A Short Message About Sara...
After an 18 month battle with AML and ALL (two types of Leukemia), Sara passed away, at home, with family by her side on Monday morning,age 6.
Over the last 6 months her family spent many weekends doing the things Sara loved -- spending time at the beach, visiting her grandmother in the Bay Area, drawing, traveling, and many other things. We knew this was a possibility, but chose to cherish and celebrate her remaining life instead of holing her up in a hospital. That was the right decision.
The outpouring of support throughout this battle has been a truly inspirational miracle -- we have met more kind-hearted strangers than we could ever imagine, and received so much from generous supporters as we fought to bring Sara through her cancer battle. We hope that Sara's strength in the face of disease, love in the face misery, and smile in the face of pain gives each of you a new hope for what is possible.
Through the work done to save Sara, other patients will find marrow donors in the years to come and go on to live happy lives -- this is Sara's legacy, and for that we are so very grateful.
Thank you to each of you who have worked so hard for Sara, and please always remember that no child should go through what she has ... and that increasing the number of willing Asian donors will ensure that. Please support marrow donation, and cherish those whom you love.
If you'd like to leave any comments or share how Sara may have touched your life, please feel free!
Update (Tuesday, Aug 16)
For those who have asked, cards can be sent to:
PO Box 458
Three Rivers, CA 93271
For those who so desire, gifts can be made in Sara's honor to either of the non-profit organizations below, both of which went all-out for Sara, and continue to fight for other patients:
Children's Hospital - Central California
Asians for Miracle Marrow Matches (A3M)
231 East 3rd St. #G107
Los Angeles, CA 90013
Update (Wednesday, Aug 17)
There will be a memorial service for Sara on Sunday, August 28th near Visalia - all who have loved her or been touched by her are absolutely welcome to come ... we would love to see you. Please see here for details.
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