Sarah Delaney has never been the kind of girl to let anything slow her down.
The 2003 LHS grad who attended Donlin Drive Elementary and Chestnut Hill Middle School was senior class president, a member of the prom committee and heavily involved in school affairs. That didn't change after graduation; Sarah enrolled at Catholic University in Washington, D.C., where she majored in Spanish and took the school by storm. Despite terrible stomachaches that started in May of 2006, Sarah took part in a triathlon in October of last year and was preparing to train for another.
But on Nov. 8, 2006, everything came to a screeching halt.
That was the day that Sarah, daughter of C-NS grads Stephen and Barbara Delaney and sister of St. John Fisher freshman Rebecca, was diagnosed with Stage III Hodgkin's lymphoma.
But Sarah's getting the momentum going again, so amazing everyone with her strength that a benefit to be held Sunday April 29 at Liverpool High School in her honor is called "Sarah's Strength."
"She's always been this kind of kid," Barb Delaney, a teacher's aide at Long Branch Elementary and aerobics teacher at Gold's Gym, said. "She's a go-getter, very positive. She's doing great."
When Sarah first started getting stomachaches last spring, she didn't think much of it.
"I've had GERD [gastroesophogeal reflux disease] since high school," Sarah said. "I just thought I was overstressed and doing too much and I had another ulcer."
When the pain didn't go away, Sarah's boyfriend, Carlton, made her see a doctor in Washington. The doctor ordered an ultrasound. That's when Sarah first knew something was wrong.
"The tech was a really friendly, really nice guy named Steve," she said. "He was looking at one side and everything seemed fine. Then he looked at the other side and his whole demeanor changed."