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Keeping Abby Ladner’s spirit alive through a project for hospital patients

| April 25, 2014


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It’s been 6 months since 19-year-old Abby Ladner succumbed to injuries she sustained in a violent car accident last November. Family members are keeping her spirit alive through a new project by taking a tragedy and turning it into a blessing to help others. News Source 8’s Angela Christoforos has the story…

Abby Ladner’s mother Sare Giberson said, “When you experience a loss, you have a couple of choices. You can either let the loss overwhelm you, and then that be your focus or you can take that loss and see what good can come out of it.”

And that’s exactly what family members of 19-year-old Abby Ladner have done since they lost her to a devastating car accident in November. Both Abby’s mother and grandmother have been preparing bags with essentials, for people that have to spend an extended amount of time in the hospital like Abby did.

Abby Ladner’s grandmother Connie Jarvis said, “Just to have essentials even wipes to wipe your face, or hand sanitizer, anything like that would’ve been so helpful at that time because I think it was like 2 days before we even could get to anything like that.

Abby spent 3 weeks in the hospital before she passed away. Her mom wants to make sure anyone that goes through the same thing is prepared.

“We can let people know that they’re cared about, and even though something horrible has happened to not lose hope and to know that there are other people out there that have gone through the same thing and that they’re not alone,” said Giberson.

Every single detail of each bag down to the last stitch is created with in Abby in mind. They’ve already gotten enough donations to put together 75 bags, and want to start by giving 100 bags to local hopsitals. They hope donations continue so the project can grow.

“Abby was just such a life force, I mean she really was and just want to do this in memory of her so that her memory lives on,” said Giberson.

“I just know that my angel is looking down from heaven and she’s saying go nana go because that’s the way she was,” said Jarvis.

If you’d like to donate and help out with the project contact Sare Giberson at [email protected] or call 207-551-0326.

Abby’s family has also organized an annual scholarship fund in her name.


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