Last Saturday, Maria passed away in the privacy of her own home, surrounding by her parents, brother, and aunt.
I apologize for the lateness of this post, but this week has been very hectic and emotional. Some parts of me can’t seem to accept the fact that she’s really gone, and other’s have already registered and processed that she lived an amazing 16 years.
Both the wake and the funeral were beautiful services. Many MANY people showed up to honor her memory, which I wish I could tell her, but I’m sure she saw.
It struck me on Wednesday that this doesn’t just happen to us. It happens to SO many people. Childhood cancer is a beast. It takes before anyone has the chance to give.
In fact, all cancers are beasts. And it amazes me that no one has found a cure yet. I’m sure research is being done, but is it really enough to just load someone up with chemotherapy and cross fingers?
Which is why, in the name of Maria Kutyla, we plan on continuing this charity. A friend of Maria’s father (who by the way is one of the most amazing people I’ve ever met as well as her mother), told us that we have to continue her smile, her laugh, and extend it to the world. Which is exactly what we plan on doing.
The outpour of support has been extraordinary. Her family appreciates it, and I know that somewhere up there, Maria appreciates it.
I no longer pray to God, I pray to Maria.
Miracle for Maria Kutyla is in quite a bit of newspapers! Check some out in this archive of articles!