Posted on Sun, Jan. 11, 2004

Memorial celebration planned Saturday in S.J. for Saratoga girl

By the Mercury News

The public is invited to attend a memorial service for Kaitlyn Langstaff on Saturday at Westgate Community Bible Church in San Jose.

The 9-year-old Saratoga girl died Dec. 17 at home after struggling for nearly two years to overcome a debilitating disease that left her unable to see, speak or eat. Her condition apparently was caused by a severe reaction to Children's Motrin.

``This will be a celebration of Kaitlyn's life,'' said her mother, Kerry Langstaff.

``We will have live music, a slide presentation, children's stories, special speakers, a balloon release and more.''

Kaitlyn's fight to resume her life -- including returning to school -- after she was released from the hospital prompted hundreds of letters of support from around the country.

A poem she wrote, called ``I Am the Same Inside,'' was turned into a song by local musicians. It was featured on a CD and at a benefit concert in her honor at Santana Row in San Jose last summer.

The memorial will begin at 2 p.m. at the church, 1735 Saratoga Ave., San Jose.

For more information, view Kaitlyn's Web site at www.kaitlyn langstaff.org.