DECEMBER 16–The Thing with Feathers


“Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul – and sings the tunes without the words – and never stops at all.” – Emily Dickinson

I believe in the power of energy and I believe in the power of love. I believe that if as many people as possible know about Caitlin and as many as possible set an intention, that the most perfect Harry Potter lungs will come this weekend. If you don’t know Caitlin, she is as kind as they come. She is the person who donates generously to every desperate cause, tips 50%, who fights for what she believes in, and is empathetic beyond belief. Because it is Christmastime, and because she desperately needs lungs, please do something for her today. Donate what you can, in her name, to a critical cause like Aleppo via Partners in Health, smile at a sad-looking stranger, leave an anonymous holiday greeting on someone’s windshield – do it in Caitlin’s spirit. She’s at UPMC Pittsburgh and, because she is O+ and 5’2”, the donor pool is very small and regionally-based. Her family is grateful that direct organ donation to Caitlin is an option. She is on life support and is in desperate need. Please spread the word via social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) to as many people as possible and keep fighting, just as Caitlin would do for each and every one of us. #lungsforCaitlin



Jessica Danforth is a from-the-first-meeting, deep soul friend of Caitlin’s. They met at St. Mark’s 17 years ago and are devoted to each other. Jess has had her own breast cancer battle this past year (shared here) and flew here, after chemo on Monday, from San Francisco to be with us. She reads to Caitlin—Mary Oliver, poems, messages from all of Caitlin’s friends. She gives our buddy three-hour hand massages, plays music, talks to her, and sleeps in a family room chair bed. She is made of pure goodness and love. She is Caitlin’s bedside angel.


Author: kittenupdates

I am the author of CASCADE and LITTLE MATCHES: A Memoir of Grief and Light

7 thoughts on “DECEMBER 16–The Thing with Feathers”

  1. I met Caitlin a few years ago in Naples via Nick Mannella whose Mom is a dear friend of mine and want you to know we are all praying HARD for the perfect set of lungs to arrive. She is a beautiful young woman and we are sending her as much positive energy as we possibly can at this serious time. Gail Musnicki

  2. Caitlin, I sent to you via overnight express today, the thing I have owned the longest. I have owned a statue of the guardian angel for 67 years, and I mailed her to you and she will arrive tomorrow as a statue, but I know that she is already with you because real angels don’t travel by mail. She will now watch over you. She has lived in every home I have owned and she is yours now to live with you until you’re my age and then pass her on. You are the first thing I think of when I awake every morning.

  3. The spirits of Caitlin and Jess give me a sense of inspiration that the world is filled with special loving people. Prayers for both girls🙏🙏🙏

  4. Are you looking for donors? Would part of a lung do? How do we find out if we would be a match? I’m 5 foot 4 and change and I’m O something, can’t remember positive or negative.

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