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Family brings hope, kindness to young
While most teenage girls are thinking of boys and makeup, along with
the strain of adolescence, Rayna Stewart was dealing with enormous
struggles — those of living with an incurable disease.
Rayna spent her young teenage years enduring many days and nights in
the hospital for treatment of a malignant brain tumor.
Despite her sickness, Rayna maintained a caring, giving spirit; while
she managed to always keep a smile on her face. At age 15 in 2007, she
lost her three-year battle with brain cancer.
Inspired by the care she received at Children’s Hospital, Rayna’s
family found a way to remember Rayna by helping to brighten the lives
of young people with cancer.
A Ray’z of Hope was founded by Sheran Stewart, Rayna’s mother, and
Kanani Stone, Rayna’s cousin; through which the first set of care
packages were presented to newly-diagnosed cancer patients in the
Children’s Hospital on June 27. These packages, provided by the two
women, included coloring books, crayons, journals, CD players, and
other quality-of-life items for the children of Rayna's former hospital
Providing a ray of hope, assuring these weary, sick youngsters that
everything will be all right, has become the organization’s mission.
For information about A Ray’z of Hope, visit http://www.arayzofhope.org.
Friday, July 11, 2008
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