"Are you tired?" someone asked 11-year-old Catina Scharf shortly after she arrived at Mitchell Field from New York City late Tuesday afternoon.
"No," she said. "No."
Then the Milwaukee girl was off. Dashing here and there. Greeting this person and that person. Posing for pictures.
If you had seen her before, you would have been amazed, because she has been known to tire rather easily and has spent some time in a wheelchair.
There was no wheelchair at the airport Tuesday afternoon, however, because Catina was full of energy and full of life.
And why not. Her dream had come true. She had met superstar performer Michael Jackson Monday night before a Jackson brothers “Victory Tour” concert at the Meadowlands complex in East Rutherford, N.J.
Catina, who is called Tina by her family and friends, has an inoperable brain tumor. And she had a wish. She wanted to meet Michael Jackson.
The Monday night meeting with him was arranged through Craig Davidson, a producer with Viacom Cablevision of Wisconsin, who has contacts in the entertainment world.
The new Wisconsin chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of American, which seeks to grant wishes of terminally ill children, paid for the trip to New Jersey by Catina, her parents, Sherry and William, and her sister, Lucinda, 18.
The Jackson organization provided tickets to the show for the Scharfs. Also, Catina had wanted a souvenir press pass, and the Jackson people gave her 6 of them.
"Look at the energy she has," Catina’s mother said at Mitchell Field as she watched the girl move about, talking to friends and well-wishers. "She’s been going like this since 10 o’clock this morning.
"And she didn’t go to bed until 2 o’clock this morning. When she woke up today, she had a big smile on her face and she said, ‘He’s so cute.’ She was just starstruck."
Now she has her memories, but they will be a little short on details, because she can’t recall what Jackson said to her. She does remember that he was dressed all in white, with glitter on his clothes, but his words are lost somewhere in her mind — or heart.
"They brought me into a little room and he walked in," she said. "I didn’t say anything. I just stared. My mind was a blank. I couldn’t think of anything."
This clearly was an event of almost cosmic importance for Catina — just being there in the same room with Jackson, seeing him up close and knowing that he had come to see her.
Words were not that important. His presence was.
She had thought that her wish to meet the superstar performer “was just going to keep on being a dream.”
And perhaps she had not even dared to dream that he would kiss her on the cheek, as he did, and hug her, as he did.
Catina and her mother were in the room with Jackson for 10 to 15 minutes, the child said. But no one was really timing the momentous even, which was shared by a New Hampshire boy who also has a brain tumor.
Jackson had more than a kiss and a hug for Catina. He also gave her his autograph. He signed a book about him that she has brought with her.
“Love, Michael Jackson,” he wrote, with big sweeping lines so that his autograph resembled a drawing of a bird’s nest.
Catina let people look at the autograph at the airport, but she told everyone not to touch it.
"It’s mine," she said. [x]
but NO ONE would make stories like this national news right ?
When you have seen the things I’ve seen and traveled all over the world, you would not be honest to yourself and the world to be that way [self absorbed/hard hearted]. I just couldn’t see myself not being touched by the things I have seen, like that village in China, and the things I have seen in Africa and Russia and Germany and Israel. I remember this newborn baby fighting to live, newborn with all the things in the nose, in a hospital in Israel. How could your heart not go out to something like that? I said to everybody, the kids, everybody, “Come here kids. You have to see this,” because I think they understand the sensitivity of how children are important, helping others, reaching out to the world, to the underprivileged. Being materialistic and showing this sense of me-ism all the time is something I deplore. - Michael Jackson
“Sometimes we would sit down and he would talk to me about the things that he had done. He loved doing that. […] He would only tell me about it.” (Katherine Jackson, Life of an Icon)
Awww , another person that was made Happy by Michael <3 :) www.michaelschildrenshospital.com
Victory Tour Press Conference, 1984
"I know I can’t heal the world. But I can help."
Michael Jackson first said these words when he was a child, ladies and gentleman. I’ve heard this many times before but it still continues to astound me.
September 30, 1992
President Iliescu of Romania inaugurates a playground for 500 orphans
which Michael has financed. Michael also discusses his Heal The World Foundation.
In 1992, my Dad, John Croasdale, received a phone call from a man who wanted Playdale to build a playground for a big orphanage in Bucharest, Romania, for 500 children. That was the furthest Playdale had ever been to build a playground, the man did not say who wanted the playground to be built, so the designers and installers got to work, they built the playground in the factories and sent it in a massive lorry to Romania, six people went along too, when they arrived in Bucharest, they discovered that Michael Jackson was the mystery client, and he wanted the playground for his ‘Heal the World’ foundation. When Michael opened the playground, my mum managed to take a photo of him, sticking his thumbs up at her and the other people to say thank you.