Hannah Ahrens

  • "Precious Angel Thank You Hannah you came to..."
    - Yolanda Thomas
  • "Caroline and family, We were so saddened to hear about ..."
    - Karen and Jim Jordan
  • "Caroline, words can not express the sympathy I feel for you..."
    - Ashley Lutes
  • "Caroline & family, I'm not sure why I was so lucky to have..."
    - L.B. Fishback
  • "My favorite memoriry of Hannah was getting my butt kick by..."
    - Mathew Wendell

Hannah Christine Ahrens, Sweet 16 forever, became an angel June 24, 2011 after complications from Protein Losing Enteropathy after receiving a heart transplant May 4, 2011 at Lucille Packard Children's Hospital, Palo Alto, California.

Hannah was born April 24, 1995 in Portland, Oregon, when she was diagnosed before birth with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome.

Hannah was like sunlight on water. Her smile brightened the day for everyone. Her teenage mouth in a pixie body took many by surprise and made them laugh. She loved cooking and eating and hoped to become a chef one day. She loved traveling and made many trips to Hawaii, Oregon, Arizona, Texas, St. Marten (enduring a category 2 hurricane), California, Washington and charmed the Irish when she was 17 months old. She was a true water child swimming with dolphins and whales at SeaWorld, San Deigo.

She sat high riding horses with Rainbow Connection every summer; loved bowling with her team at East High School, but Challenge Alaska gave her wings and a need for speed when she became too weak to ski by introducing her to the Sit-Ski, taking her to the top of Alyeska. Her huge smile seemed to be frozen on her face as she gave her assistants the signal for faster and faster. She loved spending weekends in Girdwood.

Hannah was the bravest and toughest kid we've ever known; enduring a lifetime of medical procedures, but determined to be mischievous and adventuresome when she felt up to it or just watching movies when she wasn't.

She is survived her parents Caroline and Dennis; sister Kira; brother Zach; grandparents Marilyn Anunsen and Alfred and Dorothy Ahrens; Uncles Chris and John; Aunt Jill and countless friends who's lives have been touched by the beauty and strength that was Hannah.

A celebration of Hannah will be held at St. John United Methodist Church July 21, 2011 at 4:00 pm. Bring memories and wear red, tie-dye or Hawaiian shirts. In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to Challenge Alaska in Anchorage for a new Sit-Ski or The Congenital Heart Information Network www.tchin.org in Hannah's name.

Published in Anchorage Daily News from July 15 to July 16, 2011