Medina High School binds reverence to tyro who died from ALS
December 21, 2016 - als
MEDINA, OH (WOIO) –
On Tuesday night, students during Medina High School respected a classmate they mislaid too soon.
A convene was creatively designed for 17-year-old Sierra Bland before a basketball game. But sadly, Sierra upheld divided over a weekend after a conflict with ALS.
So a convene incited into a tribute.
Students and relatives wore blue T-shirts that pronounced “Sierra Strong” on them. Blue was Sierra’s favorite color.
Friends like Kelsey Hunter remembered a good times.
“She was so caring and so certain about things,” Hunter said. “All a things she went through, she always saw a splendid side of things.”
Sierra started experiencing flesh debility and tremors over a year ago, though doctors struggled to diagnose her.
By that fall, she was regulating a wheelchair. Doctors diagnosed her with ALS, also famous as Lou Gehrig’s disease. ALS is a illness that indemnification muscles and eventually leads to stoppage and respiratory failure. It is frequency found in teenagers and mostly affects adults between a ages of 40 and 70.
“I can’t even pronounce about it we get so emotional,” pronounced Anita Hunter, Kelsey’s mom and Sierra’s neighbor. “To have a 17-year-old lady only demeanour during a universe so wonderfully, so positive. And this terrible illness only took her away.”
Sierra spent a final 7 months in a hospital. But she still managed to leave a large sense on those around her.
“She wore her heart on her sleeve,” pronounced Erica Melcher, a Medina High School parent. “She has been a many inspirational immature lady we have ever met. No matter what her struggles were, no matter what she had been through, she took each day and done it count.”
Sierra’s relatives did not attend a tribute, though classmates wish her family to know how most she was loved.
“It would be good if everybody could demeanour during a universe like she did, always demeanour during a certain and not a negative, no matter how bad things got,” Kelsey Hunter said.
A GoFundMe account has been set adult in Sierra’s name to assistance her family cover her medical bills.
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