Cadence Shangin

  • "mom you are so strong take care"
    - Nikita Shangin
  • "Pam, im sorry we willalways miss her she was loving and..."
    - Elena Kosbruk
  • "mom i sorry for your lost of kaitebugg she was trying to be..."
    - nikita shangin
  • "Sorry of your lost of Katiebugg"
    - elena kosbruk
  • "sorry mom for your lost of your daughter katiebugg"
    - nikita shangin

Cadence "Katie Bugg" Ann Shangin, 5, died Oct. 2, 2009, at Alaska Native Medical Center from Pearson's Syndrome, an extremely rare condition.

Katie Bugg was diagnosed with Pearson's in January 2006, when she was 18 months old.

A visitation will be at noon today, with a memorial service at 1 p.m. at the Alaska Heritage Memorial Chapel. A funeral will be Wednesday at the St. Nicholas Orthodox Church in Chignik Lake.

Her family wrote: "Make A Wish Foundation sent Katie Bugg and her family to Disney World in May 2007, but for the most part she enjoyed simple pleasures, going for car rides, picking berries and spending time with family and friends. She was always at her mother's side.

Katie Bugg enjoyed going to preschool and graduated in May 2009 from Lakehood Elementary. Katie Bugg visited the hospital several times for extended periods and the family would like to thank everyone who helped over the years."

Katie Bugg taught everyone that life is best spent enjoying all you have.

Katie Bugg touched the hearts of everyone who knew her. Katie Bugg is survived by her mother Pamela, sister Nikita, brother Colton, father Donovan, grandparents Randy and Nina, grandma Diane and Patrick, Godparents John "Doc" and Jolene, Uncle Nick and Tanya, Uncle Jordan, great grandmother Effie, cousins Trevor, Shaylin, David and Raemie and many other family members who all loved her so. She was preceded in death by great-grandmothers Oxcenia O'Domin and Margaret Rood.

Published in Anchorage Daily News from Oct. 6 to Oct. 7, 2009