Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Remembering Ayisha

Do you remember this beautiful North Penn graduate Ayisha Hussain, who was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma, a bone cancer that originated as a tumor in her spine, in 2010?
The girl who, though battling cancer, fundraised for Children's Hospital of Phialdelphia and the Ronald McDonald House?

Unfortunately, Hussain lost her battle to cancer yesterday and while her family celebrates her life at the North Penn Mosque today, we are reminded that we can show our love and faith in this girl's courageous fight by honoring her memory.

"Cancer took Ayisha's life this morning, but she kept fighting and kept smiling the whole way through," friend Alison Wallach wrote in an e-mail to us. "Being featured on the Lansdale Love blog meant so much to her to reach as many people as possible with her message of hope and awareness."

Hussain and her good friends, organized by Melissa Ronnan,  continue to work to raise money for the Ronald McDonald Family Room at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Purchase a T-shirt or make a donation in Ayisha's name to the cause that will help better facilitate the families who are spending time in the hospital at the sides of their sick children.

"I love to spend a lot of time at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia having sleepovers with my Ayisha. The first time I ever slept over we were wondering the halls of the oncology floor late at night," Ronnan wrote on the fundraising page.

"Every time I went there I saw what life was like living in the hospital. I was only there over night, these families are there for months. This made me want to step up and find a way to get donations to fill the Ronald McDonald Family Room's cabinets. This wish list provides donations from individually wrapped snacks to kitchen supplies. There is definitely a way we can make this happen, but with your help," Ronnan wrote.

This project is something Ayisha started with her friends - a simple cause of something she saw could benefit families like hers.
Ayisha this past May.

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