Speechless

Last week I posted about Cole. I told only the smallest piece of his story and asked what I thought was a large favor.

You responded in ways that, quite honestly, boggle my mind.

Over 43,000 page views, 2,157 cards, 1700 emails, 220 comments, countless shares and one very special message from Spongebob himself.

The amount of love and support you’ve shown to Cole and my family can’t be measured.

It pains me to say that Cole was unable to thoroughly enjoy his birthday, most of the day it was a struggle to simply keep him comfortable. That evening, however, he had an hour or so of alertness and awareness in which he was able to laugh and enjoy some of his gifts.

Caleb and Dawn (Cole’s parents) wanted to make sure that everyone knows just how touched they were and still are at the outpouring of love for Cole.

I wish I could personally thank each an every one of you and I hope that someday should any of you need it, I will be able to pay it forward.

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  1. I love you jenny jenni enni xoxoxo.

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    on January 11th, 2012 at 11:52 pm
  2. Sweetness!

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    on January 11th, 2012 at 11:59 pm
  3. Well said Jen! It’s so nice to see people all being so generous and loving!

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    on January 12th, 2012 at 12:01 am
  4. We were so glad to participate. Big love to you, hon. Xoxo

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    on January 12th, 2012 at 12:06 am
  5. I’ve been so touched by people’s responses. Anytime someone complains about social networking being the downfall of society, I’ll tell them about this beautiful experience.

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    on January 12th, 2012 at 2:12 am
  6. That is amazing. He’s in my thoughts and prayers, all the time. xo

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    on January 12th, 2012 at 5:29 am
  7. Pure joy…. I love this, my friend. What an angel you are to this sweet boy! Xo

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    on January 12th, 2012 at 6:48 am
  8. It takes a special boy with a very special aunt to get that many people to respond. We love you both.

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    on January 12th, 2012 at 8:43 am
  9. So glad! They’re sure lucky to have such a great aunt. :) Big hugs to Cole and his family!

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    on January 12th, 2012 at 8:58 am
  10. Thank you for the update on Cole. I’m sorry he wasn’t feeling well enough that day to play much or explore all the well-wishes everyone sent. The celebration will just have to be extended; he can have ‘birthday hour’ everyday!
    Continuing to send prayers and love. ♥

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    on January 12th, 2012 at 9:36 am
  11. I’m glad that he was able to enjoy a little bit of his birthday. Thinking of him and his family.

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    on January 12th, 2012 at 10:08 am
  12. Thank you for letting us all be a part of it.

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    on January 12th, 2012 at 4:54 pm
  13. Im so glad it generated such a wonderful public response. Sending warm wishes to Cole and all his loved ones xxxx

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    on January 12th, 2012 at 5:31 pm
  14. *Tears* The power of kindness and compassion is still alive. I’m keeping them all in my prayers and you too. Hugs. xxx

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    on January 12th, 2012 at 6:19 pm
  15. You don’t know me, or my family, or my coworkers, or my friends.

    But when we read Cole’s story, we had to act.

    Many wishes for more hours of alertness where he is able to enjoy his cards and gifts, and realize how very much he is loved… even by strangers. Thank you for allowing us to take part.

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    on January 13th, 2012 at 1:53 pm
  16. Thank you for the opportunity to send your family some love! I had a blast picking out cards for Cole and his brother, and even got to tell Caden about how it was for me to grow up, the big sister to a little sibling with an illness. It was really a pleasure.

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    on January 13th, 2012 at 3:05 pm
  17. Thankyou for opening up your family at such a sensitive tender time and letting us be apart of it. Its amazing to know that such a little thing as a card can brighten a boys day.he deserves the Moon & back!

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    on January 13th, 2012 at 6:54 pm
  18. Yes, thanks for an update.

    My goodness what a response!!

    We will always follow his story and pray for him always.
    May God comfort you ALL in some way through this.

    Hope he liked his soft Koala bear :)

    Ps. Jen it might help to post this link to the other page as I didn’t know this page existed! I know I have been going to the old page all this week x

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    on January 14th, 2012 at 3:17 pm
  19. Your a wonderful Aunty – I am thankful I got to participate just a little bit in such a beautiful little boys birthday – much love to Cole and his family, thankyou for sharing with us XOX

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    on January 15th, 2012 at 1:50 am
  20. I never got a chance to send a card but I wanted to send a belated message to the sweet birthday boy. I am so happy he was able to feel the love on his birthday and wanted to let him know I am praying for him in Pennsylvania and that I think it is so cool Spongebob sent him a birthday message. Happy Belated Birthday Cole!

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    on January 16th, 2012 at 2:00 pm
  21. [...] Speechless [...]

    on January 17th, 2012 at 8:19 pm
  22. Hi there,
    I am so so sorry for your loss. I was at Dance Marathon this year and when Cole’s family got up on the stage, the whole room had tears. I’m not sure if I’ve ever cried over someone I’ve never met before, but I did multiple times at DM. I was just wondering, if you would be willing to post the video of Cole singing? I think that video touched so many people and could touch even more!
    You are all so brave, I’m happy to come across your page with memories of him.

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    on February 6th, 2012 at 5:09 am

 

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