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In Loving Memory Of Sarah

In Loving Memory Of Sarah

Vital Villa's Deanovilla, a true Villa fan and friend, someone I've known for years on the forums, has suffered a terrible tragedy.

Please read this article and then make a donation, any amount will be appreciated, to help others who are in the same position as his beloved wife Sarah, who sadly passed away in February.

Deanovilla said:

'I'm not sure what you want to put on the site, but basically Sarah was born on March 14th 1980 and died aged 26 on 21st Feb.

We met on 15th April 2001 and fell in love almost instantly. She was just that kind of person, everyone she ever met fell in love with her and we are expecting approx 150 people to attend the funeral.

Despite her Cystic Fibrosis (CF) and all the treatment and pain she had to endure, she was very rarely seen without a smile on her face and she had the most infectious (some would say quite evil) laugh it was a joy to listen to.

The most enduring thing about her though was that despite living with Cystic Fibrosis her whole life and the constant treatment she had to go through and the constant pain she was in, she never moaned once! People really admired her for getting on and living a normal life, not expecting any kind of special treatment and it is truly not an exaggeration to say if you met her you wouldn't know anything was wrong with her, she was just so full of fight.

We got engaged in the Bahamas in April 2003 and went on to have her dream white wedding at Portmeirion in September 2005.

I'm really really going to miss her and it feels like a big chunk of my heart has been ripped away, but I have to console myself with the fact that she is finally in no more pain.'

Now onto where we can all help:

Deano continued:

'Throughout Sarah's life, and despite the best efforts of friends, family and Sarah herself to live as normal a life as possible, there was always a constant regime
which had to be followed to try and keep herself well.

This ranged from taking tablets, IV antibiotics, regular physios, plenty of exercise and 3 times a day she had to take a nebulised antibiotic which took approximately 20 minutes a time.

During Sarah's final 3 weeks, which were spent on the Cystic Fibrosis ward at Heartlands Hospital she was given a new nebuliser. This nebuliser was about a 3rd of the size of the one she had at home and also enabled her to do each nebulised antibiotic in approximately 3 minutes.

Had Sarah been given this earlier, or had the chance to leave hospital with it, it really would have been a life changing piece of equipment.

A person with Cystic Fibrosis spends so much of their daily life being treated, that to be able to save 1 hour a day in which they could live a normal life is an opportunity not to be missed.

These new nebulisers however are not cheap, at £700 a piece I believe, but hopefully with your kind donations we can give someone with Cystic Fibrosis and hour of their day back!'

The donations can be made to myself via Paypal - - or to be more official the funeral directors:

c/o Thos. Furber & Co. Ltd.
122 Station Road, Harborne, Birmingham. B17 9LS - UK
Telephone: +44 (0) 121 427 2233

So, Deano is trying to give something back when most would just sit in a room and hate the world. I'll kick off the donations with £50 on behalf of the Vital Villa site. Hopefully others will join in and see if we can't raise enough to buy at least one new nebuliser.

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:J P Fear
Date:Saturday March 3 2007
Time: 11:28AM


Our deepest condolences from all at Chelsea.
03/03/2007 12:11:00
This is awful, I'm really sorry for your loss Deanovilla, almost in tears reading that. I don't have much but I will make a donation.
03/03/2007 12:30:00
My Deepest condolences Deano.My brother has a similar illness and I have seen many young cystics and understand the nebulisers, physio and IV's.It is a constant part of his life.May the man upstairs give you the strength and the love you need at this time, as you shared your life with a truely strong and special person.
03/03/2007 12:42:00
Really is sad, words can't help console Deanovilla that much but I am genuinely sorry for your loss. I have to say I shared Bud's thoughts when reading this. It puts things into perspective doesn't it..... I'll put a link to this article in the vital blackburn forum, hopefully others will do the same as I'm sure there are enough of us (no matter what team we support!) that can all help do our bit for someone else.
Hughes Da Man
03/03/2007 12:45:00
Condolences Deano, I can't imagine what it would be like to loose my wife and am very impressed by your desire to make something positive come out of a tragic situation. I can't give much but I will give what I can.
Villain Of The North
03/03/2007 14:43:00
Have had the donation from Bud (Vital Rangers) will paypal it today Deano.
The Fear
03/03/2007 14:44:00
I am deeply sorry for your loss Deano.
03/03/2007 15:06:00
my deepest condolences may sarah rest in peace
03/03/2007 16:27:00
The Fear & Deanovilla, tragic loss - speachless but a big difference can be made collectively I am damn sure. Could we approach the club for further support on such a cause possibly trying to raise further awareness through matchday programmes etc etc. Surely they would want to be involved in and give their support for such a cause? Just a thought???????
03/03/2007 17:49:00
Condolences from myself and Celtic.
03/03/2007 18:28:00
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