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Anna Lee Basso was born May 10, 1993 to Carol and David Basso. Anna was a sweet, shy “Momma’s girl” until middle school when she blossomed into an independent, passionate teenager. She was fun-loving, silly, thoughtful and empathetic. She developed a passion for music. Believing it was best when spun on vinyl, she began an impressive record collection. Her favorite band was Manchester Orchestra, and she found Modest Mouse’s “Float On” so inspirational, she had the title of the song tattooed on her wrist. With her ready smile and infectious laugh, Anna made lifelong friends often and effortlessly.
Anna was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma, a rare and aggressive form of bone cancer in November of 2009. She fought through an extensive series of chemotherapy and radiation, and emerged victorious. After facing a devastating relapse, she fought again. She fought to ensure that cancer did not define her. While her classmates learned chemistry, Anna learned the combinations of nausea medicine that could reduce the effects of the chemo and not interfere with her treatment. While other high school juniors read The Grapes of Wrath illustrating the Joad’s fight to survive the Dust Bowl, Anna, too, fought to survive. 18 months after her diagnosis, on June 8th, 2011, Anna passed away.
Maybe a few precious times in our life, if we’re lucky, we meet people who are driven to bring us together. These connecters are dynamic, they’re magnetic, and they’re absolutely unforgettable. Anna was one of these people. Voted Homecoming Queen, Anna was a friend to hundreds, and her life is treasured by so many.
During her battle with cancer, over a million prayers were pledged on her behalf. It seemed right, but also just natural, that Anna’s legacy should carry on through the people she connected. Anna, too, had a dream for what her legacy could be. Rather than pass along burned CDs of music she found significant, or fill journals with her wit and wisdom, Anna wanted to be remembered through a foundation bent on finding ways to defeat this disease and helping those affected by it. With that in mind, we created the 1 Million 4 Anna Foundation in January of 2012.
Please join us as we fight Ewing’s Sarcoma and remember Anna.
9th Annual Healing Hearts Invitational
Join us for an incredible day of golf while supporting the Children’s Advocacy Center of Collin County.
This 4-man shamble style tournament will be held on Monday, September 23, 2013 at TPC Craig Ranch in McKinney, Texas.
Tee off 12:30p.m.
The 8th Annual Black and White Ball 2013, benefitting the Children’s Advocacy Center is at 8 p.m. to midnight Sept. 22 at Bayou DeSiard Country Club. This year’s honorary chairman is Victor Cascio.
“This event is dedicated to the life and work of Victor Cascio. He has always been a champion for non-profits in Monroe. Through his article in The News-Star, he has promoted our Black and White Ball tirelessly through the years. The city of Monroe loves Victor, Marie and their family very much! Thank you for your kind heart, brilliant eye and warm spirit,” said co-chairwomen of the ball Sue Sartor and Kim Leija.
The gala will feature the band Soul Track Mind and a silent auction.
Serving on this year’s committee with Sartor and Leija are decorations chair Kelly Taylor, Laura Centola, Robin Erwin, Claire Gordon, Misti Hajj, Jennifer Lord, Arabella Montgomery, Mica O’Niel, Karen Oliver, Sayde Reichert, Angie Sager, Katherine Sartor, Amy Sawyer, Janelle Snellings and Debbie Stockstill.
The board of directors of the Black and White Ball are Sue Sartor, president, Charles Marsala, vice president, Wendy Giovingo, secretary, Kim Leija, treasurer, Effie Ifediora, Donna Nolan, Dr. Benjamin I. Oyefara, Dr. Barry Ricks, Angie Sager, Merion Sanderson and Kathy Victory
Guests are invited to come in their best outfits of black and white and black tie is optional. Tickets are $100. For information, call the The Center for Children and Families, 398-0945.
Harrison earns Eagle Scout
Hunter A. Harrison, 18, of Boy Scout Troop 27 in West Monroe was honored at a special Eagle Scout Ceremony on Aug. 18 at Faith United Methodist Church.
To earn Scouting’s highest award, Hunter had to earn 21 merit badges, serve as a leader in his troop, and complete a major community service project.
Hunter’s service project took place at the Northeast Louisiana Children’s Museum. Leading 18 scouts and adults, Hunter repainted the fire house exhibit as well as built skating aids for the ice skating rink.
Hunter has been a member of Troop 27, chartered to Faith United Methodist Church, for six years. He received his Order of the Arrow award June 2010.
Hunter is a senior at West Monroe High School. In the future he plans to enroll at Louisiana Tech University and major in civil engineering.
Hunter is the son of Stan and Rebecca Harrison of West Monroe. He is the grandson of Mike and Mary Rabb of Ferriday and Pat and Erma Harrison of Monroe. He is the great-grandson of Mrs. Theo Rabb of Ferriday and Mrs. J.K. Hazlip of Waterproof.
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