It was August 12, 1995 when I got a call from my brother telling me he and my sister in law were about to be parents again. A couple hours later I got the news that a beautiful baby girl has joined our family. Sarah Elizabeth Poulin had finally arrived. I could not be more excited to see her.
I finally got to meet her the next day. As I expected she was in fact beautiful and perfect. It was great to spend time with her and her big sister. Doing all the things an uncle gets to do. Play, hug and just enjoy.
Well, three months later I get a call from my mom saying that Sarah went to her 3 month checkup with the Dr. They found a lump on the back of her head and they believe she may have leukemia. The next day the results came in. The answer is YES on Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. Needless to say that news hit my whole family very hard. What followed were months of chemotherapy and radiation. Then thanks to an amazing guy whom we never met, she got her bone marrow transplant.
It was during this time I was going through my own health issues and was not allowed to visit as much as I wanted to. Eventually she started to do very well. We all were starting to feel good that maybe she would come through this. In August My brother and sister in law had a huge 2nd birthday party for her. Over 80 people showed up. She was starting to not feel so good at this point.
We learned few days later that the leukemia had returned. There was a lot of fear that this is not going to turn out well. She started back on chemotherapy treatments to prepare her for a second bone marrow transplant. Then on November 10th I got the call I was expecting while at me job. She had died.
It is unnatural to go to a wake and funeral of a 2 year old. What were we to do? How do we help my brother, sister in law and Sarah’s big sister Mary. I invited them to come and be a part of their first Relay For Life events. Come and see what its like. Well that was helpful to them. See so many people who don’t know you but supports you. It is my belief that Relay is all that is great about the human spirit. It has been my mission to keep Sarah’s memory alive. Which I have done. If anyone who knows me does not know about Saarah then you probably don’t know me well.
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