Why are other sick children not getting attn?

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stupid question

Knoxville, TN

#1 Apr 19, 2013
My heart hurts for any parent or person that loses someone they love more than themselves. However I cannot understand why the other children with serious health issues are not getting the same kind of community outreach that the Norman/Nelson family received. I am glad they received the communities love but has anyone else wondered why the other ill children in the area are not receiving the same community attention?
IMHO

La Follette, TN

#4 Apr 19, 2013
stupid question wrote:
My heart hurts for any parent or person that loses someone they love more than themselves. However I cannot understand why the other children with serious health issues are not getting the same kind of community outreach that the Norman/Nelson family received. I am glad they received the communities love but has anyone else wondered why the other ill children in the area are not receiving the same community attention?
I think Facebook played a big part. It has exploded in popularity and use during the past few years. And little Katelyn was very sick for two years so during that 2 years, her story played out publicly, largely due to Facebook. She really was a beautiful young girl with a "never give up" attitude. Once it was discovered that she was terminal, that is when the community really kicked into gear. No matter what the reason, I think it is a very good thing that the community finally came together for a good cause which garnered good publicity rather than the drugs, deadbeats, and corruption that we usually get in the news for.
stupid question

Knoxville, TN

#5 Apr 19, 2013
IMHO, Like I said I am happy the community reached out to help the family, however I see a lot of other childrens parents on facebook asking for prayers for their children and they might get 10 responses, the Nelson lady just posts a picture and 200 people like it and comment on it. There is nothing wrong with that because she is a grieving mother, it just has me confused as to why all of the others are not getting community attn, another young girl passed away this week and I bet very few people even knows her name. I wish all the children could get the love that Kate received, I hate to think because she or her family were pretty had anything to do with the outpouring of love she received.
Finally

La Follette, TN

#6 Apr 19, 2013
mikey j wrote:
Because their mother isn't a money hungry spot light craving how like erica
Thank you, finally somebody tellin it like it is!

HORRIBLE how her mother having film crews in the hospital filming her lying in that bed against the wall so sick and her mother all the way opposite in the corner... the camera zoomed in the child's face trying to sleep, she was just so soooo sick. The mother totally distant in emotion and physically. That was so horrible to watch her mother DO that to her daughter!!! I'm sure the child was just 'whatever. i'm so sick and all i want to do right now is sleep. not the energy to say 'please get these strangers with lights and cameras out of my face'.

Exploiting, and violating her privacy was absolutely DISGUSTING... the child not allowed the RIGHT to dignity, and privacy. Had that donations site up some 9 months, then the mom went viral about it when she came back 'end days and bucket list' plastering her daughter all over everything and boom $100K in less then a week.

Why doesn't anybody else do that? Because as in birth more parents, especially mothers, find it private and personal and worthy of respect of privacy, that's why.
found it odd too

La Follette, TN

#7 Apr 19, 2013
It's true. She was sick for 2 yrs before all the attention to push for money. She had chemo in that time and chemo makes you really sick but there was times in between there that she was in school and well enough to go to Italy and do what she wanted to do so I didn't get why the mom didn't push her daughter out there in the media to raise the money to do those things while she was well? I hate to think that maybe the daughter didn't want that, so in the end she was too sick to care about whatever her mom or whoever was going to do using her to beg for money. The mom going all public and news etc just at the very end, and the child didn't get to enjoy anything that money could have gotten her to go and do. I agree, if it was my daughter (which just freaks me the hell out to even think about UGHH) I would have been very uncomfortable with having her exposed like that in that hospital room, let alone be the one to ask for that. No way. No amount of money would have been enough to pay me to NOT protect my child's privacy, and peace, at a time like that.

