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Angie Sayers

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SAYERS Angie Sayers, our beautiful daughter, sister, grand-daughter, niece, cousin, aunt and friend, journeyed to Heaven after twenty magical years during which her family and friends marveled at her absolute delight at life and the many treasures it held. Angie dreamed of becoming a published author, graduating from Ohio State University with an English major, falling in love with a wonderful man and holding their baby in her arms. But the journey of Angie's life turned a different page six years ago when she was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma - a cancerous bone tumor that occurs primarily in youth and in the area of bone with the fastest growth rate. Angie's positive approach to her brave and often public journey fighting Osteosarcoma was an inspiration to family, friends and even total strangers and led many people to make changes in their own lives to be better people and to take up the challenge of fighting cancer. Angie recently wondered about her situation, "Would my friendships have been as rich? My family and I as close? Would I have learned the things about life that I now cherish deep in my heart?" Angela Denise was a cherished Christmas gift to her parents, born on a cold Michigan December morning in 1990. Pat and Terri raised their family in Grove City, Ohio, a little town just outside of Columbus. Angie attended Grove City Christian, Jackson Middle, and graduated from Grove City High School. Angie cherished all of her friends and especially three very special people, Lauren, Katie and Christina; but, it was her Mom who she cherished as her best friend and closest companion. Angie described this last year as exciting, with visits to family who live in Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, Washington, Hawaii and California. Angie had the fortune to add many people to her group of friends. Through the power and reach of A Kid Again, Caring Bridge, Chicken Soup, Facebook, emails, texting and news articles, she was able to share the message of her very personal journey. Angie was a talented and gifted writer inspiring others with her unique and positive outlook on life. Angie published many poems, a book titled "Illuminations" which was featured as a Best Seller on Blurb.com. Angie's "10 Steps to Moving Forward" was featured on chickensoup.com. In October, 2011, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Finding your Happiness will be published which contains an entry by Angie. The Grove City High School's Student Literary Arts Magazine created an annual Outstanding Poet award in Angie's honor which will recognize creative writing at the school. Angie's three brothers, Josh, Kenny and Michael, surprised her recently by writing her this note, "Angie, you have shown us that we are capable of so much more. We hope to God that we become half of the beautiful person that you are. After all of the newspaper articles, television interviews, and books - how can we even begin to describe how you have inspired us. We can only hope you know how much you have helped us in our struggles to be better individuals. We love you." Pat and Terri wish to thank all Family and Friends who have supported Angie during these past years. They would also like to thank the talented and loving staff at Nationwide Children's Hospital, in particular, Dr. Yeager, Stacy Whiteside, Dr. King, Dr. Mayerson, and the Hospice Staff for their tender care of Angie. Angie attended Grove City United Methodist Church where a caring congregation held "Pancakes for Angie" to help raise money to offset medical expenses. Angie is survived by her parents, Pat and Terri; brothers, Josh (Tara), Kenny, Michael; nephew, Jakub; niece, Jariekah; grandparents, Leo and Fran Burrell; Uncles, Aunts, Cousins and her many, many cherished friends. Angie will be deeply missed by her loved ones. Her parents leave you with these words that were written by Angie and published in her 2011 book "Illuminations," this was one of her favorite poems. "And Hope is like a song; A melody both good and true. It fills my heart and my soul; Now I, will always sing for you, So you can know it too." In lieu of flowers memorial donations can be directed to, "Angie Sayers" A Kid Again, 777 G Dearborn Park Lane, Columbus, OH 43085. http://www.akidagain.org "Your donations will help children with a life threatening illness enjoy some quality time together and have the chance to be A Kid Again" Today I'm living, and oh! My heart sings with joy for the days that follow. Life is precious, whether you have a straight road planned and stretched before you as far as the eye can see. Or whether, like most people, your road turns and bends into the undergrowth and you have no idea where it leads. Follow that bend, and your heart, no matter where it goes. Mine may go on, to places unmentionable, but everyone's does, eventually. All roads lead to the same bend, and although we can't see around the corner, I know there are people who have gone before me that will help me when I get there. Always, Angie. Family and Friends may visit on Monday, from 5-8 p.m. at THE SPENCE-MILLER FUNERAL HOME, 2697 Columbus St. Grove City (additional parking across the street at G.C. United Methodist Church). A Celebration of Angie's Life will be held Tuesday, at 10 a.m. at The Grove City United Methodist Church 2684 Columbus St. Grove City, with Pastor Dennis Miller officiating. Online guestbook at www.spencemillerfuneralhome.com
Published in The Columbus Dispatch on July 17, 2011
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