I was having a good day at school until I checked my Facebook and was informed that a great CHD Advocate Steve Catoe had died last night.I was stunned as he had just posted a new blog entry yesterday afternoon. Of course I didn’t believe it at first. But when a friend posted the article written about him,I just had to believe it.I never got the chance to meet him but from what I have heard about him,he was a wonderful, giving man who chose to LIVE.
On Facebook he was the guy that was willing to answer any question anyone had about CHD’s.He was there to support and encourage each and every one of us as he continued to fight his own battles.He kept trying to educate the world about CHD’s all the way to his final night on this earth.I only knew him from Facebook,but it still feels like losing a member of our family.The CHD community IS a family and we have all taken an emotional blow today.
Steve was an inspiration to all of us. He put living on the front burner. No matter how much he was struggling in his own life.He was 44 year old and the oldest person to be living with his CHD.He made me want to do more and be a better person and I thank him from the bottom of my mended heart for that.It is going to be very hard to find anyone who can fill his shoes.
There will never be another Steve Catoe. He was one in a million.
RIP Steve.We love you and you will be missed.