There SHOULD be fundraisers for all the sick children, in general manner. Not here though. Look at the animal shelter threads.... come to think of it maybe that's where they got the idea, after all it's only been a couple weeks since that child passed and they see what getting into media did for that girls mom to make money, and the group behind the expose of the shelter have big debt soooo *shrug*
stupid question

Knoxville, TN

#8 Apr 19, 2013
You know that is very stunning to hear. I was not aware of Kate's story until the end and I found it very disturbing that the young lady was not allowed privacy in her last days. I never thought of it as a fundraising effort however I now see how that could be taken that way. Having all of the motorcycle riders and tv stations everywere in her last days was a sad sight to see. I also was disturbed to never see the father in any pictures, I am sure he must have been hurting. Now I see something called Katestock being advertised on her facebook page, I am not sure if that is a fundraiser but if it is the money should go to other families at Childrens Hospital and not the mother to spend. If all of this is true it is sad for Kate, as she appeared very weak and ill in the photos at the end, yet her mother had TV stations everywere. I would have wanted complete privacy with my child if I knew it was her final days and hours. My heart hurts to think this is true.
yeah

La Follette, TN

#9 Apr 20, 2013
when they did the prom thing and she couldn't go it was sweet the kids that were OUT side with candles showing her love, and i could see maybe ONE pic taken by on person taking of her smiling looking at them. but all the kids packed in her room and the news people there... omg. first thing i thought was what about all the other patients on that floor? all that noise and carrying on that must have been? i know if i'm sick enough to be in a hospital that last thing i want to deal with is a bunch of noise from all kinds of people storming the room next door or on the same floor nevermind news people. i thought that was really rude and inconsiderate of the other very sick people on that floor. really ignorant. i wondered too though that the area only became 'supportive' when they knew how much news attention it got. like to be seen on camera etc and was really more about that then actually the child and what she was going through. people here knew she was sick for a long time and yeah that gofundme site had a page up to donate for her by some woman in the carolinas but there wasn't hardly a few dollars then when the story went mainstream media that money came in like a rainstorm. tells me that money came in from people who saw it nationally and are out of state that never heard of her before that cared so donated. not local people. local people knew for 2 yrs. sad but yeah. pretty much the same with the child that died this week. people here really just don't care. get it on tv and they want the 'fame' that came with it that's all. sickening and so sad for the children around here that die and or are sick. no 'community' for them. if there was it wouldn't take making it get on tv for them to show they care. disgusting fake azzes. BAIRD jumping on that news train showing up at that prom with that 'katelyn day' thing was about HIM sucking up getting attention for himself cuz around here we know what a FAIL he is doesn't give a damn this county let alone ANY sick dying child please!
yeah

La Follette, TN

#10 Apr 20, 2013
iow maybe if we had a mayor for this county that showed they gave a damn about the kids of "his" county the rest of the people would follow suit and be more 'community' because their mayor is. mayors are supposed to be leaders. him as a leader lead the county into the shithole.'baird' land in j'boro county seat is all nasty depressing lots all rotted and overgrown. nobody give a damn about anything but their drugs and him going around saying he have no clue there a problem here with drugs when CC is no. 1 in drugs of the state! sure as hell the rest of the state knows it been all over the news about that! he was a fake azz pig with that 'katelyn day' trying to make himself look good using her being so sick to con anyone national to think hes something that he's not. glad he's getting busted on now for the shelter thing. news all over that too now where's he at? still not giving a damn about the kids that's for sure nor animals either obviously.
totally agree

United States

#11 Apr 20, 2013
Kate is resting in peace. However I will not attend Katestock because I feel 100k + is plenty for them. They should use al the money from Katestock to help the other sick children.

The way Erica blew up about Wesley Rose and then the wrestling match thing was horrid. She was scared to death someone other than HER would get help.

