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December 05, 2001 at 01:53 PM (CST)
To every thing there is a season...
We just learned that Catie's dear friend Kevin has joined her in heaven. You
never know that hearts can break again and again. This boy was incredible and
the bond between the two was something to behold. Kevin wanted to take the
escalator to heaven, because that was what Catie did. I imagine them having
a great reunion while the rest of miss them like crazy.
We will do our best to honor both of their wishes and not cry too much. We
will never know what the world has lost - what the future would have brought
for these two precious children, and all the other kids who have fought this
Lynn has asked that in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Catie
Hoch Foundation or the Berkshire Country Day School Library Fund. You can send
donations to the funeral home - Devanny Condron, 40 Maplewood Avenue, Pittsfield,
MA 01201 or for those donating to Catie's just send it to us.
Larry and I would like to wish you a peaceful holiday season. We are getting
ready for Christmas and plan to cut down our tree on Sunday.
The boys are keeping us very busy with soccer, basketball and Tai Kwon Do.
Johnny is enjoying First Grade and Robby is loving Mrs. Flanagan in Third.
I wanted to let you know that I will be carrying the Olympic Torch on Sunday,
December 30th at 9:00 a.m. in Saratoga (between the Kaydeross sign and the
Thoroughbred Motel.) I am very honored to do so.
Thank you for thinking of us and for remembering Catie and Kevin.
Wednesday, October 03, 2001 at 10:29 AM (CDT)
The Catiebug was amazing. This year's race was dedicated to Ben
Durant. Ben was a school mate of Catie's. He died from neuroblastoma
on September 19th. We felt we had Ben and Catie watching over
We had perfect weather and a great turnout. Over 420 people participated in
the runs. It was so touching to see all the kids in their ladybug shirts running
We raised over $30,000!!! There was pizza, soda, juice, water, goody bags,
medals and awesome desserts by J&S Watkins. What a day!
Thank you to all of our sponsors and all of the wonderful volunteers who helped
make this possible. I have the best race committee in the world.
p.s. We are going to try to post pictures on the catiehochfoundation.org web
site. Check it out!
September 23, 2001 at 06:33 PM (CDT)
The second annual Catiebug for a Cure is Saturday, September
29th. All seems to be going as planned and we are hoping for
Ben Durant, a boy from Chango, recently lost his 9 year battle with neuroblastoma.
He fought a long, hard battle, as did his parents. We were so saddened to learn
of his passing, and we want to honor his memory. So the Catiebug 2001 is being
dedicated to Ben. We hope all of you can be here.
Thank you for all of your support. The Catie Hoch Foundation continues to grow
August 23, 2001 at 09:58 AM (CDT)
The summer is winding down and it has been a busy one. Johnny
is staying with my brother Tony right now and Larry and I are
going to Williamstown, MA for an overnight vacation. Robby gets
to stay with friends and cousins.
Things are moving along rapidly. The David Cassidy Day at the Races was a huge
success and so much fun. We will probably receive about $15,000 from the event.
The Catiebug for a Cure is being held on Saturday, September 29th in Clifton
Park. We hope you all can make it. To download a registration form go to catiehochfoundation.org
Thanks for your continued support.
Thursday, June 21, 2001 at 10:14 AM (CDT)
We are finishing up another school year. The boys had great years
As I posted above. We have several upcoming events. The David Cassidy/Kidscharities.org
Day at the Races on August 4th should be awesome.
Then we have the Pigskin Parlow Bowling event on August 12th. That should be
And our biggest event is the CATIEBUG FOR A CURE 5K AND FUN RUN. Please mark
your calendars - September 29th is the date.
Also, we are making changes and will have a new website up and running soon.
The address is catiehochfoundation.org and you can e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Check it out.
June 05, 2001 at 01:22 PM (CDT)
Miss Catiebug's Tea Party was a huge success. Thank you for all
of your support. Over 160 people attended and we raised over
More news... The Pigskin Parlor (a football/family organization) is hosting
a bowling day at the Clifton Park Bowl. And they have selected Catie's Foundation
to be a recipient of some of the proceeds. It is being held on August 12th.
For more information, go to the link below. Hope to see you there!
We are part of a big gala event at the Saratoga Race Track on August 4th. David
Cassidy's Kidscharities.org is hosting a Day at the Races and the Catie Hoch
Foundation has been selected as one of three recipients. Tickets are $150 per
person, which includes a wonderful buffet and open bar. There will be great
raffle and auction items. We are very pleased to be a part of this event.
Thank you all again.
April 23, 2001 at 03:43 PM (CDT)
Dear Friends and Family,
As we approach the one year anniversary, I still find it hard
to believe that Catie is not here. Life will never be the same.
As I try to make sense of each day, I cherish my time with the boys. But with
each new event, I think that it is something else that she has missed. Thank
goodness that Robby and Johnny keep me busy - they are such joys (when they're
not fighting with each other!)
