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Lisa Rose
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Dear Friends

It is with great sadness I have to let you all know that sweet baby girl Andrea Elder passed away yesterday afternoon May 10th. I recieved this letter below this morning from her friend Maya.

Such the sad news.

Lisa Rose


Good morning Lisa,

It is with deepest sadness that I inform you that we said our goodbyes to Andrea yesterday afternoon. She was hospitalized last thursday as she had been experiencing severe increased respiratory failure. After a long struggle, her loved ones decided that living in the ICU attached to a respirator is not what Andrea would have ever wanted. Serious deterioration had taken effect and her lungs had completely blackened. Even with the insertion of a stent in her lung on tuesday, there was no effect.
The viewing will be tomorrow and the funeral will be held saturday.
I am so sorry and it is very hard for all of us to accept.
Like I promised Andrea, I will never stop fighting for the cause.
Please feel free to contact me if you should ever wish (514)293-9446 or at Colorectal Cancer Association 1877-50-COLON.
All my best to you Lisa.

Maya Volpato

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Thank you Lisa for letting us know. Now we grieve the loss of someone so sweet, loving, smart and very tender.

We must continue to fight this disease.


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I never got the chance to get to know Andrea , But when I was first diagnosed I remember reading a lot of her post. And feel like I knew her . Her SPIRT and Her "I CAN "!!! She brought to this board will live on forever !!!
My Heart goes out to all Her Family and friends..
"May the Lord Bless her and Keep Her"

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Lisa, I also never got to know Andrea, but from reading posts about her always got the feeling that there was something special about her. Can you tell us a few things about her, for those of us not fortunate to have gotten to know her?

I wish the best for her family and loved ones.


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Words can not describe how special Andrea was/is. I have never learned so much from someone so young. I hate that this horrid disease took her from us but I am honored to have known and learned from her.

Lisa P.

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Rodney, per your request, this is what I know about Andrea...

She was a young lady, early 20s. She prided herself on being tough and brave, despite all that was thrown her way. She wore mini skirts in the coldest of winters, and thongs to colonoscopies! She was working on her doctoral degree and was quite the smart cookie!

The world is empty without her...


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Cut & Paste the above in your browser, and that will also let you know what type of person she was...


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I am deeply saddened to hear of Andrea's passing. I always looked forward to reading her posts, and I have missed seeing them lately. Through it all, she had the most amazing, upbeat outlook on life. Very tragic and unbelievably sad...

Deepest Sympathy~

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I googled her and found a nice article on her and her fight. You can find it at http://www.mcgill.ca/reporter/36/13/stein/.

I think I'll roll up in a cornor somewhere for a good cry now. But I know she's in a better place now, without pain and suffering.


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Thank you for posting this. I read a lot of her earlier posts when I first joined this wonderful site. I know she is an angel now and at peace. My prayers go out to her family..Audrey

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I'm so sorry to hear of Andrea's death. Her posts were always so uplifting and inspiring.

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Yet again we are brought to tears with the passing of someone special on this forum. Andrea was so full of spirit and determination and will always be an inspirational memory for all of us. She fought a brave battle and is now at peace.

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Andrea was one of the first people to respond to my first post to this board last year. I told several people of her encouragement to me to
"Just keep swimming!!" (Dory from Finding Nemo).

It made me laugh and feel stronger.

It's very sad that such a gem has passed.

My thought and prayers are with her family and many friends,

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As it sometimes happens all of us here are fearfull when one of our own fails to post and I have no doubt that everyone, like me had concerns when Andrea was not posting. Questions were often asked here in the past few months as to her whereabouts and her health. Knowing Andreas great attitude and her determination to continue to fight her cancer and continue her studies I am sure many of us hoped and prayed that her studies kept her from us. Sadly I was mistaken...very sadly mistaken. Andrea inspired me by replying to my very first posts such a long time ago. For all of us here her courage must live on in our own quest to "kick but".
Sleep peacefully baby girl.
Thank you Lisa ....the news is sad....but we honor Andrea by following her example.
Ross and Jen

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Wow what person I wish I could have met her! I needed a good cry.

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The world has a hole where our Sweet Baby Girl used to be.

Every time Andrea posted you could feel the room brighten up in here. I always felt like I was running over to hug her when she showed up.

Her spirit and attitude was enviable and we were all the better for it.

She would disappear for times and we always rested assured that she was swamped in schoolwork. I would fuss at her for working so hard and not taking enough time to rest and heal, but how does one "pin a wave upon the sand"?

Our Sweet Baby Girl truly lived life to its fullest. I'll never forget her talking about having to deal with her boyfriend and her "bag". It surely didn't stop her!

Yes, Andrea was special. You could feel it--it was not "virtual" at all. It was tangible.

Sweet Baby Girl, may you dance in freedom for eternity. Thank you for being in my life.

peace, emily who grieves for Nettie and Andrea now.

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I did not know Andrea, but I am very saddened by the news. She was so young. It sounds like she was a real fighter.

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Cancer sucks. I hate this disease!!!!!!!!!! I just get so angry when this monster claims another one of us.
No more suffering, no more pain, Sweet Baby Girl. You fought so hard. May the angels be with you. Terri

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I'm sorry I never met her...so young...such a waste...

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Andrea holds a special place in my heart. She was one of the first ones to respond to my first post and her reply was so full of hope, as almost all her posts were. She has left her mark in this world and it is a huge, beautiful one. She will be missed, but not forgotten.

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I remeber Andrea well. She was so full of life and did it all knowing she was terminal. She had emailed me many times when I was thinking of the ostomy surgery. She had been through so much and still had a great attitude. She was so young to have to deal with all this. She will be greatly missed.


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This sucks!! Cancer sucks!!


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Andrea you will be deeply missed here and everywhere! My heart and prayers go out to you, your family and friends. You were and will forever be inspiring to all of us here.

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My heart is aching... everytime I see the title or read more about her, I cry.

I feel like she was taken too soon, I only hope she is at peace. We all need to keep her within us and remember all she represents: strength, hope, courage, maturity, support...

I miss her. jana

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Thank You Lisa, As I sit here crying my eyes out I know my SHERO is in a better place. THANK GOD ALMIGHTY SHE IS FREE AT LAST FREE AT LAST,NO MORE Pain NO MORE SORROW. My little ANGEL is GONE.

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Lisa, thank you for letting us all know, and mourn together. Thank you, Stacy and JADot, for your research. The world has been diminished.

Andrea set the gold standard for facing fear and embracing life. I feel very lucky to have had her in my life through this board and will do my best to keep her spirit with us.


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