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Claire Sara 11/21/2006

Kathryn - I love you and am thankful every day that I had the chance to spend a little time with you. It has been wonderful getting to know you more and more over the past year through your website and all of the stories that everyone shares. I am so thankful for the showcase DVD and finally getting the chance to see you dance. You're so gorgeous and amazingly talented. You look so full of joy. I hope you're having an amazing time up there with your Dad. Thanks for watching over us all and for keeping that playhouse safe :)

This is a song that I heard about six hundred billion times on the radio in the week or so before November 20th. And I haven't heard it on the radio again since. It will always remind me of you. I love you Kathryn.

Untitled Hymn by Chris Rice:

Weak and wounded sinner, lost and left to die, O, raise your head, for Love is passing by.
Come to Jesus, come to Jesus, come to Jesus and live!

Now your burden's lifted, and carried far away, and precious blood has washed away the stain sing to Jesus, sing to Jesus, sing to Jesus and live!

And like a newborn baby, don't be afraid to crawl, and remember when you walk, sometimes we fall fall on Jesus, fall on Jesus, fall on Jesus and live!

Sometimes the way is lonely and steep and filled with pain, so if your sky is dark and pours the rain
...then cry to Jesus, cry to Jesus, cry to Jesus and live!

O, and when the love spills over, and music fills the night, and when you can't contain your joy inside
...then dance for Jesus, dance for Jesus, dance for Jesus and live!

And with your final heartbeat, kiss the world goodbye, then go in peace, and laugh on glory's side
...and fly to Jesus, fly to Jesus, fly to Jesus and live!

Leeza Larson 11/23/06

Hi, I didn't know Kathryn Bender, but I knew that she was a fantastic dancer. When I heard the story, I thought she is still dancing on clouds with all the angels . I would like to say to her friends and family that I'm very sorry for your loss. I don't go to Steps, but all my fiends go, so I know that she was and still is the most popular dancer there. 


Madeline Doody 11/25/06

I never knew Kathryn, but I always heard that she was an amazing dancer from others. When getting an operation done to me 2 years ago, I had gotten one of the Kathryn's Bears donated from Steps and it means a lot to me, and even though I didn't know her, she will never be forgotten in my heart.

Emily Rosenberg 12/13/06 In the world there are special people, Kathryn was one of them. It takes a real special person to give someone hope, but it takes a person like Kathryn to fulfill their dreams.
Connie Hamilton 12/20/06

I did not know Kathryn but she went to the same school as my daughter did, and her mother is teaching my grandson's kindergarten class. I'm sure Kathryn must have been wonderful with such a caring mother. I feel lucky she is the first teacher to touch my grandson Jordan's life. And I know it must take courage for her to do this after the tragic loss of her own child. I can't imagine anything more precious than coming back to make a positive impact on all those little five and six year-old children.

Auntie 12/25/06

Merry Christmas Kathryn! It's not the same without you and it never will be. 
I miss and love you! 


Mom, Elizabeth and Nicholas 1/1/07

We would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Thank you for your prayers and support this past year.

Kathryn ~ Thank you for blessing us with a peaceful holiday season. We are constantly thinking about you. 
Lots of love, Mom, Elizabeth and Nicholas

Gina Jones 1/15/07 Thank you for including me on your kbmf newsletter mailing list! I am amazed at all the fantastic things you are all doing to honor Kathryn\'s (aka \"Cheeks\" to me) memory. She is surely smiling down on all of you.

Mrs. Jones (Miss D.) from Naper
Melissa Mickelson 1/30/07

Hey Kathryn, I just wanted to say that we love you and miss you like crazy. You influenced so many people with your personality and talent and just everything. You're incredible. Our orchesis team at Waubonsie has you in our hearts and prayers forever & always. 

We miss you and we love you. <3

Jaclyn Montagano 2/24/07 In life, there are many shortcuts to happiness. Kathryn's personality was one of them. Even though I did not know Kathryn, whenever I heard her voice talking to someone, it reflected off of what her personality was. Kathryn was a kind, sweet, loving person and will always be remembered in everyone's hearts forever and ever.