Open Letter from the Stewart Family

Time to take a small break from the silliness of celebrity gossip:

The Stewart family released this beautiful letter today thanking fans everywhere who sent their thoughts and prayers after the passing of Vanessa Stewart. I wanted to share this with those of you who, though were not Kansas State Wildcat fans, have told me that you started following this story after reading about it on this blog. Mr. Stewart continues to make the trip up from Oklahoma to watch Clent play each home game, but seeing that empty seat next to him just brings a lump to the throat of every member of the Wildcat Nation.

Courtesy: Kansas State University

Release: 02/18/2008

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Senior guard Clent Stewart and his family released the following open letter to the Wildcat nation to thank them for their thoughts and prayers during the last few weeks.

Clent, Sr., Clent, Jr., and LaTori would like to offer our sincere thanks to everyone who has supported the family during our time of bereavement.

To the Kansas State Men Basketball Team – Your unyielding faith and support has inspired us and reminded us that God is in control and that He doesn’t make mistakes. He needed an Angel and has allowed Vanessa to spread her wings and answer His higher calling. Thank you for propping us up so we may continue to stand, and for allowing Him to use you to comfort us.

To the Kansas State University Family - "Thank You" simply isn't enough. Some of the best moments Vanessa had as she fought to stay with us were at KSU. She enjoyed the trips to Manhattan. She knew that there she would be able to set sickness aside, even if only for a short while. There she was allowed to cheer for her son and his "brothers from other mothers", and be a FAN. Thank you for giving her those moments. She will be front row forever. "GO CATS"!!!

To the Print and Televised Media (too many to name) - Thank you for bringing awareness to the public that the fight against Cancer is still being waged in the hospitals and hearts of those who have been touched. We pray that your coverage of Vanessa's battle will encourage others to join the fight.

To all our other relatives, friends, coworkers, and anyone who was touched by and supportive of our fight - THANK YOU AND WE LOVE YOU SO MUCH!

To anyone we failed to mention - please blame it on our heads and not our hearts. We sincerely appreciate all the kind words, deeds, thoughts, prayers, meals, and other acts of kindness offered on our behalf as we have grieved. This new journey will be difficult, but we are certain that with the determination Vanessa taught us and your support, we will be able to greet each new day and the challenges it holds with the strength to make it through.

Again, Sincere Thanks and Much Love,

The Stewart Family

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