Anya's Army ~ "Stupid Cancer!"

A Memorial to Anya

On December 28, 2016, our beautiful, loving, sweet Anya passed. She is at rest now from her battle with cancer and leaves us with TONS of wonderful, personal memories and tributes from friends and others who she touched in her 11 years.

At age 9, Anya La Mar, a Pittsburgh area resident, was diagnosed with Ewing's sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer. After 12 months of remission the cancer returned and she once again faced multiple rounds of chemotherapy. A new path had to be taken as the cancer was outsmarting the chemotherapy and an immunotherapy treatment was then given on December 15, 2016. It was unknown at the time that Anya had a respiratory virus that ultimately added complications to her breathing. Anya was admitted to the hospital on December 16, 2016, with a high fever. The virus coupled with the lung tumors made it impossible for her to recover. After a 12-day hospital stay at Children's Hospital in Pittsburgh, she lost her battle. We intend to use donations to further the efforts of pediatric cancer support groups in Pittsburgh and research focused on sarcomas affecting children.

If donating, please go to our home page at and follow the PayPal link there for donations.

1. Make a music video for Anya ( is easy & fun!)
2. Post it on social media with the below text (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter,, etc)

" I’m #Dancing4Anya in her SECOND fight against cancer and I challenge (tag 3 friends) to join Anya's Army! You have 7 days to create and share a music video of yourself dancing on social media! Copy and paste this text when you post your video! Donate to Anya now: "

We've decided to reopen this fabulous site in hopes of raising funds for Anya's treatment and most importantly her spirits. Thanks to the Yonker family for organizing this fundraiser in the first place and for their assistance moving forward.  

As a West Allegheny Community and beyond, let's call up the troops of Anya's Army and show our support by fulfilling the Dance for Anya Challenge! 

Together we can make a difference, now is the time!  

Thank YOU,
Debbie Hamilton & Elise Sunseri

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Donations (225)

  • Jeff Warren
    • $100 
    • 7 yrs


Danielle Webb Yonker
Coraopolis, PA

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