Almost a year has passed since Courageous Caitie lost her battle with a rare kind of leukemia. A considerable number of Filipinos got their hearts broken when news of the little girl's passing came out last year.
Courageous Caitie has become a symbol of hope to thousands of Filipinos when her touching story went viral.
Caitie Lucas was diagnosed with Juvenile Myelomonocytic Leukemia, a rare type of cancer that affects only 1.2 out of a million children who are below 5 years old.
Caitie's condition was so rare that doctors were unable to give her a proper diagnosis within the first few months of inquiry. She had to go through an agonizing series of tests before her doctors figured out her exact condition.
When they finally gave her parents their diagnosis, it was decided that Katie and her family had to move to Singapore to receive more advanced treatment, the best care that her parents could provide for her.
The move was a gamble because no one was sure if Caitie could be completely cured. Despite the low chances of her recovery, her parents decided that they wouldn't give up on their little girl.
Caitie's journey towards getting better was documented by her parents. Her story found its way to the media and eventually went viral. Her parents started a Facebook page devoted to her that was updated regularly. Netizens soon got emotionally invested in the little girl's life.
Through it all, Caitie seemed like she was determined to live as if she did not have a rare disease. Pictures of her that were taken by her parents always showed a seemingly happy girl who was determined to fight for her life.
Her bravery despite her illness earned her the nickname 'Courageous Catie'.
Sadly, on March 31, 2016, Caitie lost her battle to cancer. Her parents, Feliz and Jayjay Lucas were devastated. The Lucas family did their best to pull through and move on after the tragedy.
And now it seems that they have a reason to be happy again.
On February 14, 2017, at 11:25 am, Feliz and Jayjay Lucas welcomed a new baby girl. They announced the good news on Facebook.
Coincidentally, the time of their new daughter's birth is the same as the time of Caitie's passing.
To Caitie's parents, this only means one thing; a miracle. And they believe they owe it all to Courageous Caitie.
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