Sarah Hughes made the world a better place; the Sarah M. Hughes Foundation is dedicated to following her lead. We seek to share the joy she brought us through targeted giving to cancer research, medical and educational scholarships, and financial aid to children in need. It is our goal to keep Sarah’s fire aglow and spread her light throughout our community.
Sarah Hughes was 7 years old and just completing first grade when she was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Her young world was turned upside down as she immediately went in for surgery, then to Houston, Texas, to receive proton radiation, followed by six months of intense chemotherapy at Seattle Children’s Hospital. Through it all she maintained her silly, sparkly personality. She attended school, played soccer with the Dragonflies, skied with abandon, and was dedicated to her family and friends.
Sarah handled her treatment well and never complained about her countless hours spent at the hospital. The entire staff at Seattle Children’s Hospital was incredible and Sarah received the best care available. After several months of “remission” Sarah’s tumor returned in August 2009. Sarah faced the terrible news with an incredible amount of strength and courage, ready to fight and continue to live her life.
After months of new and different chemotherapies, gamma knife radiation, and an enormous amount of hope and prayers, Sarah lost her battle against cancer and passed away in May of 2010.
Sarah’s sparkle continues to shine, and we are lucky to linger in her light.