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DARAH REJOSEPH

Born: May 04, 1999

Date of Passing: Aug 18, 2013

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DARAH RENEE JOSEPH May 4, 1999 - August 18, 2013 It is with deepest sorrow that we announce the passing of our dearest sweet Darah after a two year long courageous battle with Ewing's Sarcoma. Darah's story of her quiet yet fiercely valiant fight with cancer touched many hearts around the world. She will be greatly missed but never forgotten. Left to cherish Darah's memory are her mom Dana Hoffman (Brad Wood); dad Dennis Joseph (Amalia Albanito); sister Haley Joseph; great-grandma Jean Belluk; grandma Jan Hoffman; papa Ron Hoffman; grandma Rolande Joseph; step-sisters Marlee Wood and Samantha Wood; step-brothers Aaron Albanito and Charlie Wood; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Darah grew up in Lac du Bonnet and eventually moved to Selkirk and then finally to Beausejour, making many friends along the way through school and sports. She had a love for sewing, baking and crafts. She loved her special doggies and always had them by her side to comfort her during her tough times. Darah's passion for fishing was evident by her many angling accomplishments, most of them achieved during her battle with cancer. She recently received a special award for multiple Master Angler species in Manitoba waters. Prior to her diagnosis, Darah was an elite athlete competing in many sports. She played ringette and soccer since the early age of three years old and most recently, she belonged to the Manitoba Maple Leafs AAA Hockey, Selkirk Steelers Hockey, Royals Club Volleyball, and competed in the Hershey Provincial Track and Field qualifiers. Her ability to play competitive sports came to an abrupt halt when she broke her leg running in a 100 m sprint qualifier in June of 2011. This broken leg led us to her cancer diagnosis, multiple treatments of chemotherapy, radiation and a rare rotationplasty amputation surgery to preserve function with hopes of playing sports again one day. This past May, Darah was asked to try out for the Canadian National Sitting Volleyball Team in Edmonton. She trained hard several times a week with aspirations of making it to Rio for the 2016 Paralympics. Just days short of her try-out, Darah was stricken with a fourth relapse of cancer. She was determined to fight until the very end with her Never Ever Give Up (NEGU) attitude. Even with no cure available, Darah remained determined to try some of the newer treatments that were available at the MD Anderson Cancer Centre in Houston, TX. Only weeks before her death, she and her family drove to Texas to seek this treatment. Unfortunately, the cancer became far more aggressive than the drugs that were used to treat it. It was Darah's last self-less wish to have her tumors harvested and sent to the Children's Oncology Group for research purposes to help find a cure for this rare childhood and young adult cancer. We would like to give special thanks to Darah's Pediatric Oncologist, Dr. Geoff Cuvelier, Nurses Michelle Morton and Cathy Bourne, Child Life Specialist Dawn Kidder, Dr. Ken Brown of Vancouver Children's Hospital, Dan, Doug and Becky of the Rehabilitation Centre for Children, the Pain and Symptom Management Team and the rest of the staff at Children's Hospital CK5 Ward and Cancer Care Manitoba for the limitless support, care and comfort over the past two years. We would also like to thank the Children's Wish Foundation, Hockey Manitoba and VL Ranch Children's Ride for Wishes for allowing Darah's dream to come true. She was granted her wish to Hawaii in February 2013 during her last brief stretch of good health. A private family Interment has taken place. A public come-and-go Celebration of Life will take place in the Brokenhead River Community Hall at 320 Veterans Lane in Beausejour, MB on Friday, September 6, 2013 from 6:30-9:30 pm. All are welcome to pay their respects. In lieu of flowers or gifts, please help find a cure and donate in Darah's name to the Ewing's Cancer Foundation of Canada 72 Rockport Crescent, Richmond Hill, ON L4C 2L8 Richard Wojcik of Wojcik's Funeral Chapel & Crematorium, serving Beausejour, 204-268-2263 wojciksfuneralchapel.com
Publish Date: Aug 24, 2013

