My friend Tracey who lives in Gloucester, VA sent me this message request for prayer, and I just had to share. If you are a parent, have family with young children, or know anyone with small children you have to read this! Stories like these are becoming more and more frequent, so we need to keep building awareness and also pray for those who have experienced this horrific tragedy!
PLEASE read the message below. I’ve joined a group on Facebook – We Love
Katie – Katie is 15 and the daughter of Kristi Milby Vann and David Vann
(Helen Vann’s son). Since Jan. Katie has been in a wheelchair and is now in
Boston for evaluation to see if she qualifies for treatment for a very rare
disease known as RSD or Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (chronic, painful and
progressive neurological condition that affects the skin, muscles, joints,
and bones. Her injury is a direct result of a broken ankle she suffered in
Jan. 2008. Through all their visits to CHKD, they are hearing and sharing
so many other stories of people in need of prayer. This family is in
NEED!!!!! PLEASE PRAY FOR THEM AS WELL AS FOR KATIE AND THE VANN FAMILY!
Butch Holland sent a message to the members of We Love Katie.
Subject: We were sent this and just feel led to ask for your prayers for
Since we already have a huge prayer chain, we would like to ask for your
prayers for a family in Farmville, as they are going through an unthinkable
The Williams pastor a small church in Farmville, and they have three
children and 6 grandchildren. On Saturday, Mr. and Mrs. Williams were
keeping all of their grandchildren for the day and were outside playing at
the church. Mrs. Williams got in her car to go get lunch at McDonald’s, and
as she pulled out onto the street, she didn’t realize that her nearly- three
year old grandson Addison had run out to the car. Pastor Williams had tried
to catch him, but wasn’t quick enough. Little Addison was struck and killed
under the back tire of Mrs. Williams’ SUV. Not knowing what had happened,
Mrs. Williams continued on to McDonald’s, while Pastor Williams frantically
called for emergency services while trying to keep the other five
grandchildren (ages 4-9) from being so traumatized.
I attended the visitation/wake for the family last night, and I can say with
certainty that I have never in my life seen such heart-breaking grief.
Pastor Williams and his wife are absolutely broken and defeated. They both
blame themselves. The other grandchildren are having nightmares and the
oldest one is angry at God for “allowing this to happen.”
The funeral for Addison is today around 2. Please pray that divine peace
that can only come from Christ be poured out onto this family. They are an
important part of the Farmville community through both their church and
their business. (Ironically, Rex Williams owns the main towing business in
Farmville and is the one who cleans up wrecks.)
Thank you for praying for this family. I simply cannot imagine what they
are going through right now. Please feel free to pass this along to any
other prayer warriors you know.