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Fourth Grade Student Inspires Giving
The Rea View school community would like to show support to one of our 4th grade students, Sarah. In May of 2014, Sarah was diagnosed with Leukemia. We have ordered blue bracelets and will be selling them for $5 each. Sarah helped design the blue bracelets, they say: Team Sarah – Lovestrong on them. The money raised will go towards showing support for Sarah and her family as well as will go towards the charity of her family’s choosing: Claire’s Army (http://clairesarmy.org) . They will be on sale in the school foyer each morning from 7:00 to 7:30 on Monday, March 30th to Thursday, April 2nd.
Sarah’s mom shared some thoughts on her daughter’s journey with cancer:
Sarah continues to take each day and phase as it comes and keeps an amazingly upbeat and positive attitude through it all. She is enjoying being back at school among her friends and getting to be a “normal” ten year old. Even though she is still on chemo daily and there are occasional hiccups along the way, Sarah is having more good days than bad. Her treatment will continue until August 8, 2016.
Sarah is the hero in all of this. Our daughter is an amazing, compassionate, empathetic and beautiful soul. She has taught us what courage really is, what resiliency looks like and above all else, how to live in the moment and accept what is…all of this at the age of ten. We cannot wait to see the amazing woman she will grow to be.
One of the organizations that made our hospital stays a little more comfortable, is an organization called Claire’s Army. During our time at Hemby’s Children hospital Claire’s Army provided us with a large bag from Thirty-one filled with items that were carefully and thoughtfully picked to help families manage their unexpected stay at the hospital. They also organized local restaurants to provide dinner free of charge to families one day a week. They are a group of dedicated and loving people who are committed to providing support to families battling childhood cancer. Here is a link to Claire’s heroic journey and the mission and goals of her “army”, http://clairesarmy.org. Our family is so grateful for their support and continued desire to help all those involved with childhood cancer.
Written by: Candace Purcell
Posted: Mar 23, 2015 by Jennifer Brown