There is news over at the Katie Gerstenberger Endowment blog and Katie's Comforters Guild's blog (the same news in both places).
Seattle Children's Hospital is gearing up for September's Childhood Cancer Awareness month with a group of Guilds that support cancer research. A new group has been formed to prepare for September - you can read about it on either (or both) blogs!
Gregg, David and I are going to visit Camp Goodtimes West soon, and we will help out a bit with the first session. We are going to scatter Katie's ashes in Puget Sound (at camp), in accordance with her specific request (we will do this privately, before any campers arrive). If you are a praying person, I invite you to pray with us.
When we scattered some of Katie's ashes at the family home last August, it was incredibly painful. The horror of the feelings I experienced, after placing that biodegradable box filled with her ashes in the water, sent me back to the funeral home to have them re-package the rest of her ashes. Now, I have some to keep, and we will still be able to scatter most of them according to her wishes. When I write this, it sounds a bit crazy to me, but those of you who have walked this path will know exactly what I mean.
We are dreading this "letting go" of another part of Katie's earthly body - but knowing that it is what she wanted, we will carry out her wishes, and our promise. It's just hard to do. Every time I think of it, my guts lurch. I would deeply appreciate any prayers you might like to pray with us.