Monday, October 20, 2008

Virtual Friends are Real Ones Too!

I debated through several titles before posting this one - mainly so that I didn't alarm anyone with more, well, alarming titles.

I read and post on several online message boards. After a while, you come to know the people on these boards almost as well as you do your "in person" friends. One of these message boards that I frequent is based on scrapbooking, a hobby that many of us love. I have driven to several different states to meet in person some of the people that I have "met" online in that community.

Today, we mourn with a member of that online community. I never met Donnann in person but knew of her through our message board. Last week, she took her 5-year-old son Danny to the Emergency Room after he had woken up unable to stand or walk. The couple of weeks before, she had been asking for advice because he had stopped eating, was getting sick, and losing weight.

She walked into the ER with a sick child and walked out with empty arms.

The doctors found a 4cm tumor on his brain stem and attempted to remove it through surgery. Danny never came out of his coma and died.

No mother should ever have to bury her child.

Donnann and her family went from planning trips to the park to planning his funeral.

No mother should ever have to bury her child.

Danny gave the gift of life to 4 other people with donated organs. Today they celebrated his life and mourned his death.

Danny loved the movie Cars and Lightning McQueen. All around the world, online friends of Donnann's family released Red Balloons in honor of Danny who left the world too early.

No mother should ever have to bury her child.

Make sure you hug your own children a little tighter tonight!

1 comment:

Jacque said...

We all hope our tears of sorrow join yours to mark an easy path for this innocent to join all the sweet baby angels in Heaven. We grieve with this mother and family left behind.