MADISON, Ala. (WHNT) - It is with heavy hearts and sadness that her family announced Sasha Dison lost her battle and gained her wings at 4:00 Sunday morning.
She was surrounded by her parents, sister and her precious pets.
The fundraiser that bears her name and commitment to animals will go forward as planned on April 29th at 4:30pm to 7:30pm at the Station Bar and Grill in Madison. "Taking Care of Paws - Sasha's Way" is what she would have wanted.
See the article below for more information about this inspirational 9-year-old and how you can support her mission.
Sasha's Last Wish
A local girl is trying to make a difference in the world in the short amount of time she has left.
Sasha Dison has terminal cancer, but she's not worried about herself. She's worried about the creatures who have stayed by her side through it all.
"I love animals and I love to paint," said Sasha.
She knows she doesn't have much time left and is worried about medical bills. Sasha has rhabdomayosarcoma, a soft tissue cancer of the muscles. She is surrounded at home by her pets who help her escape her world of chemotherapy, experimental drugs and pain.
"During the day, I lay with my cats while they're sleeping in front of the window and talk to them," she said. Sasha has two cats, a bearded dragon, a dog and two frogs.
Her pets are rescues and as much comfort as they give her, their backgrounds remind her of those medical bills.
She has worried so much about them that she agreed to hold a fundraiser to raise money -- but she won't see a dime of the money raised.
"This is not for Sasha. This is all about the animals and their bills and helping those pets," said Beth Mumaw, a close family friend. "It's just very near and dear to her heart."
Mumaw is helping Sasha put together an event called "Taking Care of Paws Sasha's Way." It's April 29 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at The Station Bar and Grill in Madison. Click her for more information.
She and her friend Liz Cuneo are trying to fulfill Sasha's dream of leaving things better for animals like Rose, a rescue.
"She had been abused and this rescue organization cared enough to rescue her, get her to the vet, pay large amounts of money for all the care that she needed and there she was for me."
Liz and Beth share Sasha's hope for this fundraiser.
"That all stray animals that are sick will get better with the money," said Sasha. "The money will help pay for their bills. pay for their food and stuff that they need. We're taking in donations for pet beds, blankets, anything anyone can donate for the animals is what we're asking for."
In the three years Sasha has been battling her cancer, she has been trying to help animals. She's asked for donations of animal food instead of birthday presents. As sick as she is, Sasha knows there are many creatures subjected to terrible treatment at the hands of people who don't understand animals.
"Some people think animals don't have feelings. I want people to know that animals do have feelings. Animals mean the world to me," said Sasha.
Sasha is battling new complications with her cancer and has been sent home to live out her life under the care of hospice.
Her parents' only child, Sasha will be surrounded by her mother and father and her precious pets that she often calls her brothers and sisters.
She hopes the fundraiser will bring in enough to accomplish her goal.
"I wanted to help sick and injured animals get better so that they can get homes," Sasha said.
"It's been an honor to know her," said Beth Mumaw, through tears. "She makes me a better person. She really does."