Loss of a Hero
When Carylanne was 4 she began to love Steve and animals. Her dream was to meet him someday. Well when she was diagnosed she told the nurse her dream. Her nurse came in the next day with actual pictures from the Australia Zoo that her sister had taken on a trip there. The sister gladly gave some to Carylanne. After Carylanne went home we went through a horribly rough time. She was sad and angry. She would run and hide from us. She would call me evil because I gave her shots and hurt her fingers and our hearts broke for her. She grew to learn that I gave her shots out of love but in those months my heart was broken along with hers. Well a woman who had an organization to help children with chronic illnesses saw Carylanne's page on Children with Diabetes. The page stated her love for Steve. Nikki wrote to him on Carylanne's behalf. Soon an autograph picture and zoo magazine were sent to her. She cherished that picture and stilll hung onto her dream of meeting him. He gave her smiles and happiness and helped her heart heal. He brought us all together. We all shared in watching his shows and enjoying his message to the world.
Well over these years we have still talked about going there someday. But with circumstances the way they turned out, of course we couldn't begin to save for that yet. BUt I always thought we had plenty of time. We would take her in a few more years. Our time ran out today and my heart breaks for her again. Her dream is gone. She says she understands why we never got to go but in her eyes I see the little girl she was 4 years ago. I always wanted to tell him that story and let him know how much he has meant to her.
I will miss all he taught the girls. I feel so deeply saddened at the thought of his children and wife. He was a gift to all animals from God. And a gift to Carylanne to give her hope and a dream and a plan for her future. Because she wanted to work with animals. Well she feels that urge more now today because she wants to remember her hero always.
Thank you Steve. Rest in Peace......