I first met Sarah on my first day of Kindergarten. I was crying on the bus, and Sarah sat down next to me, and offered a tissue from her backpack. We were best friends since that moment. We took dance lessons together, were on the same soccer team, and of course the weekly sleepovers at either of our houses. In fifth grade, Sarah started complaining of stomach pains. We were in different classes in elementary school at that time and I distinctly remember her running to the nurse’s office right before lunch.
It was soon after that; Sarah was taken to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), and later diagnosed with a rare form of ovarian cancer. Sarah went through surgery and began chemo treatments. At times, she was exhausted, but that didn’t stop her from living her life. Sarah never acted like she was scared of treatment; she faced it with dignity and courage of someone well beyond her 11 years of age.
In March of 6th grade, Sarah was admitted to CHOP again. The cancer was back. The mass grew quickly and just before Easter that year, Sarah came home. All of her friends gathered for a toga party at her house (something we had been learning in school). During that party, Sarah was her usual self, even demanding that I put on a toga when I didn’t want to. However, Sarah passed away on Good Friday.
Of course, this foundation is very personal to me, but I’ve seen how they have grown since Sarah’s passing. Every year, the foundation hosts an annual soccer tournament. The 24-hour event raises money that the foundation then donates to fund ovarian cancer research at Jefferson Hospital. They also allocate a portion of the money to Hope Lodge, a location where cancer patients can stay while they are undergoing treatment.
Finally, and arguably the most important, the foundation strives to help families that have a member currently undergoing treatment for cancer. Last year, this meant taking a little girl to New York City. Other times, this meant paying for a family’s COBRA insurance for a few months. The Sarah Parvin Foundation strives to help individuals and families while keeping Sarah’s spirit alive. All of their fundraising activities are focused on having fun, while supporting a wonderful cause.
To learn more, please visit: www.sarahparvinfoundation.org
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