Lodi Believes in Sarah

Sarah and her husband, Ben. Picture from Sarah’s  Go Fund Me .

Sarah and her husband, Ben. Picture from Sarah’s Go Fund Me.

You might be asking yourself, who is Sarah? Sarah is from Lodi. She is a wife, a mother of two, and as you can see in her picture, she has an infections smile. You’ve probably seen a lot of fundraisers for Sarah popping up over the last month. From Rick’s Pizza Nights to 5 Windows to lemonade stands, people in Lodi are coming together to support Sarah. So who is Sarah and why are so many people in Lodi coming together for her?  According to her Go Fund Me account, on October 15th Sarah suffered from a brain aneurysm, lived, and is now at UC Davis.

“On October 15th the Sarah we know and love suffered a brain aneurysm. After being immediately taken to the local hospital, she was then airlifted to UC Davis.

She has since had a team of excellent doctors, family and friends by her side as she fights. Sarah had two surgeries within the first 12 hours of being admitted and is now sedated. The damage caused is still unknown.

She will remain in ICU for the next two weeks. During this critical time, doctors will determine the effects of the aneurysm.  It could be a long road to recovery for Sarah.

Ben and Sarah will have extensive medical bills and are already missing work. They will need support in a number of ways. Let's try to alleviate some of the financial stress and allow them to focus on Sarah's healing.

Check here for updates on her progress because we know that if anybody can do it, Sarah can! She has one of the biggest hearts any of us will encounter, lets open ours to Sarah, Ben, Norah and Sophie while they are all on this road to recovery together.”

If you check out their Go Fund Me, you’ll find family pictures of Sarah, her husband Ben, an their two girls Norah and Sophie. You’ll also see an “Updates” section of the page where the family has been able to share Sarah’s prograss.

I don’t know Sarah, but I do know, without a doubt, that woman is very loved. People have pulled together from all over the community in record time to support this family. It’s nothing short of awe inspiring. She’s clearly someone who has touched the lives of people all over Lodi, and the amount of love and donations pouring in tells me her heart was just as warm as her smile. Supporters from all over are holding fundraisers and sending donations so the family can focus on what’s most important, Sarah’s recovery, instead of worrying about bills. This story gives me faith in my community and faith in Sarah and her family.

There’s a quote from Mr. Rogers I think of a lot, and it fits well with this story. “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.”  There’s a few ways this family could have reacted to this devastating event. They could have given up and said, “why us?” or they could fight. Sarah and her family chose to fight. When they made that decision, friends and family in Lodi said, “We’re with you.” What happened to Sarah is upsetting and scary, but she’s fighting. And because she and her family chose to fight, you will find people all over who are helping.

Stories like this give me faith. Seeing the overwhelming amount of love and support flowing in for Sarah give me faith. The fact that Sarah has signs of progress give me faith. I didn’t know you could survive a brain aneurysm, but here’s Sarah, showing signs of improvement. She has a will to live and her friends, family and neighbors are here to hold her hands and pull her up. Pray or send good thoughts for Sarah and her family. Visit their Go Fund Me page or one of the many fundraisers going on in Lodi. In this season of gratitude be thankful she is strong and be thankful we live in a community like Lodi full of loving helpers.

The next fundraiser for Sarah will be a lemonade stand Sunday, November 11th. Details below. Also follow the hashtag #SarahStrong for ongoing fundraising efforts.