WAYNESBORO, Pa. — A Waynesboro woman who championed organ donation after receiving a heart and lung 13 years ago is being remembered by family members for her ability to live life to its fullest.
Sara M. (Henke) Edelman cherished family, her job, Girl Scouts and transplant causes, her husband and parents said.
“She’d never tell you when she couldn’t keep up,” said Chris Edelman, Sara’s husband.
Edelman died Nov. 5 at age 33 when undergoing one of her final treatments for cancer. She developed post-transplant lymphoma that was diagnosed in fall 2009.
Even after a second tumor was discovered in her chest, Sara tried to live the same lifestyle. She served as a matron of honor in a friend’s wedding and hosted a sleepover for Girl Scouts from her Rouzerville, Pa., troop in her last weeks.
Sara’s mother, Pauline Henke, said her daughter loved being physically active after receiving the heart and lung in 1997. Sara, who had been diagnosed with congenital heart disease when only 3 days old, climbed a tree and ran with her cousins when the new organs gave her energy.