ALLEN- Please join the family of Sarah Renee Lafferty as they honor the memory of their precious daughter at the 20th Annual Sarah Renee Lafferty Memorial Gospel Benefit. All proceeds benefit the National Children’s Cancer Society. The event will be held Saturday at Stumbo Park at Allen at 6 p.m.
Lafferty is the daughter of Pauletta Lafferty and Bennie Michael Lafferty. Lafferty has two older brothers James Michael, 27 and Nathan Lafferty,29 and a younger sister Madison Brooke Lafferty, 19.
Lafferty was born July 2, 1996. Her beautiful smile captured everyone’s attention. At the age of four months she was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL).
According to a published article on cancer.gov ALL is the most common cancer diagnosed in children and represents approximately 25 percent of cancer diagnoses among children younger than 15 years.
ALL occurs at an annual rate of 35 to 40 cases per 1 million people in the United States. There are approximately 2,900 children and adolescents younger than 20 years diagnosed with ALL each year in the United States.
Dramatic improvements in survival have been achieved in children and adolescents with cancer.
Between 1975 and 2010, childhood cancer mortality decreased by more than 50 percent.
After Sarah’s diagnosis she was admitted into University of Kentucky Medical Center in November 1996. Her mother stayed at the hospital never leaving her side.
Sarah came home for three weeks during February 1997. She returned to U. K. Medical Center, where she fought like a soldier.
Sarah passed away May 4, 1997. She was 10 months old.
Sarah’s family have honored their daughter every year with a Memorial Gospel Benefit. They have raised over $30,000 for the National Children’s Cancer Society in Sarah’s name.
Bring a lawn chair and enjoy an evening of Gospel Music in memory of Sarah. Concessions will be available. The event is free, and a love offering will be lifted to benefit the National Children’s Cancer Society.
For more information, please contact Pauletta Lafferty at 606-874-2259.
Andrea Saddler is a reporter for the Floyd County Times. She can be reached at 6006-886-