taking care of our home. So many of you have banded together to mow our lawn, get our mail, take in and out our garbage, clean our home and do laundry!
Thank you for bringing our car to Memphis!
Thank you for the amazing care packages you have sent John! They always bring a smile to his beautiful face :). They are filled with love! He has enjoyed the Legos, games, awesome soccer gear, sports equipment, yummy candy, Wii games, DVDs, iTunes gift cards, books & special hats!
Thank you for the mohawks and shaved heads! John enjoyed his mohawk and I hope you all enjoy yours too. He loves the support! John has lost about 50% of his hair this week so we shaved it down so he wasn’t so “patchy”. Rich joined him and they both look cute! I’m losing hair by the handfuls so I think I’ll be joining them soon (not so cute).
Thank you to our CPS family. We are proud to be part of such a special community of caring people! You all have made John feel incredibly special. The care packages, cards, emails, posts, voice messages, videos and shaved heads lift his spirit! You’ve helped him stay connected and have reassured him that he has not been forgotten! He WILL walk the halls of CPS again!
Thank you to our CSA family. John dreams of the day he will be back on the soccer field. He will be back in that goal box someday and he’ll be better than ever! Thank you Coach Erik and Copa Select for supporting John! He was amazed when he saw the pictures of his teammate’s uniforms with the #19 orange patches! WOW! The buzz cuts are super cool too! Thank you coaches and staff for sending inspiring messages to John! Thank you to all the kids at CSA! We have gotten so many cards, posts and care packages from soccer buddies. You kids are awesome and your parents should be proud! I can’t wait to give you all a big hug :).
Thank you to our TradeKing family. Thank you for creating the website, johnjhagen.com, that has been a key communication tool for friends and family! The outpouring of support from all of you is astonishing! Thank you for the prayers, posts, emails, texts, care packages and the mohawks :). Most importantly, thank you for making it possible for Rich to be here with John in Memphis!
Thank you for the posts. John loves to read the posts! It brings a smile to his face to know that family and friends are thinking about him. Thank you for the words of encouragement, the jokes and the friendship!
Thank you for the Tweets. Twitter has been a fun way for John to post quick little messages. Following the RTs and friend's Tweets are fun! He even got a T-Shirt from someone at Twitter who is following his journey at St. Jude. Very cool!
Thank you for the cards. He has had some great giggles from some of the cards he’s received in the mail. Thank you for putting a smile on his face :)!
Thank you for the emails. I check my email first thing every morning and so many of you send such beautiful words of encouragement. It’s a great start to the day.
Thank you for the texts. We love the inspiration, words of encouragement, pictures and videos sent via text!
Thank you for voice messages. We aren’t always able to pick up the phone or call back but hearing the sound of familiar voices has been wonderful for all of us.
Thank you for the kindness of strangers! I have received hugs (lots of hugs), cards from children, a beautiful hand knit cap and care packages from people that we have never met. It’s Amazing!
Thank you for the sacrifices. Many of you have had to leave your families to help care for Isabella and/or come to Memphis. I know it’s hard on your families and I appreciate the sacrifices you all have made to help us.
Thank you for everything that I have forgotten to mention!
Rich & I love each and every one of you! We will forever be grateful for all that you have done for us.