Saturday, September 22, 2012

“We Have All Been Touched”

Author’s Note: We are overwhelmed by the outpouring of support from everyone.  Please check back over the weekend for details on services for Isabella.  In the meantime, please enjoy the following post which I was planning on posting last night.

We heard from Marvin school officials that they really wanted to do something for Pediatric Cancer Awareness month to raise awareness for pediatric cancer and to also honor Isabella in some way (ed. note: They had already planned to do something for Isabella before she passed away.).  To raise awareness, they distributed gold ribbon pins to everyone and they had all the children color a gold ribbon and provide examples of Courage, Caring, Hope, and Love.  This was all part of the “We Have All Been Touched” campaign.

To honor Isabella, the school is selling purple butterflies (Isabella’s favorite color, of course!), which you can customize any way you want and these would then be hung all over the school.  Proceeds from the sale will be donated to help fund research to find a cure for pediatric cancer.

Last night, Marvin had their open house night and it was our first chance to visit the school and we also decided to bring Isabella.  When we got to the school, we were not prepared to see the amazing display of gold ribbons and purple butterflies that decorated the hallways.  I wish we had the time to sit and read every one of the children’s writings because many of them were poignant, insightful, and downright sweet.  Some brought us to tears.

We are forever grateful to the Marvin community which has provided so much support throughout the years.

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  1. Isabel may you rest in peace now.. you were a fighter beyond words.. u have touch so many people with the strength an fight you had within you fight an endless you are among the ANGELS.. Your life will live and story will live for ages..god bless you babygirl...Rip..(Lori Benson)

  2. Rest in peace sweet little angel. May you watch over all that love you and all you have touched. You have been a true inspiration to all. God bless you and your family and give them the strength as you soar high into the heavens.

  3. Rest in peace brave, sweet girl!!! You and your family are inspiration to us all. You are among the angels and providing love and peace to your family!!!! God bless you all.

  4. Rest in peace sweet little girl. You are now one of God's angels watching over all of us. God bless you and your family and give them the strength they need to get thru this difficult time.

  5. Isabella is an amazing inspiration to us all. May god grant your truly amazing parents and family comfort and strength at this difficult time. You are in our thoughts and prayers
    Gayle Harris

  6. Isabella, thank you for the time you spent with us in this world. I'm sure that everyday you smiled, the world smiled because of you...and even when you could not smile, our world was a better place because of you. I pray you rest in peace and watch over us, your family. You touched our lives as only you could, and you will live on through our memories forever <3<3<3.

  7. Could someone with information about Marvin's purple butterfly fundraiser provide details on how the wider community can donate?

    1. perhaps if you contact Marvin Elem School.

  8. Isabella, you had a quiet strength and courage. You have taught us to persevere and never to give up. We will see your spirit in the all of the pretty butterflies that cross our path. Roneil and Julianne, you have inspired so many parents to appreciate every day in every way with our own children. Our heartfelt sympathies to all of the extended Icatar family. Lorraine Busardo & Family


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