Sarah F.

Condition: Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia
City, State: Ashland, OR
Club: Ashland High School Sparrow Club Service Hours: 1999.5
Date Adopted: 2/22/2012

Sarah's Story:
On March 9th, 2011, life changed dramatically for then 14-year-old Sarah Florig, an outgoing and athletic teenager and member of the cheerleading squad at Ashland High School. After several weeks of not feeling well and several trips to the doctor, Sarah was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, a fast-growing cancer of the white blood cells that the body uses to fight infections.

Sarah immediately went to Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in Portland, where she began her two and a half year treatment plan consisting of high dose chemotherapy along with additional medications. Shortly after beginning treatment, Sarah had a neurotoxic reaction to some of the drugs, which resulted in Sarah losing the use of her arms to paralysis, along with losing the ability to talk.

Sarah’s inner strength and never-give-up attitude helped her get through the time it took to regain the abilities she lost. Now, at 15 years old, Sarah is more determined than ever to beat cancer and to be an example of hope and strength to others in the process. She continues to have chemotherapy treatments (and spinal taps) once a month and will do so until July of 2013, nine days before her 17th birthday. By the end of her treatment, Sarah will have received over 100 chemotherapy treatments, 57 spinal taps, and two painful bone biopsies.

Sarah still attends Ashland High School but does most of her studies online. She likes to stay active, spend time with friends, loves to dance, and loves to travel.

Through her battle with cancer, Sarah’s love of life has not diminished in the slightest. She encourages those around her not to take life for granted, but to live in the moment, fully aware that this life is a gift to be grateful for.

Money raised for Sarah by AHS students, through community service and fundraising projects will help pay for uncovered medical and travel expenses, along with helping offset the cost of basic living expenses as Sarah continues to fight. The AHS Sparrow Club is made possible by the generous club sponsorship of TC Chevy.