Still Rising Still Rising
Still Rising

The legacy of Katie Mac

   After a lengthy battle with a rare blood disease and its complications, Katie Gaspard, at the age of sixteen, passed from this life on July 20, 2017. Still Rising chronicles her story and her family’s fight to honor God, her legacy and memory, and tell a narrative of suffering, trust, and seeing God’s hand in the midst of a season of intense suffering. 

   We had a chance to ask her incredible parents, Richard and Daphne, a few questions about writing this book in Katie’s honor. 

CSpotlight: Your faith says you stand on His Word in the good and the bad—how did Katie’s life exemplify this steadfastness? 

Gaspards: Katie never doubted in her heart that God was going to use her story to reach people. She believed that she would be healed and tell her story to thousands. Her words always reflected what was in her heart. Each time we would pose the question of whether or not she still believed God would heal her, even in her worst days of suffering, she always said, “Yes.” We were continuously amazed at Katie’s faith. When the darkest days and unbearable circumstances surrounded her, she stayed true to her belief in God.

CSpotlight: Questions of His plan answered through your journey through Katie’s illness will help many—what do you want readers to know most about trusting His will and sovereignty in our lives?

Gaspards: We have seen so many ways that God was walking through this with us. He prepared us for this journey financially, in relationships with each other, as well as spiritually. We always knew we could trust Him because He had shown Himself faithful to us even before this began. And, even through Katie’s illness, we never wanted for anything. He also allowed us to reach out to others walking though the same situation. Sometimes you have to look for it, but God is always working on your behalf. Even when it may not seem like it, and your situation looks bleak, He is.

CSpotlight:  This is not just a story of loss—how will your book benefit those who have lost a child, as well as those who have not? 

Gaspards: Not only is this Katie’s story, but there are parts of it written specifically to help others know how to show up for people in crises. So many times we want to solve everything by having a nice cliche’ to offer, but that’s not what people need. There are also sections of the book where we write about our own faith in God and how it was tested. The book is part biographical, but a good bit of it reads like a message on trusting God.

A portion of the proceeds from book sales go toward The Still Rising Foundation, and you can learn more and get your copies at wearestillrising.com. 

   The Still Rising Foundation gives resources to ministry-minded young women and serves families of pediatric bone marrow transplant patients, thus, honoring the memory of Katie Gaspard.  

   Even as a young child, Katie’s greatest desire was to tell others about Jesus. She planned to attend a ministry school, and one of Katie’s greatest joys in her short life was attending Christian camps and conferences. As her parents, we want to honor her memory, striving to do our very best to make her story known to all who will listen, and to continue her legacy of making Jesus famous. 

   Our scholarship fund provides resources to young women who aspire to serve in ministry. Similarly, we also offer scholarships for young women to attend the same types of camps and conventions Katie enjoyed so much. While inpatient at Texas Children’s Hospital, we saw a tremendous need in the lives of fellow bone marrow transplant families. It is our mission to serve those families in whatever capacity we are able, as often as we are able.

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