June marks a significant date as it is the month that Isabella lost her fight to neuroblastoma. This year will be 5 years since we lost her to this horrible disease on June 28th, 2012. The Santos family has been through their ups and downs in dealing with losing a daughter, sister, granddaughter, great-granddaughter, niece and cousin. But as you have most likely noticed, they have persevered… and they lead the push to fight for kids with cancer in Isabella’s honor. This month we will be sharing both the happy and raw times as we celebrate Isabella’s spirt and the legacy she left behind.
“I look at what she has accomplished in the last 5 years since I last saw her and it makes me so proud. It makes me think that we really must have done something right. All these years that we beat ourselves up on where we made a mistake or wrong turn that ultimately ended her life. But, maybe all those decisions were the right ones because they brought us to this place we are now, to a place where her legacy is outliving her actual life. It brings me to a place where somehow her death is making the world a better place for someone else.
This thought is something that helps me sleep at night because I know this is only the beginning. All of those pieces of her may be slipping through my fingers in my own life, but it’s building something bigger than me. She experienced all that pain, so that this wonderful thing could happen. And maybe now I have to experience all the pain to keep allowing it to grow. It’s the least I could do for her and I should feel honored to do it.
Not a day goes by where I don’t miss her. I still can’t honestly say I wish this never happened to us even seeing all the good it has done. But maybe that day is coming where I will understand it… I’m getting there. I just wish she were here to witness it all alongside me.” Isabella’s Mommy
While Isabella didn’t win her fight against neuroblastoma, you can honor her and help families and kids in the fight against theirs. For our 10 year anniversary and with a goal of $1,000,000 we are looking for 100 people to become part of ISF as a Sustaining Monthly Donor.