For those of you who have been following our blog a while, we introduced you to Jasmina back in November, when Camilla and I designed, made and were selling Tee Shirts to raise money for her. Jasmina was diagnosed with NK leukemia January 20th of 2009. During the year of battling the disease she captured the hearts of anyone who crossed her path. On January 27 at 10:55 pm Jasmina lost her battle. She was six years old.
We have know Jasmina since she was 4 months old and every time we visited NY she would make us fall in love all over again. I had always pictured Jasmina to grow up and become a diva fashion model, one who would rival Naomi Campbell. She loved putting on fashion shows and was so good at it too. I remember when her mom Thea was teaching her the fashion Alphabet A- Alaia , B- Balenciaga,
C- Chanel, D – Dior etc…
In December she was given the chance to meet President Obama through the make a wish foundation. “Jasmina showed tremendous bravery in the face of adversity, and her ability to stay positive throughout her battle was an inspiration to me and to all those she touched,”
Obama said in a statement released yesterday.
Even with of all the bouts of chemotherapy, Radiation, losing her beautiful long hair, shingles, sores in her mouth and tubes in her tummy, Jasmina was always optimistic and hopeful. Even when she found out she had cancer she told her mommy “mama, no reason to cry, think of something beautiful.”
We are taking a break from blogging for a while to go be with Jasmina’s mom, Thea. But maybe we can all learn from Jasmina, that even against all odds if you just “think of something beautiful” maybe it will pull you through.
The last time we saw Jasmina she was in the hospital and didn’t have her wig so she didn’t want her picture taken with anyone. But she drew this for Camilla, she loved Mermaids.
IN LOVING MEMORY
Valerie and Camilla