We are absolutely overwhelmed (OVERWHELMED!) by the amazing outpouring of love we witnessed yesterday! There is nothing we can possibly say to describe how much it meant to us to see everyone that was able to participate in our celebration of Drew yesterday. I don't think we have ever felt the depth of emotions and witnessed so much love in one place! We could never say thank you enough to everyone who attended, or to those who supported us from a distance yesterday. Jordan and I were so surrounded in peace yesterday - I wasn't sure how the day would proceed but never once were we overwhelmed by grief. We were however overwhelmed by an amazing awareness of God's goodness and a contentment that Drew is so much better now. Oh, my heart will ache and does even at this moment, but I know we will never be apart from the love of God, and that in spite of time and distance, Drew will always be a special part of our lives.
We have to say thank you to everyone who came out yesterday - "thank you" feels inadequate. As unaware of it as we were at the time, we later realized some had waited in line to express their care and concern for over an hour! How could people care this much? We will never forget that, and again, there is no way to thank everyone enough. Thank you also to everyone who helped make that day so meaningful. Jason and Nicola, that video that so wonderfully portrayed the joy our little Drew provided was incredible. To everyone who brought food for the reception - each plate represented love and support to us - we could not believe how much was there! Kathy and Melissa - thank you for helping the day run so smoothly - you must have hearts so large to do the job you do. To our immediate families, thank you - we love you so much. You have no idea the difference you have made. To our family and friends that came from out of town, thank you for communicating your love to us this way.
To the nurses and hospital staff - we don't even know where to begin! It makes me cry just thinking about how many of you were there to support us!!! You all are beyond amazing. You do so much more than your "jobs"! If you have made such a difference in our lives, I can only imagine the number of people you must touch. To Melanie and Jane especially, thank you for support. To all the doctors involved over the last couple weeks, we appreciate the role you played in helping Drew and our family. We know you always had Drew's best interest in mind - thank you for working so diligently with us to provide him the best care possible. We especially want to thank Dr. Kirton who was Drew's primary doctor and neurologist. Dr. Kirton went far above and beyond the call of duty - we could not possibly say thank you enough. We will have to find a way to stay in touch with all those who cared for Drew - it feels like a part of our lives is missing without you all around. Thank you.
We mentioned in the last post that if you were interested in making a donation in memory of Drew we would include that information. Please consider: Alberta Children's Hospital : Metabolic Disease Program - Mitochondrial Research. It is and will be our prayer that some answers will be found that can help others.
We will be trying to post the slide show from Drew's memorial service on the blog in the next day or two.