What will a parent do to save the life of an ailing child? Everything.
In a special episode of “Maalaala Mo Kaya” last Saturday, June 25, the whole world was able to witness the inspiring story of the little angel named Caitlyn Soleil Lucas or more popularly known as “Courageous Caitie”.
The Little Warrior
Caitie (Miel Espinoza) is the daughter of Christine Feliz “Tine” Lucas (Shaina Magdayao) and Jayjay Lucas (JC de Vera). At a very young age, she enjoyed having her photos taken by her dad and she would always say “Daddy! Click! Click!”. When Caitie was three years old, Tine and Jayjay noticed some rashes on her body, the doctors initially thought they were just insect bites. In a span of three months, she had to be confined in three different hospitals as doctors could not seem to diagnose her condition. After a series of tests, she was diagnosed with tuberculosis. Her parents made her undergo a series of medication, however, her condition only got worse. Later on, it was identified as leukemia and she had to go through another series of medication to cure her illness.
Her parents even went to other doctors and made her undergo other tests to determine her illness but doctors were having a hard time identifying this very rare disease. This prompted Tine to seek the help of people online and she created the Facebook page for her daughter. In just a very short span of time, the inspirational story of “Courageous Catie” became a phenomenon and more and more people wanted to help. Through the page, her parents were able to show people online the never-ending faith of this young warrior despite everything.
Since Caitie’s condition continued to worsen, the family went to Singapore and had her tested there. After some tests, she was diagnosed with juvenile myelomonocytic leukemia. With the continuous love and support of her parents, she continued to fight but after a three-month battle with the disease, she passed away.
Up to now, “Courageous Caitie” remains to be an inspiration. Her faith in God never changed even though she was going through the worst. Her courage and determination inspires people to always find strength within during hard times and to never ever give up. She is a gentle reminder that when we are already tired of living, some people are striving so hard just to live, and that we should all learn to value our lives.
“Caitie lived a short life, but she lived a good and full life.”
This poignant episode of “Maalaala Mo Kaya” directed by Dondon Santos was able to showcase the exceptional acting prowess of Shaina Magdayao, proving that she’s one of the finest actresses of her generation. She was able to effortlessly show the indescribable pain of a mother losing her own child, especially in the scene where she was doing her eulogy for her little angel. JC de Vera also gave an equally memorable portrayal as Caitie’s dad, and he was able to shine in his simple and quiet scenes in the episode. Miel Espinoza performance as “Courageous Caitie” surely made a lot people shed some tears. She gave one of the most heartbreaking portrayals by a child performer in the recent years.
The episode definitely was the talk of town and #MMKCourageousCaitie even became the top trending topic on Twitter for hours.
Here are some of the reactions and tweets of our Kapamilyas:
Even some Kapamilya stars and local celebrities were touched by the episode.