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KRIS'S WISH QUESNEL JUN 11 2004 PT 3

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Step By Step organized its 4th Campaign, called Kristopher's Wish. George Marcello was following Pope John Paul 2's wise words in seeking the youth carry on the message. That youth was 14 year old Kristopher Knowles. Kristopher was suffering with a liver disease called Biliary Atresia and was on the waiting list for a liver transplant. He had a wish to carry the Torch across Canada. On January 8 2004, we organized a 200 city tour across Canada. Kristopher inspired all of Canada and like a modern day Pied Piper recruited hundreds of thousands of students.


HOW GEORGE MARCELLO MET KRISTOPHER KNOWLES
George obeys Pope John Paul II and finds a youth to pass the Torch Of Life

2000-2003: Kristopher's Wish was being born
During my walk across Canada, I entered the city of Sarnia on July 23 2000; it was Day 34 of our campaign. We had a very wonderful event, great reception in a very beautiful community. Among the many people we met, there was a young boy that caught my heart. Kristopher Knowles introduced himself to me, and explained that he was on the waiting list for a liver transplant; he was 10 years old at the time. After our visit in Sarnia, we continued to make stops in nearly 500 communities. I met thousands of people along the way that have left valuable memories for me. Some of these people have had transplants and happy stories have followed, some had been waiting for transplants and have passed away. It sometimes left me emotionally drained that these people could not receive the precious organs that would save their lives. As I was completing my trek across Canada I was making my way back to my final stop in Toronto. On Day 749, July 8, 2002 we once again stopped in Sarnia. To my delight, I once again met Kristopher Knowles. He had a great big smile on his face and was anxious to carry the Torch of Life across Sarnia.
There was every indication to think that Kris had received his liver transplant with his bright mood. Unfortunately he didn't. Sometimes I can't figure out why some people have to suffer so much in life with afflictions not of their own making. When I think of Kristopher there is two things I feel INSPIRATION and COURAGE. During our stop in Sarnia I stayed at the Knowles family residence and got to know a very loving family. After I completed the walk, Kris and his family and myself participated in many more events. I stayed in contact with Kris by e-mail. Kris was sending me letters, sharing his thoughts of his wish, which was to walk across Canada. He wanted me to be his road manager and walk for Step by Step. I was completely overwhelmed by his desire and enthusiasm to attempt a grueling task. I was so touched by this amazing young boy and at the same time torn whether I could handle such a responsibility. His family was aware of his dream and 100% behind the idea. Many scenarios were rushing through my head. My biggest concern was his safety. After much soul searching my answer came to me after hearing that he won 1,500 hundred-meter races at his school. I agreed. I am presently building a road team that includes a registered nurse, a teacher to tutor him and personnel to handle vehicles and other tasks. I am also organizing the campaign to make sure that all police forces, hospitals, and airports are aware of Kris's presence each hour and in every community as we move every day. Kristopher's Wish is to help save all the people on the waiting list. It is the next step to give people more hope. I have been working relentlessly along with some treasured volunteers to make sure that Kris has the best care and that not only Canadians but the whole world hears about this. We will carry out the Campaign, throughout each community, starting in his hometown in Sarnia, January 8, 2004 and ending in Toronto on December 25, 2004. Kris will not let the disease win.

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