Remembering a perfect day in the too-short life of Lindsey Just
"Within a couple of minutes, she was up on stage signing along with Rachel and I could tell she was having a dream come true," said Cindy Just, Lindsey's mom.
Lindsey's wish was to meet signing celebrity Rachel Coleman. Someone she grew up watching since she was 2-years old and someone who taught her how to communicate.
"She and I both learned our signing language by watching 'Signing Time,'" said Cindy.
Rachel brought Signing Time up to Anchorage for a special Make A Wish concert just for Lindsey. The entire family was there for support. As if the concert wasn't enough, Rachel gave Lindsey a lifetime supply of Signing Time products and one of her signature orange sweaters.
Cindy was surprised to find out her daughter qualified as a Make A Wish kid. Lindsey had heart problems. She had open heart surgery when she was four months old and a second one in 2012.
"She fought through a lot of things. Nothing was ever easy for her. She worked for everything she achieved," said Cindy.
Lindsey started having fevers that doctors couldn't diagnose. It turned out to be a life-threatening disease called HLH. Three months after receiving her wish, Lindsey passed away. To this day, it's still hard for Cindy to talk about her daughter.
"Her presence. It's a big hole in this house. She sat at the end of the sofa everyday after school and played with her iPad and watched her signing time. It's almost four months and I still can't believe she's not here."
Despite tough times, Cindy carries her daughter's memories with her and remembers her at her happiest.
"Even though Lindsey is gone now, we have the memories of the perfect day."