Esther just turned 16 years old recently, and went home to be with her Lord after battling thyroid cancer for four years.
She watched every episode of Lost and all of the past five years of Dr. Who. She liked the Syfy channel best but also enjoyed watching romantic movies.
Earlier this summer, she became a celebrity in her niche of the Internet when John Green, an award-winning author of young adult fiction, posted a YouTube video encouraging people to vote “with Esther’’ in a contest. The prize was a $250,000 grant, and the outpouring for Esther garnered so many votes that the award went to the Harry Potter Alliance, a nonprofit founded in Somerville (Mass.) that promotes human rights, literacy, and disaster relief efforts.
That drew the attention of J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series, who sent a hand-drawn picture of a magical Sorting Hat and wrote underneath: “To Esther, with love and best wishes always — Jo.’’
About ten years ago Wayne Earl and his family came to my town of Medway, Massachusetts as the interim pastor of our little church. While here, he and Mister became very good friends and got together for coffee often. They have remained friends since the Earls moved on.