Arielle and Diane flew to Bethesda, Maryland and spent the next three years fighting the horrific disease. Diane and Ugo bought a home in Coconut Creek in 1998. After years of traveling for chemotherapy, radiation, stem cell recovery, limb salvage surgery, multiple operations and dozens of blood transfusions, and all of the treatments and side effects that go along with fighting cancer, the cancer was still too aggressive and Arielle passed away on January 19, 2001, at the tender age of eleven!! :(
Not only was Arielle's cancer journey painful physically and emotionally, it was also a huge financial burden on the family.
Many family and friends came together and organized a few fundraisers to help with the some of the cost of Arielle's treatments and airfare.
Diane opened up a trust fund and before Arielle passed away, Diane promised Arielle that she would start a children's cancer foundation to help other needy families who have children fighting cancer and to this day, Diane is keeping that promise!!
Rest In Eternal Peace Arielle Corinne Anacker!! May your memory forever be a blessing!!