DARAH RENEE JOSEPH May 4, 1999 - August 18, 2013 It is with deepest sorrow that we announce the passing of our dearest sweet Darah after a two year long courageous battle with Ewing's Sarcoma. Darah's story of her quiet yet fiercely valiant fight with cancer touched many hearts around the world. She will be greatly missed but never forgotten. Darah is survived by her Mom Dana Hoffman (Brad Wood), Dad Dennis Joseph (Amalia Albanito); sister Haley Joseph; Great-Grandma Jean Belluk, Grandma Jan Hoffman, Papa Ron Hoffman, Grandma Rolande Joseph, stepsisters Marlee Wood and Samantha Wood, stepbrothers Aaron Albanito and Charlie Wood, numerous aunts, uncles cousins and friends. Darah grew up in Lac du Bonnet and eventually moved to Selkirk and then finally to Beausejour, making many friends along the way through school and sports. She had a love for sewing, baking and crafts. She loved her special doggies and always had them by her side to comfort her during her tough times. Darah's passion for fishing was evident by her many angling accomplishments, most of them achieved during her battle with cancer. She recently received a special award for multiple Master Angler species in Manitoba waters. Prior to her diagnosis, Darah was an elite athlete competing in many sports. She played ringette and soccer since the early age of three years old and most recently, she belonged to the Manitoba Maple Leafs AAA Hockey, Selkirk Steelers Hockey, Royals Club Volleyball, and competed in the Hershey Provincial Track and Field qualifiers. Her ability to play competitive sports came to an abrupt halt when she broke her leg running in a 100 m sprint qualifier in June of 2011. This broken leg led us to her cancer diagnosis, multiple treatments of chemotherapy, radiation and a rare rotationplasty amputation surgery to preserve function with hopes of playing sports again one day. This past May, Darah was asked to try out for the Canadian National Sitting Volleyball Team in Edmonton. She trained hard several times a week with aspirations of making it to Rio for the 2016 Paralympics. Just days short of her try-out, Darah was stricken with a fourth relapse of cancer. Darah was determined to fight until the very end with her Never Ever Give Up (NEGU) attitude. Even with no cure available, Darah remained determined to try some of the newer treatments that were available at the MD Anderson Cancer Centre in Houston, TX. Only weeks before her death, her and her family drove to Texas to seek this treatment. Unfortunately, the cancer became far more aggressive than the drugs that were used to treat it. It was Darah's last self-less wish to have her tumors harvested and sent to the Children's Oncology Group for research purposes to help find a cure for this rare childhood and young adult cancer. We would like to give special thanks to Darah's Pediatric Oncologist, Dr. Geoff Cuvelier, nurses Michelle Morton and Cathy Bourne, Child Life Specialist Dawn Kidder, Dr. Ken Brown of Vancouver Children's Hospital, Dan, Doug and Becky of the Rehabilitation Centre for Children, the Pain and Symptom Management Team and the rest of the staff at Children's Hospital CK5 Ward and CancerCare Manitoba for the limitless support, care and comfort over the past two years. We would also like to thank the Children's Wish Foundation, Hockey Manitoba and VL Ranch Children's Ride for Wishes for allowing Darah's dream to come true. She was granted her wish to Hawaii in February 2013 during her last brief stretch of good health. A private family Interment has taken place. A public come-and-go Celebration of Life will take place at the Brokenhead River Community Hall at 320 Veterans Lane in Beausejour, MB on Friday, September 6, 2013 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. All are welcome to pay their respects. In lieu of flowers or gifts, please help find a cure and donate in Darah's name to the Ewing's Cancer Foundation of Canada, 72 Rockport Crescent, Richmond Hill, ON L4C 2L8. Richard Wojcik of Wojcik's Funeral Chapel & Crematorium, serving Beausejour, 204 - 268 - 2263, wojciksfuneralchapel.com.
Publish Date: Aug 21, 2013

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Aug 24, 2013

Condolences & Memories (21 entries)

  • Darah, we will remember your strength and courage, we admired you so much!!! Fly free now. - Posted by: Marko and Paula (fellow patient at BCCH) on: Sep 10, 2013

  • My deepest sympathy to the family of this very beautiful and brave girl........many she rest in peace. - Posted by: Lenore Chartrand () on: Sep 06, 2013

  • please accept my condolences and know that your daughter's story touched my heart and her fierce courage and strength. may God be with your family. - Posted by: Tracy (stranger) on: Aug 29, 2013

  • "When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight." I followed Darah's journey on Caringbridge and was touched by her strength at such a tender age. She will be with you always, in every thought, tear, smile and memory. - Posted by: Angie (Caringbridge follower) on: Aug 27, 2013

  • The Members and Volunteers of The Ewings Cancer Foundation of Canada send our most sincere condolences to the family of Darah. May peace be with you all at this sad time. ECFC - Posted by: The Ewings Cancer Foundation of Canada () on: Aug 26, 2013

  • It is with deep sadness that I send my respects and heartfelt sympathies to the families of Darah. She truly was an inspiration and a beautiful soul. - Posted by: Tina Pernica (Founder/President of The Ewings Cancer Foundation of Canada) on: Aug 26, 2013

