by pennifold 16 Dec 2019

Hi Cuties, we had some sad news at church on Sunday. One of our Mainly Music family's (MM is a group of kids from babies to nearly school age children who get together and have fun with music and playing etc) little girl Josephine, died on Saturday. She was only 4. Our church family was shocked, we all knew she was ill with an incurable brain cancer, but it's still a shock when you hear it.

It's heartbreaking, as Josephine's dad is Dr Mat Dun a Medical Doctor in Cancer Researcher and has a PHD and was trying desperately to find a cure for the disease that Josie had.
Josephine had "Diffuse intrinsic pontine gliomas (DIPG) they are highly aggressive and difficult to treat brain tumors found at the base of the brain. They are glial tumors, meaning they arise from the brain's glial tissue—tissue made up of cells that help support and protect the brain's neurons."
Josephine's mother Dr Phoebe Hindley (maiden name) is one of our local Doctor's too and has her practice just at my local Jewells shopping centre. Dr Phoebe is only 34. Phoebe has 2 other little children. I've just been reading up on the disease and all about Mat Dun and his fight for a cure. Apparently there are 19 other Australian children fighting this fatal disease.
Your famous astronaut Neil Armstrong's daughter had the same disease.
This afternoon after buying a beautiful set of FSL wings I sewed them out and will take them down to my Doctor's surgery tomorrow and leave them for Phoebe whenever she returns. I hope she likes them, love Chris


by vickiannette 20 Dec 2019

such a sad time for everyone, family and friends. Your kind gesture and beautiful embroidered Angel wings will tell them how much you care. xx

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pennifold by pennifold 20 Dec 2019

Thanks Vicki, I do so hope so. Love Chris

by jrob Moderator 18 Dec 2019

Chris, I am sure that she will be touched by your generous gesture. How sad a time for them.

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pennifold by pennifold 19 Dec 2019

Hi Jerrilyn, thank you and I've been thinking of them today, it's been over 40C here in Newcastle today. Ghastly smoke everywhere - again! We are all praying for rain, and at last a cool change is coming through. Love Chris

by fbusby1 17 Dec 2019

Just lovely.

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pennifold by pennifold 18 Dec 2019

Thanks, I think so too. Love Chris

by blueeyedblonde 17 Dec 2019

Beautiful wings! She'll love what you have done!

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pennifold by pennifold 18 Dec 2019

Thanks Linda, I do hope so. Love Chris

by noah 16 Dec 2019

with Jesus now and he is holding her and no more cancer Amen

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pennifold by pennifold 18 Dec 2019

Thanks Carolyn, a beautiful image in my mind, love Chris

by sewtired 16 Dec 2019

The loss of a child is always such heart breaking news. My prayers for all those whose lives she touched. The wings are lovely and hopefully will provide a thoughtful remembrance.

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pennifold by pennifold 18 Dec 2019

Thanks so much, I hope so. Love Chris

by barba 16 Dec 2019

Your Angel wings are stunning. I am sure she will love them and appreciate the love that went into making them. Losing a child is so heart wrenching. I pray that they find peace and strength during this very difficult time. Hugs and blessings, Barba

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pennifold by pennifold 18 Dec 2019

Thanks Barba. I know we all are praying for the family. Love Chris

by shirley124 16 Dec 2019

These are so beautiful Chris. So sad to lose a child so young. Sending prayers for the family. Hugs

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pennifold by pennifold 18 Dec 2019

Thanks Shirley, the family will need them tomorrow for the funeral and it's expected to reach in the low 40's here in Newcastle tomorrow. Funeral is being held at the Anglican Cathedral, Newcastle, love Chris

by toogie 16 Dec 2019

They are beautiful! So heartbreaking to lose a child. The parents must feel so helpless, with all their knowledge, and not be able to save their own child or others, with this dreadful disease. My heart goes out to the family and friends.

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pennifold by pennifold 18 Dec 2019

That's how we all feel about it Toogie, love Chris

by dailylaundry 16 Dec 2019

A beautiful tribute to a dear little girl. We lost our sweet niece at 6 years old. She was also ill. She is in my heart and will always be there. There is nothing in this world like loosing a child. Absolutely nothing. Prayers for her dear family and friends. Your angel wings are perfect. Hugs, Laura

pennifold by pennifold 18 Dec 2019

So heartbreaking for you too Laura. Thanks for commenting, love Chris

toogie by toogie 19 Dec 2019

Laura when I was 6, I lost my best school friend, Julie. Although I have always had a terrible memory, the memory of Julie will remain in my heart and mind, always....I seem to forget what she looked like and that her older brother died too that day, but it’s her ‘presence’ if that makes sense, that I remember. She was my friend.

by stork 16 Dec 2019

News of any death is hard, but when a young child is involved it is gut wrenching. So sorry for this loss of another child of God. God bless the family. Beautiful set of wings!!!

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pennifold by pennifold 18 Dec 2019

Thanks so much Tonya, love Chris

by dragonflyer 16 Dec 2019

How very sad for the family and all of you whose life she touched. Your Angel Wings are gorgeous and I am sure that they will be treasured....

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pennifold by pennifold 18 Dec 2019

Thanks Kim, I do hope so, love Chris

by sonjapotgieter 16 Dec 2019

So Sad for her and family..What Stunning design stitched ..So Pretty..She is going to Love it!!!!

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pennifold by pennifold 18 Dec 2019

Thanks so much Sonja, love Chris

by sebsews 16 Dec 2019

Such a sad thing to happen to any child. Maybe someday your doctor will find a cure for this disease. I know there is no pain deeper than losing a child. My heart and prayers go out to precious Josephine and her family. The angel wings are perfect for them and it is so kind of you to make them for the grieving family. Love, Suzanna

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pennifold by pennifold 18 Dec 2019

Thanks so much Suzanna. Love Chris

by basketkase 16 Dec 2019

Oh my goodness, such sadness at this time of the year....the wings you have stitched in her honor are the perfect tribute to this little angel.....

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pennifold by pennifold 18 Dec 2019

Thanks so much Vicki, I do hope they will be accepted. Love Chri

by mrskiki 16 Dec 2019

They are lovely and will be appreciated but probably not for a while. Keeping that family in my prayers. Hugs. Nan

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pennifold by pennifold 18 Dec 2019

Thanks Nan, love Chris

by marianb 16 Dec 2019

They are magnificent. Such a sad event to happen my heart goes out to her parents and siblings as you said it's still a shock when it does happen.

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pennifold by pennifold 16 Dec 2019

Thanks Marian, the wings are exquisite. Our whole community is so saddened by this tragedy. Dr Phoebe's father Dr Chris Hindley started the surgery here in Jewells over 30 years ago. When he retired Phoebe took over the practice (it's a big practice, there are 8 doctors there) Our daughter Dana went to school with Chris's 2nd daughter and she is a Veterinarian. Love Chris