Community Mourns the Loss of Roxie
UPDATE 11/6 - Moments ago, Roxanne Lorraine Pickrell took her last breath. She was just 13 years old. As a community we mourn. We mourn for Roxie and what her life could have been with that red hair and sass. We mourn for the entire Pickrell family, especially for Jason and Cathy. We mostly mourn for a life cut short. I can’t believe that this is how her story ended. She had so much more to do. Rest in peace beautiful girl.
UPDATE 11/5: This family needs us right now.
10/22/2019 - UPDATE: So many of you have been following the story of Roxie and the Pickrell family, over the last several days. They have a long road ahead, but we have an update to share today.
If you are unfamiliar with this family, this is their story that we've been reporting on.
This week the funeral was held (10/21/2019) for Gary's Drive-In owner, Gary Pickrell, following his death at the age of 70 (10/11/2019). The funeral had been delayed because Gary's 13-year-old granddaughter, Roxie, is at Norton's Children's Hospital. She had a brain tumor removed on Monday (10/14/2019). We've been following her journey and although there's a lot to be thankful for, there's still a long way to go.
'small positive changes'
Cathy (Mom) - she is squeezing my hand with her right hand when I ask her to
- her eyes are still closed but she has "blinked" for me 3 times (squeezed her eye tight) when asked - when asked, she gave Dr Sweeney a thumbs up with her right hand
I am still being told to expect slow progress but to me this is huge.
Together, we got this
MRI confirms swelling related to surgery. She HAS had a stroke in the right side of her brain, affecting her left leg.
There is also a possibility she has had a stroke in her thalamus, which affects wakefulness and alertness, which may be why she is still not awake. We are being told her brain is taking time to re-arrange and regenerate itself. She may take days ....or weeks.
Pray and send us positive thoughts without ceasing.
On 10/16/2019 Cathy and Jason posted an update on Roxie's medical journey. I'll let them share the status of Roxie's progress, in their own words.
If you want to send Roxie a card or maybe an iTunes Gift Card, here's the information you need. Roxie loves music and will respond well to this. You can also drop cards off at Gary's Drive-In or at WBKR, and we'll get them to the family. Most of all, say a prayer.
Norton's Children's Hospital - 231 E Chestnut St, Louisville, KY 40202
Room 417, Bed 2