Support for Sarah & Chris

"It is difficult to say what is impossible, for the dream of yesterday is the hope of today and the reality of tomorrow. "-Robert H. Goddard
 
During life's most difficult times people often don't know what to do, what to say,what's appropriate and what is not. There's no book that gives you all the right answers to life's most difficult questions. On behalf of our family, our heartfelt thank you to our amazing friends and family that have contributed to support Sarah & Chris.

On July 5th, son Christopher married his longtime love Sarah. Our family gained a beautiful daughter, sister,granddaughter,niece, cousin & friend. She had been such a long term part of our family, all that was left was to make it official. On July 31, Sarah lost her cancer battle.  Our hearts have a giant hole that we know with time will heal but we will hold Sarah there in our heart forever. 

We have established the Sarah Phenix Brewer Memorial Fund through our local bank-Rockland Trust.  As we continue to pay off bills, what remains will be used to establish a non-profit in her name to help families with a chronically ill child be able to attend summer camp at Dream Day on Cape Cod. 

Feel Free to Read Their Beautiful Story:
Christopher and Sarah met each other at Paul Newman's Hole in the Wall Gang Camp in Ashford,CT at the age of 13 and 14. They were part of the summer session for campers affected by oncology and hematology disorders,and in that short week,they developed a bond to last a lifetime. They rekindled their relationship in 2009 and haven't looked back since. Sarah, a two-time cancer survivor,developed a tumor outside her bladder that same summer, and with the support of family,friends and Christopher, she endured 28 days of radiation and was given a clean bill of health. She contined on to finish her Master's Degree in Occupational Therapy at Quinnipiac College, graduating in 2013.
As their relationship continued to grow,naturally it came back full circle to camp. They both began working as camp councelors at Dream Day on Cape Cod in the summer of 2011. Dream Day, located in Brewster, Massachusetts is a family camp for children with life threatening illnesses. Families spend 5 nights at camp with others who face a life of constant challenges raising a child with a chronic to life threatening disease. In the summer of 2012, Sarah was named the program director and Chris the co-director and director of facilities for Dream Day, and again for the summer of 2013Who better to understand the challenges children face than them? They stayed onsite as caretakers through the winters in their cozy cabin in the woods, deep in Nickerson State Park, together at their beloved Dream Day Camp. Their life revolved around camp. On Christmas Eve 2013, Chris asked Sarah to marry him after 5 years, they made it official!
Sarah worked as a paraprofessional at the Eddy School in Brewster with children with special needs while also working at Shaw's Supermarkets in Harwich.Chris worked on completing his Associates Degree in Environmental Studies at Cape Cod Community College while working nights at Shaw's. They both planned and hosted the annual Dream Day Christmas party,while preparing for the summer camp season of 2014.
In February 2014, after undergoing biopsies, Sarah was diagnosed with undifferentiated sarcoma after having a tumor removed from her bladder.Despite some surgical complications, the prognosis appeared to be bright. In early May, Sarah was readmitted to Boston Children's hospital to learn that the cancer had reoccurred and chemotherapy would be the only treatment. Radiation is not an option because of previous therapies, and neither is surgery given the location and the number of tumors.

With great sadness they both gave their notice that they would not return to their beloved Dream Day on Cape Cod for the summer session of 2014. Sarah's battle has become the priority, along with their marriage. In the face of it all, the one thing that still remains the most important to the two of them is to pledge their love to one another for as long as Sarah can continue to fight.
On behalf of Sarah & Chris's family & friends we thank you for your support.

Donations

  • Elizabeth Smith 
    • $80 
    • 69 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $50 
    • 70 mos
  • Jim O'Neill 
    • $100 
    • 71 mos
  • Del Dixon 
    • $100 
    • 71 mos
  • Ginny Sears 
    • $25 
    • 71 mos
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Organizer

Kelley Harrington Sorensen 
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