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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:

Ruehling Family
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
http://www.childrenscentralcal.org/Giving.asp?ID=14

Asians for Miracle Marrow Matches (A3M)
231 East 3rd St. #G107
Los Angeles, CA 90013
http://www.asianmarrow.org/donationsa3m.htm

 
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.

Jane
 *82 20:04 - 03.15.2006
 United States of America
- Anti-spam Number: 42
My heart goes out to your family. I lost my son 3 years ago yesterday and am now joined into a club that I never wished to belong to. My prayers are with all of you during this horrible time. Look to God and remember....those in Christ never say goodbye for the last time.

Monica
 *81 23:14 - 01.28.2006
 United States of America
You don't know me and I don't know you, but my family is part of an FCC in Little Rock, AR, and my heart goes out to you. I know several little girls from China and I am close to many and it would tear me apart for something to happen to one of them. I cannot begin to understand your grief, but my prayers are with you.

Monica
future big sister to:
Reese
Paperchasing...

Nancy Muller
 *80 16:26 - 01.19.2006
 United States of America
Dear Ginger, Robert, Kelsey, and Verna,

I was so very sorry to hear of Sara's death last summer. As a parent, I cannot begin to imagine how you go on day to day without her presence in your lives. The way you lived your lives together and found ways to make positives out of the lousy hand she got dealt were inspirational. My heart and very best thoughts go out to you all.
Fondly, Nancy (of Truk; Will and Carolyn Muller's daughter)

Eric & Nancy Archer
 *79 09:44 - 01.05.2006
 United States of America  archerswebhome.com
Our heart goes out to you and friends of Sara. Nancy and I are blessed to have two girls from China, ages 2 and 4. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Eric Archer,
father of:
Jessica Jia Wei
Elizabeth Bo Yuan

Jennifer & Rich Augi
 *78 13:54 - 01.02.2006
 United States of America
We do not know you personally but have a daughter from China and know the blessing of adoption. I also work in the death care field and wish to extend our deepest sympathies to you and your family. We will remember you in prayer and pray for God's richest blessing and His peace to be upon you.
Hugs, Jennifer

The Foley Family
 *77 09:50 - 12.31.2005
 United States of America
So sorry about your loss. May the memory of Sara help find bone marrow matches and cures for other children. We have a friend (age 10) who is battling leukemia, and have been trying to raise awareness of the need for bone marrow testing through our local FCC. Much luck and wishes to you for the new year.

Malia
 *76 11:13 - 12.03.2005
 United States of America
hey sara,
um, i didn't really know you but my friend is adopted from china and she told me about you. Also, my grandma died form leukemia so i know what it's like. so, i wish i knew more about you!

Malia

Marybeth Imsho
 *75 05:38 - 11.30.2005
 United States of America  waitingforJiaLi.com
From one parent to another.. I send our prayers, thoughts and love as the Holiday season approaches.. We adopted our daughter this past June, and we can't image the pain and loss you feel. Please know the red thread will continue to live on within you.. to Sara

Dusty Ruehling
 *74 22:31 - 11.03.2005
 United Kingdom
I am sorry to hear about the loss of your daughter; I know she must have been very special to you. It seems that, as I read the other entries on this page, that she was special to many others as well. Through her life, she has touched the lives of both those who knew her and those like me who have only heard about her.
As the days continue, I just want you to remember that God, the Holy One of Israel, is there by your side; He knows your sorrows and pain. You can "cast your anxieties" to Him, for He is our rock, our fortress, our deliverer. God has gotten me through some extremely difficult times in the past, and He has continued to watch over me, a wretched, rebellious sinner. I just want you to know that He is there for you, he "cares for you". Even though He may seem distant at times, He has never left your side. Now, I hope this doesn't sound too preachy; I don't mean this to be a sermon but instead a letter of comfort and love. In any case, though, I'll be certain to remember you in prayer. Thank you again for your efforts and your passion for your daughter; this is an inspiration to us all.

"Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles , so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God."
2 Corinthians 1:3-4

Mary and Lowery Collins
 *73 13:30 - 09.17.2005
 United States of America
We were touched to read about Sara and her battle with cancer. Our daughter, Anna Laurin, who we adopted from Korea at age 4 months also died of cancer (nueroblastoma) at age 6. She had a autologous bone marrow transplant using her own marrow but the cancer returned after 14 months. We are thankful for the short six years we had with her. She recieved wonderful care as I'm sure Sara did and both girls were dearly loved.
You are in our prayers. Reading about your loss brought back so many memories and a few tears. Our daughter died July 28th, 1988.

Sincerely,

Mary and Lowery Collins
Carrollton, GA



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