Thursday, February 14, 2008

Sadness All Around

This past Saturday, Kaela DeJesus, a twelve year old seventh grader attending William G. Rohrer Middle School in Haddon Township, NJ tragically passed away after battling pneumococcal meningitis. Apparently, what started as an earache quickly manifested into a non-contagious strain of meningitis, taking her young life within 48 hours.

Kaela’s mother, Danielle, happens to be my daughter’s Little Gym teacher and, though we’ve only known her a few weeks, we do know that if she shows half the care and compassion for her own children (Kaela was one of five) that she does for all the small strangers she works with each week, she is truly a loving, doting mother. Our hearts grieve for her in this tragedy…words fail us.

So, it does not need to be said, but mothers- hold your little ones tight. This is a horrible loss that no mother should ever endure.

Rest in peace, little miss.
***UPDATE: For those of you who inquired the family is requesting that, in lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Haddon Township Board of Education, for a scholarship in Kaela's memory, mail to 500 Rhoads Ave., Westmont, NJ 08108. For e-condolences please visit www.jacksonfh.

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