LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – Thursday morning was bittersweet for staff and children at Piney Chapel School and very difficult for one first grade teacher in particular.
The staff placed a marker at the base of a small dogwood tree planted on the campus in memory and honor of Sasha Dison at the end of the 2013 school year.
Sasha passed away earlier this year, at the age of 9, losing a hard fought battle with cancer.
Her mother, Larissa, teaches first grade at Piney Chapel and had taken time off to be there for her only daughter during her treatment.
Today, August 14th, Sasha would have turned 10 years old.
Larissa Dison said that seeing the tree sometimes gives her comfort, sometimes not–it just depends on the day.
Sasha’s teachers described Sasha as a very loving child who loved animals and people, but especially animals. She and her family set up “Taking Care of Paws – Sasha’s Way”, which they to collect food for dogs and cats. Sasha made many donations to local animal rescues and shelters.
Her family plans to keep Sasha’s passion and dream alive by holding a gathering this Sunday afternoon at Dublin Park in Madison.
They’re asking families to come by between 3pm and 5pm to play at Kids Kingdom, enjoy treats and games and bring a donation for pets — food, supplies, or cash.
Larissa Dison says she plans to do this every year around what would have been Sasha’s birthday.