Sergeantsville United Methodist Church
Thursday, July 27, 2017
Open hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors
The SUMC Community passionately supports St. Baldrick's, a volunteer-driven charity committed to funding the most promising research to find cures for childhood cancers and give survivors long, healthy lives.
 
WHY?
 
  • More children are lost to cancer in the U.S. than any other disease—  in fact,more than many other childhood diseases combined
  • Before they turn 20, about 1 in 285 children in the U.S. will have cancer.
  • Worldwide, a child is diagnosed every 3 minutes.
 
 
 
This year many will shave again on September 25th
from noon to 5 p.m. at the Sergeantsville Fire Company
 
We fundraise as the team
Rays of Hope
in Memory of Rayanna Rose
Rayanna Rose was so much more than cancer diagnoses, treatments and medications. She was a bright, strong, loving and energetic little 8 year old who wanted to be a "normal" little girl going to school and church,going to her Girl Scout meetings, birthday parties, she wanted to ride horses and care for her pets.
 
She wanted to meet Justin Bieber and she loved all things purple and sparkly. She truly cared about people. She was a fighter at 3 and she continued that fight for 5 long years.
 
Just weeks before her passing she was, once again, inpatient at MSKCC and it was Girl Scout cookie sale time.
She sold over 300 boxes of cookies from her hospital bed.
 
She knew the names of all of her medications, what they did and when they were to be taken. As with most of the children with cancer, she was wise beyond her years and was sensitive to all around her.
 
The loss of our sweet baby Ray shadows us daily. What would she have become . . . doctor, lawyer, president?
What she did accomplish and what she understood about life in eight short years some people never grasp in a full lifetime.
 
Rayanna was a true blessing to all she touched. Our only prayer now is that someday through research there will be no children or their families experiencing this pain that follows the words "your child has cancer."
 
 
 

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