Annie was diagnosed with non-rhabdomyosarcoma in July of 2009. She chose to be entered in a study at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA) in Seattle, Washington. This study treats advanced sarcomas aggressively. In January of 2010 she went into remission. At the six month scans, the cancer had spread to her lungs. She told her medical team that she was willing to do whatever it took to beat this herself, and to help other cancer patients by entering more studies. Annie lost her battle on July 29, 2011. She would have turned 19 on September 13th. We donated her corneas so that someone else might have the gift of music and art, like she did. She was a National Merit Honor Society Finalist, and had been accepted at both Reed College and Western Washington College before she died. She was known for her tenacity, and her grace, courage and strength. We still miss her every single day.
If you or a loved one has been impacted by sarcoma cancer, we encourage you to share your story. Sharing your story can be such an inspiration to others who are dealing with sarcoma in their own life and remind us all of the urgency to find better treatments in order to make an impact on the devastation that sarcoma cancer brings. Let your experiences help others become involved with raising awareness!