I want to thank everyone once again! We have reached our goal (actually this was the 5th goal!); we are so grateful to everyone, words cannot really express. I am going to keep the page up as we still don't really know what the financial impact of poor Evie's illness will be. Losing Evie in this way was so tragic and such a shock that it is going to take a long time to work through everything. Take care everyone. Tell your loved ones how much you love them, hug them, and then hug them again!
This is Emily, Evie's best friend. Things will not be the same without Evie. She was the most beautiful and funniest friend I had and will ever have. Evie's laugh and smile could and would make you feel so happy. It is so sad to think all we have now is memories, good and bad. Evie was the best friend I ever had and I don't think I will ever meet anyone who could make me laugh like Evie did. Thank you to everyone who is helping Evie's family through this tough time.
A message from Patrice:
It's a quiet Sunday and I am sitting here waiting for my "Beauty" to come home. I know she is gone but I can't shake the feeling that any moment she will come cartwheeling into the room. To pass the time I am pouring over all the pictures and kind words you all have posted. Lenroy and I are at a loss for words when it comes to all you have done for us. "Thank you" does not seem a proper response to the outpouring of generosity and kindness we have been awarded. We appreciate everything from the hugs, cards, donations, stories, pictures, flowers, balloons and meals so many of you have given. My heart feels shattered but each bit of kindness you all have shown is the glue that is holding it together and helping me stay strong for my son.
Thank you again and keep a piece of Evie in your heart to share when you smile and laugh.
Thank you all once again for not only your donations but your kind words. We continue to get donations! Unbelievable! The McLeans are hanging in the best that they can; keep them in your prayers.
Heartfelt thanks to all of you. Donations are still coming in, thank you so much! Although things might be calming down a little bit, these next few days are going to be especially hard on the family. As their support starts to go home to get back to work or their children, please remember the McLeans in your prayers. Those of us that are lucky to live close will continue to keep a close eye on them, but they will need your prayers to make it through. I continue to welcome any comments on this site because I am going to download all of them for Patrice and Lenroy so they can have them to read whenever they feel the need. Hug your kids, then hug them again!
Well we had a wonderful celebration of Evie's life tonight; many of you were there. Joyous and heartbreaking at the same time. Thank you just isn't enough...
Heartfelt thanks to everyone! You all still amaze me. Thanks to the numerous strangers that are sending their thoughts and prayers. Evie and her family and friends have touched many lives and this proves it! Hug your kids, then hug them again! We are so, so very thankful to each of you. Words just cannot express appropriately...
Hi all! I want everyone to know that I'm STILL getting requests to keep the page going, so that's what I'm going to do! Also, Patrice's sister and I did an interview with Foster's this afternoon and we expect the story to reflect who Evie really was and how everything happened. I've heard that reporters are just showing up places - we set up a time for a proper interview so if you don't want to talk to them, you don't have to. Evie's story will go out tomorrow! Thanks again everyone! You are making the difference!
Woo hoo! Almost at the 30,000 mark! Just amazing. I thank everyone for their kind words to not only Patrice, Lenroy and Tyrone, but also to me. Many of you have responded to me via email and I very much appreciate it. It really touches me. Just know that what I've done for the McLean family is NOTHING in comparison to what you've all done! Thank you all, once again, from the bottom of my heart!
You may all be surprised, but I think I am speechless. Words just can't express how we are feeling about the love in this circle of friends/co-workers/acquaintances/strangers!!! We have had ALL donating to this wonderful family. You just have no idea how special and loved you have made the McLean family feel. May you all feel as loved as they do! Bless each and every one of you!
Since this is such a wonderful avenue of love (and information!), I'm posting about Evie's services to make sure I get the word out! Evie's celebration of life memorial services will be held on Wednesday, February 12th at 4pm at The Red Barn at Outlook Farm in South Berwick. All are welcome to attend, and the services will be appropriate for children. Love to you all! Keep spreading the word!
Oh my God! You guys are AMAZING! We have reached this goal too but let's keep it going!! Lots of people have asked me to keep the page up, so I'm going to!
Well, you are all the gift that keeps on giving! You are all so wonderful. Patrice and Lenroy are speechless. Your generosity is overwhelming and I'm so proud to be part of this BIG family!
Thanks again everyone! All NYC cheerleaders will be wearing Evie ribbons! We are cheering at the Augusta Civic Center for you Evie!
I can't even keep up with all of you wonderful people! We are so touched with the generosity these communities have shown. Evie and her family have obviously touched many - the gymnastics, cheering, and local community we live in. You are all the BEST! I'm keeping the page open for the forseeable future as I've been asked by many how long it will stay up. Much love!
You all are WONDERFUL!! More than I could ever imagine. I raised the goal because I know we can do more! Let's make sure they don't have to worry about money right now! Thank you SO much from the bottom of my heart. I am so touched.
Thank you, thank you! You are all wonderful friends. Please continue to spread the word so we can at least ease this burden.
At 6 years old, Evalise McLean, known to those of us who loved her dearly as Evie, passed away so suddenly. A victim of bacterial meningitis - the kind we've had our children vaccinated against, including Evie. How can this happen to such an exuberant, spirited, smart, and beautiful child? Her contagious smile captured us all and her whit kept us laughing. What can we do when there are no words to express the amount of grief we are feeling? We can hug our children tight, tell them and everyone else how much we love them...all the time, over and over.
It's impossible to think of the pain that Evie's parents and brother are enduring. There is no way to relieve that pain but we can help. We can be there for them, whenever they need us, for whatever they need. We can also donate money to help alleviate the additional stress that accumulating medical bills/burial costs can cause.
While the family focuses on spending their last few moments with Evie, I'd like everyone to consider donating whatever they can to help support the family in their time of need. Thank you with all my heart!