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Today we celebrated the life of the beautiful Sophia Castro....at a tender 10yrs of age she served her purpose on this earth, ran her race, was found faithful and is now cancer-free. She had a LOT to say....she left her fingerprint on this earth. Her purpose and her message will live on and propagate among those who knew her. Her message of love, forgiveness, courage and strength will live on......in our hearts. Jesus was magnified and glorified...he is a sovereign God with a perfect will....even when it doesn't make sense to our puny little minds....we all thanked him for her life. Natalia took the news quite hard, but held her own at the celebration of life. Better than I expected! It was beautiful...from the words of her parents, family and friends, to the dove and butterfly release! It ended with a breathtaking sunset.... Her last painting was that of her heart....thanking everyone who made a difference in her life....that painting was made into a beautiful thank you card! Our second family, some of St. Joseph's crew of nurses were there and what a joy to see them! Natalia was thrilled to see her old friend Justin, the young man that was undergoing treatment at the same time Natalia did! He sang Our God is mighty to save! What a beautiful tribute in honor of Sophia! How comforting and peaceful to know that this is most definitely NOT a goodbye! That is the peace we have as believers....this is a short life...run your race and run it well....make it count....leave your mark....When we are done with our race, we will live an eternal life....reunited with Jesus and those who left before us......we will see beautiful Sophia again..... Thank you for continuing to lift this family up in prayer. 2 Timothy 4:7-8 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that Day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing. John 16:22 So with you: Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy. John 16:28, 33 I came from the Father and entered the world; now I am leaving the world and going back to the Father.” “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have PEACE. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” Matthew 25:21 His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.' Hebrews 12:1-2 Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.
PLEASE consider taking part of this very important campaign. Here's the link to the printable sign....or you may make your own. Www.tinyurl.com/ncimorethan4 We simply want NCI to realize that current federal funding for childhood cancer is too low.......and they need to do more than 4%. We need to get rid of outdated treatments with long term effects.......united we can take a stand! Thank you all for your support! #MoreThan4
Natalia accidentally fell yesterday at the therapist's office. It happened very quickly, as she was walking out, she looked back to get something and down she went....... She is fine, thank God, physically she is fine....but her war wounds from her cancer journey are wide open, bleeding, and still hurting TODAY. She broke down and said that she did not want doctors, hospitals, needles, medicines....please momma, don't take me to the emergency room. I'm tired of doctors, scans, emergency rooms, hospitals, needles, medicines.....please don't take me....PLEASE! She pleaded with me.... The therapist said......mom, she's tired. Watching in the sidelines as my little girl is violently stripped of her childhood. Trading it for weekly hospitalizations, toxic medicines, ports, emergency room visits, anesthesia, surgeries, being poked and prodded, REAL physical pain, scans.....she was thrust head first into the cancer world. A world that NO CHILD should have to endure. It is beyond unfathomable. She was made to grow up.......FAST....NOW. As a mom, you wish you could take it for them.... from the first devastating sign that the chemo was working, causing the hair on her head to become opaque and brittle....and the shocking reality that her beautiful long head of hair was dead....causing endless nights of weeping....even now. I have had to watch painfully all the different stages that encompass this childhood cancer world....and some days it is totally unbearable.... Gone are the days in which she ran free, doing cartwheels as she pleased. Days she wishes, to this day, that she could come back to. She just wants to be a normal kid. As harsh as the reality of childhood cancer is, the GOD we serve is BIGGER. He has us in the palms of his hands....even through all of the tears and pain. Some days it is too much to handle, I just have to shift my focus to the one who CAN handle this....Jesus Christ. THROUGH HIM....I CAN. I CAN'T.....BUT HE CAN. NATALIA CAN'T....BUT JESUS CAN. He has already set aside my daily provision of strength. WHAT WOULD WE HAVE DONE WITHOUT HIM? We would have perished. We would have sank. Our HOPE is in The Lord.... Philippians 4:13 I CAN DO ALL THINGS through Christ who strengthens me. Isaiah 40:29 He gives power to the weak, And to those who have NO might He increases strength. 2 Corinthians 12:9 And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. I want to thank everyone that has supported us through our journey....THANK YOU, your support means the world to us!
Welcome to the Natalia support family! This site is for family and friends, old and new, to organize our efforts to support this extraordinary person. This page will serve as your home base for rallying the troops, receiving updates , and raising dearly needed funds to support Natalia . Here's the plan:
Your First Step: Please take 30 seconds to click on the "Follow" button on the top right of this page. This will allow you to receive updates, read journal entries, make donations, share Natalia ’s story on social media, and help the family with week-to-week calendaring needs. Though not mandatory to follow Natalia ’s page, we encourage you to easily create an account with your name and email in order to be able to post photos, leave comments and sign up as a helping hand on the Calendar page. Feel free to upload a photo of yourself to your profile so we can get to know and recognize others on Natalia ’s support team. After clicking “Follow” above, read on to learn more about what you can do to help.
Journal: This tab is where you can read the latest entries posted for Natalia and our support team. You may see additional authors writing updates here to help alleviate pressure for Natalia and expedite information sharing. Each post is followed by a photo and name of the author of the entry. You can reply with supportive comments to any journal entry, or click on the name of its author to send a private message.
Posts: This is where you can leave an encouraging message for Natalia and family, and to read thoughts left by others! If you have something pressing you'd like suggest that everyone sees (e.g. a fundraiser or upcoming event you're spearheading), please don't hesitate to contact us via private message so we can consider sharing it more widely in the Journal sections. There will undoubtedly be many coordinated efforts and events ahead, and we want to make certain they’re organized and publicized through this site to help drive the greatest possible impact.
Calendar: Please see this important section to learn what the family needs NOW. This will be an especially helpful section for locals in close proximity to Natalia . This is an up-to-date calendar which will list the family's immediate needs such as child-care, rides, and meals to help most in the short term. If you see a need posted and can fill it, please sign up through the calendar page directly (i.e. not through private communication) to let us and others know that you've committed to that need. Please check back often to help out with the most recently posted needs!
Donations: The very most impactful way to help Natalia ’s is to make a direct donation right now. After insurance participation, bills and related costs are expected to reach several thousand dollars. This fund will be used at the sole discretion of Natalia and family to help manage all related expenses, and will give them the flexibility to take time off work as needed to directly support Natalia ’s. Donations can be made securely using credit or debit card for any amount. PostHope.org generously makes these donations free of any fees. All donations, large and small, come with the eternal gratitude. Thank you for your generosity in considering what amount you are personally able to give.
Perhaps more importantly, you will also find the tools to share your donation and Natalia ’s story with friends and family via Facebook and social media. After donating, please click the social media buttons to share far, wide, publicly and OFTEN! We believe that many kind strangers online will feel moved by Natalia ’s journey.
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Don’t Forget! If you haven’t done so already, please click “Follow” on the top right. It’s your very next step to showing your support!