She is sickening. I feel for the family as a whole because that precious girl was truly a light that lit up this whole county God did a tremendous work through her.
Just me

La Follette, TN

#12 Apr 20, 2013
yeah wrote:
iow maybe if we had a mayor for this county that showed they gave a damn about the kids of "his" county the rest of the people would follow suit and be more 'community' because their mayor is. mayors are supposed to be leaders. him as a leader lead the county into the shithole.'baird' land in j'boro county seat is all nasty depressing lots all rotted and overgrown. nobody give a damn about anything but their drugs and him going around saying he have no clue there a problem here with drugs when CC is no. 1 in drugs of the state! sure as hell the rest of the state knows it been all over the news about that! he was a fake azz pig with that 'katelyn day' trying to make himself look good using her being so sick to con anyone national to think hes something that he's not. glad he's getting busted on now for the shelter thing. news all over that too now where's he at? still not giving a damn about the kids that's for sure nor animals either obviously.
again all the brains in the world right here in front of us oh my.lmao NOT
stupid question

Knoxville, TN

#13 Apr 20, 2013
Yeah you got somewhat off topic with whats going on with the rest of the county, Totally agree your spot on when the wrestling show was to be put on I had zero doubt of the intention of the man running it. He wanted to help the family and instead he did the right thing and still helped the community, I was stunned that he was attacked so harshly for trying to help the only way he knew how. I am not sure what Katestock is supposed to be, however if there are fees charged and this like the wrestling show was to benefit Kate, I truely hope her family does the right thing and donates all of the proceeds to those that need help and not take any money other than to payoff any medical bills that might be left to pay and then donate the rest in her daughters name. The other thing thats troubling is again were is the father in all of this, what about Kates siblings that must be crushed. Kates mother never talks about her children that she is still blessed with. Kate's father is not even known to me because I have never seen his name or face.
dunno

Lawrenceville, GA

#14 Apr 20, 2013
Not sure or really see it as an issue. The people gave from their heart for that little girl and her bucket list now she is gone and sadly did not get to complete it
I believe that now it should be paid forward as any fundraisers to help others.
Her mom become a stage mom from all the hype. I do not think that was her intention but people get star struck and that happens.
It was a family friend who brought on the publicity through facebook.
On the other side of the coin the family had bern going through this for 2 yrs and I am sure that they are way behind on bills, however 100.000 should more than help.
Katestock was planned prior to her passing. It is a fundraiser NOW for the family and blood drive. There is a foundation set up for charity that will also be there to donate to it.
dunno

Lawrenceville, GA

#15 Apr 20, 2013
Incidently, nobody give a rats azz when that Rose boy died that kid had nothing and nobody. It breaks my heart into and I hope all those now who cussed and ranted about helping him when all he wanted was a touch screen phone (which he finally got) will never be able to sleep at night! We all knew his family situation but there was nothing wrong with taking him things to the nursing home (which some did) but there was a huge fit thrown by Erica about everything. Bobody was trying to exploit Kate's name but HER.
You cannot treat kids that way and get away with it. God sees all kids the same. He says what you do to someone you do to Him.
Try and lay down and think about that tonight all you disgusting hypocrites.
sigh

La Follette, TN

#16 Apr 20, 2013
totally agree wrote:
Kate is resting in peace. However I will not attend Katestock because I feel 100k + is plenty for them. They should use al the money from Katestock to help the other sick children.
The way Erica blew up about Wesley Rose and then the wrestling match thing was horrid. She was scared to death someone other than HER would get help.
She is sickening. I feel for the family as a whole because that precious girl was truly a light that lit up this whole county God did a tremendous work through her.
So Katestock is supposed to be some sort of benefit concert, then? This is the first I have even heard of it. Didn't know anything about a wrestling match benefit, or Westley Rose story?? But it doesn't sound good from what you're saying. Actually, sounds really horrible. Somebody had a fundraiser to help someone ill, and Kate's mom took a fit or something that the money should be hers and not who it was intended for to help??? Was advertising for the (those?) fundraisers on Katelyn's page too?

"Stupid question", I don't do FB much, if ever, but it wouldn't even occur to me to look her up on it. She's passed, but her wall is still on there?? The night before she passed my daughter was in tears, and went to Katelyn's FB, and cried even harder because everything on her page was gone, but for her profile pic! There is now an advert on her FB for a fundraiser called Katestock??? If that's what you mean, then I find that to be in SERIOUSLY bad taste, and really disturbing!!