  • My deepest sympathies to the family. She was a remarkable girl. - Posted by: Janette Morrison (Member / Volunteer The Ewings Cancer Foundation of Canada) on: Aug 26, 2013

  • Dana, Denis and families, Our deepest condolences to you all. May you find peace and comfort in one another in this most difficult time. With love, Tracy, George and Alex. - Posted by: Tracy Zwarych (nee Hoffman) () on: Aug 22, 2013

  • May the "Peace of Christ" be with us all A big family hug, with Dara in the middle - Posted by: Marion Stangl Miller (Cousin ) on: Aug 22, 2013

  • R.I.P Darah My deepest sympathy is with you and your family. I am so sorry that you had to leave this world. You will always be remembered by us all. <3 God bless. - Posted by: Danielle (My Lil Sis Friend ) on: Aug 22, 2013

  • I AM SO SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT YOUR LOSS. I KNOW VAL, AND SHE IS A GREAT PERSON, AND SHE HAS A BIG HEART AND THAT HEART IS CARRIED WITH DARAH. I HAVE LOTS OF ANGELS THAT ARE WATCHING OVER YOU ALL AND YOUR FAMILY. GOD BLESS!! - Posted by: SHELLY ALLISON (FRIEND OF AUNTY VAL) on: Aug 21, 2013

  • So sorry for your loss. I wish you and your family strength during this sensitive time. - Posted by: Denomme Family () on: Aug 21, 2013

  • Darah you had a strength way beyond your years. you are an inspiration to all people. thank you for your great testimony you are now resting in the arms of our Lord with no pain. you will be sadly missed. thank you for being you, a real princess - Posted by: Larry & Loretta Becker (cousin) on: Aug 21, 2013

  • We are so sad to hear of Darah's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, during this difficult time. Rest in Peace Darah. - Posted by: Holly, Darryl and Lexie Kopp ((Manitoba's Maple Leafs Hockey Team)) on: Aug 21, 2013

  • Dana, Brad, Dennis and Haley, our most sincere condolences to all of you at this very difficult time. One can only imagine the heartache you are all feeling. We met Darah and all of you through the Maple Leafs Hockey program and will always be inspired by the inner strength not only Darah displayed but all of you. Every time we met you, you took the time to say hello and never once did i ever hear you feel frustrated or tired. Dana, we followed Darah's battle on the caringbridge website and we would like to take the opportunity to thank you for sharing your journey with our family. It is very difficult for all of us to understand why it had to be Darah. Your regular journals answered many questions that our daughter Annaliese had during Darah's battle. But the strength and never give up attitude will inspire all of us for the rest of our lives. Dana, I know that Darah's attitude is a reflection of yourself. You should be so proud of yourself and your family for raising such a wonderful daughter. It is so sad that we won't have the privilege of watching her grow up but we will make sure that her memory lives on forever. We will all try to be Invincible. - Posted by: Lana, Jeff and Annaliese Meier and family (friend/hockey player) on: Aug 21, 2013

  • Our sincere condolences to the family. Although we were not close to Darah, our prayers were always there for her. We love you. - Posted by: Rene & Frances Joly (Uncle & Aunt) on: Aug 21, 2013

  • My deepest sympathy. I was so moved by the generosity & obvious love in this young soul's heart. It takes a special kind of person to want to give of themselves so that it may help others. May you find peace in knowing that she has left a legacy of love. - Posted by: Elaine (Reader) on: Aug 21, 2013

  • Darah will forever be remembered for the special girl she was and for the great strength she possessed. She has touched many in her short life. She is and will continue to be an inspiration to many. She will always be remembered with a smile on my face. Deepest sympathy to the family on their great loss. Know that through memories she will always be with you. Everyday I know she will let you know that she is still with you and will be always. - Posted by: Sabrina Taylor (Friend) on: Aug 21, 2013

  • Your daughter's strength and courage is an inspiration to all. my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Losing a child is the hardest cross we must bear. may God's love along with family and friends comfort you as you grieve the loss of precious daughter - Posted by: mary schwolman (family friend) on: Aug 21, 2013

  • Rest in peace my warrior cousin!!! - Posted by: Lise Brisebois (Cousin) on: Aug 21, 2013

  • Darah you were such an inspiration to us all ...you apparently got your strength from your mom and dad!! I'm sad you're gone but I'm glad you are in no more pain! RIP Miss Darah...we all love you xoox - Posted by: Marianne Fisher and family (friend ) on: Aug 21, 2013

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