Girl with leukemia dies: Goodbye, 'Courageous Caitie'
MANILA, Philippines – Three-year-old Caitlin Soleil Lucas, known to many as Courageous Caitie, passed away on Thursday, March 31.
Caitlin, or Caitie, who was confined at the National University Hospital in Singapore, suffered from juvenile myelomonocytic leukemia (JMML), a rare cancer of the blood affecting infants and toddlers.
Her parents, Feliz and Jayjay, posted the news of her death on the Courageous Caitie Facebook page.
Caitie's well-wishers sent words of support and sympathy through the post.
Hours before her death, posts on the Facebook page said she had been having trouble breathing, and her family called for prayers.
The Lucas family's last photo together showed Caitie "with eyes open and smiling despite running after her (breath)."
Her family later bid her farewell, saying "You were awesome my daughter."
The Courageous Caitie page was initially set up to update well-wishers. It later turned into a way for people to offer their support to the family. (READ: Girl with leukemia gives family hope)
Information on fundraising efforts were constantly posted online. Over time, the page became a way for people to see how the Lucas family was coping, with many saying the family's journey inspired them.
One netizen, Rhea De Vera-Aguirre wrote: "Caitie is our hero. Please know there are so many of us praying for her and your family every day." – Rappler.com