Catie's Foundation is one thing that keeps me going. We have already done so
much good, with much more in the works. The race is starting to shape up. So
I have some favors to ask of you -
-if you think your business would like to be a race sponsor, please let me
know and I will send out a letter.
-if you would like to donate through the United Way at work, you can designate
the Catie Hoch Foundation. We now have official 501(c)(3) status with the IRS.
Just give them the name and my phone number.
My goal this year is to fund a fellow position at the hospital to help out
the neuroblastoma team. This costs about $70,000 per year, but it would help
so many of these kids. So every penny counts.
I know that money can't buy happiness, but I do know how much Catie wanted
to help other kids - and her foundation is doing that. Thank you for all of
your continued support.
Please keep on checking the Foundation web page and the Times Union page for
information on the upcoming events.
Your thoughts and kindness give me strength to keep on going.
p.s. If you are planning on attending the Miss Catiebug's Tea Party, please
purchase your tickets as soon as possible. The tickets will not be sold at
the door. I'm looking forward to seeing you there.
March 31, 2001 at 11:20 AM (CST)
Today is the last day of March and it has been
a rough month. Spring just doesn't want to arrive, and the weather
has matched my mood. But the other day, during a particularly grumpy
period, I got a phone call from someone at GE out in Pittsfield.
I've already starting sending sponsor letters out for the Catiebug
for the Cure 2001. After chatting with him for a while and explaining
the purpose of the Foundation, he told me that GE is on board for
as a Corporate Underwriter for the Catiebug for a Cure . I was
speechless. He knows Paul and Lynn - Kevin Hirt's parents, and
he heard about Catie through mutual friends. After I hung up the
phone I just sat there and cried.
Since the first year was so successful, I feel that we have to beat the $27,000
that we raised last year. And between AXA - already on board as a platinum
sponsor, and GE - we are on our way.
Please check out the Foundation web site and the Times Union web site. The
TU site gives more information about the events and I've added a few new pages.
Thank you for your continued support. It means so much to all of us.
March 14, 2001 at 06:24 PM (CST)
It was ten years ago yesterday that we had
our beautiful Catie. We had mass said in her memory at Corpus Christi.
Many of our friends were there and Lynne found a ladybug crawling
around in church. We then had coffee and coffee cakes. In the afternoon
our friends came over and we signed messages on balloons. About
6:00 we released them and it was quite an awesome sight. The kids
found a ladybug in the basement while they were playing and I found
one crawling all over my toothbrush last night. I feel like she
was there with us.
Thank you all for the cards, gifts and flowers. It makes me feel good to know
that she is remembered.
February 19, 2001 at 01:59 PM (CST)
Today was the Catiebug Bowl and we had a great
time. The Foundation raised over $2,000. About 300 people attended
and more than 400 games were bowled. Thank you.
The Shenedehowa National Honor Society was a huge help. They sold food, t-shirts,
painted faces, cleaned up and in general helped all over the place. We really
appreciate their support.
Clifton Park Bowl was incredible. Please support their business.
Since the nine month mark was yesterday, it was fitting that today be a Catie
day. I miss her so much, but her light still shines on us.
Thank you all for continuing to be there for us.
Mark your calendars. It looks like the next event will be a TEA PARTY on Sunday,
June 3rd. We will be raffling off lots of prizes and it should be a lot of
If any local people have old teacups, saucers and/or lunch plates that you
would like to get rid of, let me know. I am trying to gather a bunch for the
Tuesday, March 13th is Catie's birthday. A mass will be said at 9:00 a.m. at
Corpus Christi in her memory. From 3:00 - 5:30, anyone wishing to can come
to our house and sign a message on a balloon for Catie. We will release them
Monday, February 05, 2001 at 10:21 AM (CST)
It is a snow day today and we have been working on valentines.
I can't help but remember last year, when Catie was so intent
on making it to Valentine's Day. We made ladybug candies and
wrote out cards. When word got out, our house was wallpapered
This is yet another holiday that we will have to get through without her. Although
her presence will always be in our hearts.
As you may know, we are planning the Catiebug Bowl for Monday, February 19th.
It is President's Day so we hope many families will join us. It is at the Clifton
Park Bowl and the cost is $5 per game. Shoe rental is free and we will be selling
These events help keep Catie's memory alive. The Foundation is doing well,
and it pleases us to see the good it is doing. Families are surprised when
they receive Catie's "fun money" and they are grateful for the help with the
Ronald McDonald House.
Thank you for your continued support.
January 05, 2001 at 04:50 PM (CST)
The new year is upon us and with it is the
knowledge that Catie is gone. Her spirit, however, continues to
inspire all of us.
Whenever we see a ladybug or hear from people how they were touched by her,
we know just how special she is. Her presence continues to be felt.
Thank you all for the cards, pictures and letters. We loved hearing from you.
I didn't send out cards this year because I just couldn't. Maybe next year.
Thank you to all of you who contributed to the Foundation. It is growing and
we have hopes and plans that it will continue to grow.
We hope the new year brings you peace and joy. Please keep on signing the guestbook.
Your words mean a lot to us.