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Rae, Rachel Dawn

Rae, Rachel Dawn

Rae, Rachel Dawn

November 11, 1974 – August 14, 2010

This is my sister Rachel and her “infamous hat”. Rachel was a young, vibrant, larger-than-life artist/teacher.  She moved to China right after graduating university and fell in love with the people and the culture. She stayed until in Feb 2009 when she found herself in hospital with what she thought was a migraine. She was diagnosed with grade IV glioblastoma multiforme and was immediately flown home to Ontario for treatment. 
Even though her life as she knew it was over she was determined to not only fight but to win. She researched every piece of info she could find on diet, naturopathic treatments, clinical trials etc. She dyed her hair purple for 2009 and blue for 2010. She had many friends all over the world and she continued to travel as surgery/chemo/radiation treatments permitted. She arrived back from NYC only a day before going into hospital for the last time. 
Her hat came via airmail from China from a dear friend. Rachel thought the hat needed a “little something extra” and proceeded to glue eyeballs on to each tentacle. She wore her hat proudly all through the winter of 2010 and many people stopped her to ask about it and she took the opportunity always to share a bit of her story. In her last few months as the tumor began to affect her sight, memory and ability to walk she still believed that she would beat this, she never gave up hope…
We all admired her strength and determination and she will be missed by all who knew her.



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