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Savannah Hope (Swandal)

February 23rd, 2000 - March 21st, 2011

Savannah was diagnosed with Alveolar Rhabdomyosarcoma (Cancer in the legs and arms) when she was 5 years old. I grew up with her and we were really good friends. She went into remission twice but it never lasted for more than a few weeks each time. Her tumors were always getting worse and better so when I was told that her tumors weren't going to get better I didn't really think much of it since that was a conversation that I'd already had a couple of times before.

The gravity of the situation didn't really hit me until she got put into hospice care, which is when you go home and nurses take care of you and make sure that you aren't in any pain but there isn't anything else that can be done to fight the disease. The last time that I saw her, her legs were paralyzed and I had to leave her a little early because she started feeling a lot of pain all of a sudden.

Seeing her like that is a big part of why I think cancer research and helping people with this disease is important. But sympathy and pity aren't things that fight cancer. Hard work, research, and the money to pay for that research fight cancer. And it's a good fight, she was a good addition to the world and I'm glad I knew her.

-Grace Davis

 

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SWANDAL, Savannah Hope age 11 of Mt. Juliet, TN gained her angel wings on March 21, 2011 after a courageous 5-year battle against cancer. She was born on Feb. 23, 2000 in Hermitage, TN. She is survived by her mother and stepfather, Robin and Bruce Landes; father and stepmother, John and Taunya Swandal; siblings Luke Landes, Joey Fishbeck and Emma Swandal; grandparents, Robert and Lennette Beasley of Germantown, TN, Gary and Peggy Landes of Greeneville, TN, Bill and Paula Gates of Germantown, TN, Ron and Saundra Baxter of Alexandria, TN; great-grandmothers, Doris Beasley of Germantown, TN, Lucille Pick of Staunton, VA, Polly Dart of Memphis, TN; aunts and uncles, Lindsay Beasley of Plano, TX, Bart and Vicki Landes of London, OH, Shari and Bobby Collier of Olathe, KS, Deanna and Tom Chamberlain of Memphis, TN, Cameron Gates of Helena, AR, Lake Gates of Memphis, TN, March and Brett Mims of Memphis, TN, Tressa and Chad Flores of Watertown, TN and many other cousins and family members. She is preceded in death by grandparents, Preston Dart of Memphis, TN and Dorothy and Ed Hunt of Livingston, MT. Although Savannah's life on earth was short, she was a true inspiration to people near and far. Her amazingly positive attitude, sweet spirit, infectious smile, captivating blue eyes, witty sense of humor and bubbly personality quickly captured the hearts of many and changed lives forever. She loved spending time with her family and friends, listening to music, singing and dancing, going to the beach, anything having to do with fashion, playing games, enjoying the outdoors, peace signs and the colors purple and lime green. She was a 5th grade student at Mt. Juliet Elementary and even though she was unable to attend school on a regular basis, she worked very hard to remain on the honor roll. She was a member of Hermitage United Methodist Church where she served as an acolyte. She will always be greatly loved by her family, friends, acquaintances and all whose lives were touched by her. A Celebration of Life Service will be held 2:00 p.m. Saturday, March 25, 2011 at Hermitage United Methodist Church 205 Belinda Dr. Hermitage, TN 37076, with Rev. Allen Black and Rev. Chris Seifert officiating. Visitation will also take place at the church on Friday from 3-8 p.m. and 2 hours prior to the service on Saturday.

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Michelle Rossi (Wiegand)

April 5th, 1967 - March 31st, 2011

 My mom was diagnosed with Breast
cancer. She battled for awhile. Then the doctors told her she was free
from the disease.

She went into something they call survivorship a year long period
in which a cancer patient is checked upon monthly to see if she/he has
gotten rid of the disease. It took awhile but the doctors realized my
mom Leigh had'nt. She lived for awhile keeping it a secret from us
her children not wanting us to know the truth. But she could'nt hide
it from us forever.

She eventually told us I didn't think much of it at all to be
honest. Not because i was young but i figured and even said " Shes
been fighting it for 5 years she'll be fine." But obviously that was
not the case. After 7 years of fighting this.... horrid disease she
died. Exactly on March 31 2011.

This is the reason i fight back this horrid cancer thing. But I beg
of you do NOT waste your time sympathizing over people like me
ESPECIALLY me. Spend your time fighting back. For the ones who haven't
gotten hurt yet. Prevent what could happen. Donate to us to destroy
this "horrid disease" once and for all. Because all it will take is a
little cooperation time (And im not gonna lie) money

-Carter Wiegand

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WIEGAND
Michelle Leigh Wiegand , 43, passed away with her loving husband Brit at her side on March 31st, 2011 in New York City, NY after a courageous seven-year battle with cancer. Leigh was born April 5, 1967 in Dallas, Texas. She was a graduate of the University of Houston and worked 20 years for Pappas Restaurants.
Leigh is survived by her husband, Brit Wiegand; sons Carter 11 and Blaine 8; parents, Charles and Dorothy Rossi; sisters Rhonda Samperi and Sharen Groppell; brother, Allan Rossi; and numerous relatives and friends.
Leigh will be remembered for the love she showered on her husband and two wonderful sons, her commitment to Pappas, her intellect, quick wit, competitiveness, infectious laugh, for being the best friend anyone could ever have and her amazing perseverance.
The Wiegand family extends their gratitude for the unbelievably strong and unwavering support of the Pappas family and Harris Pappas throughout Leigh's seven-year fight. We thank Dr. Richard Theriault and the team at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center for their effort to exhaust every avenue of treatment in order to prolong Leigh's life. A special thanks to Tanya and Hank Matula for the support, sacrifice and friendship with which you have unselfishly blessed our family. 
Our family has been blessed with Leigh and those that knew her. The blessing of her cherished memory will be with us forever. May the peace of the Lord be with Leigh in the Kingdom of Heaven and with us all as we wait to be reunited.
Services will be held at 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 5, 2011 at Faithbridge United Methodist Church, 18000 Stuebner Airline Rd., Spring, Tx 77379, with visitation from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. prior to the service.

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