A former 2nd grader at our school has passed away.
Her name was Gema. She was in 2nd grade at our school last year and in April was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor.
This year, had she been well enough to attend school, she would have been in 3rd grade. She was a dear, sweet little girl with two older brothers who also attended our school. When she was diagnosed, the whole family moved to a larger city nearby so that she could receive better treatment for her cancer. She and her brothers were pulled from school. Our entire school prayed for her and her family.
Tuesday, she died.
She was 8 years old.
Not that it makes much difference, but today we donated to her family's account, The Gema Chavez Charitable Fund, so that her parents may better afford the funeral services.
Today, our principal said this when telling us about Gema's death---
"Life on earth with our family and friends is very precious. Please unconditionally love one another each and every moment, for we never know when we will no longer have the opportunity to be together."
I cannot think of a more important message.