THis was published in the Sep 6, 2001 issue of the Wapello Republican, Wapello, Iowa. The article re: her brief life follows the obituary. I am not related to Christina and have no further information.
Funeral services for Christina Pond Moon, age 5 1/2, Warrenville, Ill., were held Saturday, Aug 25, 2001, at Evangel Baptist Church, 1900 Manchester Road, Wheaton, Ill. The Rev. David Tietjen officiated. Interment was in the Wheaton Cemetery.
Born January 29, 1996, in Winfield (IA), she died Monday, Aug 20, 2001, at Alexian Brothers Hospice House in Elk Grove village. Visitation was Friday at the Hultgren Funeral Home in Wheaton.
Christina loved being with people and listening to music. She especially liked the colorful Disney movies Beauty and the Beast, Mulan, and Tarzan. Her best friend was Cocoa the bear.
She is survived by her parents, Daniel and Rebecca Moon; brother Nathan; sistser Lauren; and grandparents, Mrs. Verta-Marie and Rev. William moon, Mr. NOrmal Rowe and Mrs. Norma Carragher.
She was preceded in death by two uncles and great-grandparents.
Memorials may be made to the Hearts for HOpe Fund, c/o Christ Hospital and Medical Center - Hope Children's Hospital, Attn: Foundation Office, 4440 W. 95th St, Oak Lawn, Il 60453.
PARENTS REMEMBER DAUGHTER WHO TAUGHT THEM LIFE LESSONS by Jake Griffin "Daily Herald Staff Writer"
After waiting four years to hear his oldest daughter call him "daddy," Dan Moon has less than two years to enjoy the sound.
Christina Moon was born with cerebral palsy, epilepsy and underdeveloped lungs. She fought to be born and her parents said, she fought to stay alive. The fight lasted until Monday, when the 5-year-old Warrenville girl died of lung failure.
Everytime they tried to give us a prognosis, she would always prove them wrong." said her mother, Rebecca.
Christina was the first child born to the Moons, who also have a toddler son and a newborn daughter. They said having Christina first made their parenting jobs easier with the younger children.
"It changed everything in our lives," Rebecca Moon said. "It just made us both so much more aware of everything. It exposed us to so much more than we would have ever known." Dan Moon said Christina's struggles made his marriage stronger. "In this day and age, we learned it's not a game and it's not easy." he said. "When you put pressure on a relationship, it exposes the flaws and we had to learn to work through those flaws."
Christina's parents said their daughter made them realize how capable disabled children really can be.
"She watched out for her brother." her mother recalled. "She couldn't really say anything, but if Nathan was fussy and I wasn't there, she'd let me know."
"She worked hard to do what she could," Dan Moon said. "I expect my younger kids to work as hard as their sister."
Even getting to hear her call him "daddy" was hard work, Dan Moon said.
"I waited four years to hear her say that." he said, "that's my favorite memory."