Isabella’s Journey

Her battle with the blood disorder, Thalassemia Major.

by Serafina Sammarco

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Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 13/02/2014

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 5.5x8.5
Page Count : 120
ISBN : 9781452586175
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 5.5x8.5
Page Count : 120
ISBN : 9781452586151

About the Book

Isabella Marie Sammarco (Oct. 7th, 1971 – July 29th, 1986)

Isabella was known by her family and friends for her tremendous zest and respect for life; with a sparkle in her eyes and a contagious smile, she taught those around her to appreciate their lives and to love one another.

Although she was very much aware from an early age that her life would be short, this knowledge did not stop her from living with a purpose and making each day count.

Isabella was diagnosed at eight months with Thalassemia Major – a genetic blood disorder – that required her to have regular, monthly transfusions to survive.

She fought vigorously to overcome the numerous obstacles that she encountered during her brief life, until her small body could fight no more. Isabella died two months short of her fifteenth birthday. This book is the heartfelt, truthful account of a brave soul and her dedicated family. It is a story that will touch all who read it and inspire those looking for guidance and hope.

About the Author

Born in Calabria Italy, immigrated to Canada at age twelve - the eighth of nine children. Married for forty-four years to Pasquale Sammarco, and mother of two children. Held a career in the insurance industry for twenty years as an Accredited General Insurance Broker.

Founder and president of the Vancouver Thalassemia Society of British Columbia. Past president of a woman's lodge in the Italian community, doing volunteer work for the Vancouver community. Serafina cherishes family and good friends and loves to engage in intellectual and meaningful conversations.

Loves to dance with husband Pasquale and special group of friends. Enjoys long walks in nature to help clear the mind and restore the soul.

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