"Yeah" I have to agree with you. Like at a job, or school, if the leader (principal, boss) of a company, school, or city/county (like Mayor) is not involved and showing interest in the people and show they care about them, the people aren't motivated to care much in return. People = Community. I mean, they may care, but get active in helping each other and ban together to help all children, no. If Baird showed more concern just overall about citizens of this county, I think that would trickle down to citizens, and citizens would be more motivated and likely to join together to help all that needs it.

One of the last newscasts about Katelyn, I remember newscaster reporting that she had passed, and that she had asked her mother to use the money raised (so Kate knew that that money was there) to help some families that she had told her mother she'd like to help if SHE could. No clue who those families are that Kate named, but I seriously hope the mom followed through in Kate's memory, but by the sounds of what your posts are maybe she didn't? That would be just too disgusting for me to find out if she hadn't.

I will not be attending Katestock either. Sounds like it's not to help Katelyn fulfill her last wish to help others (might be the pretense, but not the reality) so I want no part of it.

Well

Jacksboro, TN

#17 Apr 20, 2013
The truth is, you go through sometning like this in "real life"....and then you must go through it on facebook....I have good thoughts about this family, but would never have let my life get that big on facebook. Big mistake to put everything out there.
stupid question

Knoxville, TN

#18 Apr 20, 2013
Sigh and Well, They are still putting there lives out there on facebook. The mother complains all the time about everyone being against her and wonders why people questioned her about what she is doing with all of the money that was given to her. It appears they are making logos next that will either be sold or given away. The mother specifically said the Rose boy would not get a nickel from her and now he has passed, I wonder if she even knows he has passed and thinks about such a cold statement. Other families are trying to do the same thing for help on facebook but no one responds, that is I was curious and created this thread wondering why this family received so much attention and help from the community and it seems like most others are left out in the cold. The responses so far have been eye opening to say the least.
sad

Murfreesboro, TN

#19 Apr 20, 2013
I knew west rose even went an spent time with him Sunday he passed Monday he was such a sweet child who didn't complain and all he wanted was a touch screen cell which he got Sunday evening n died Monday morn an he didn't want to be creamated an thank GOD for a funeral home with a heart he got a proper burial an because of who his family was he was denied a lot of thing but come on people these sick dying kids can't help where they come from they all need the same treatment its sad he told me he felt non exsisting because he couldn't even put his name on his door at the nursing home but there is a church here in campbell co that took it on there hearts to help him n take time out of there day to go by an just say hello to him he didn't ask for money he just wanted to see a smiling face to say hello an we are thinking of you an we care was that to much to ask for but very few saw how much pain n grieve he went thru
dunno

Lawrenceville, GA

#20 Apr 20, 2013
People will answer for how he got treated thats for sure.
A lot of people have had hard feelings about Erica for awhile but due to respect of Kate people have not spoken out.
Apparently from what she said Kate did not want to see her bio father - if that was so then respecting her wishes was granted. All she harps is how he is using his name to get a free ride which is kind of iroic. He might be a POS who knows? But to me it seems like both parents in the end took advantage of people's pocketbook for their own gain. And I agree most people here jumped on the bandwagon to get noticed. It was never about that sweet little girl for the most part.
The worst thing I ever seen was on the news the camera closeup as she was struggling to breath thats when I would have thrown everyone out. Which when you bring things to public like that there is no such thing as privacy. Now they are suffering the backlash.
tiptoes

Lawrenceville, GA

#21 Apr 20, 2013
I understood the money was being donated for her bucket list and should it not go for things in her name? Like a scholarship fund or something where people can benefit in her honor?
stupid question

Knoxville, TN

#22 Apr 20, 2013
Just read the flyer for the so called Katestock, it says clearly on the flyer that all proceeds go to the family of Katelyn Norman.

I did not know the young man that died but just read his obituary, he was 16 and needed love and help. No sick child should ever die feeling alone like he did.

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