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8:02 am 6-27-2017

     My name is Sarah German. At 12 years old, my passion was rooted in my mom’s fight against cancer. My mom’s smile lit up the darkest of rooms, and her laugh was the most infectious laugh I have ever heard. When I was 4 years old, she was diagnosed with a rare, terminal cancer, Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma (ACC). I lived the next eight years learning my way around Carle and updating all the parents at school about my mom’s current health status. ACC is relentless and with the extremity of my mom’s case, we all knew that we were in a race against time. This led to a relationship with my mother that I will cherish forever.

     Even with cancer trying to push her down, she laughed her way through it. She never spoke a single negative word about cancer, never complained, and always tried to make the best out of the situation. While I did not inherit the first two traits, I did learn to make the best out of the worst situation. This was put to the test when I watched my mom take her last breath at 8:02 am on June 27th. While I watched my mother leave my life, I found my passion. I wanted to help others with ACC.

     Nine months later, CureACC was formed. At the time, it was just a small Instagram account lacking a true purpose, but since then has grown to what it is today. Not all families are as fortunate as mine to be able to afford the treatment necessary. My mom would have wanted others to receive the care and treatment that bought our family precious time together.  This brought me to CureACC’s true mission: funding treatment for others.  This is where you come in… If you are new here, take a look at the Community page and start a conversation to find and provide support.  If you share our mission, give here.  And, if you’ve been here for a while, thank you for everything. #CureACC