Jasmina Anema, who captured the hearts of President Obama, Rihanna and thousands of ordinary Americans, lost her courageous fight against leukemia today.
The little girl was just six years old.
“Today, January 27, at 10:55 p.m., Jasmina lost her fight against leukemia,” her grief-stricken mother wrote to a sad group of supporters who that rallied around Jasmine’s worldwide, public campaign to find bone-marrow donors.
President Barack Obama himself commented on the sand news, releasing a statement:
Jasmina Anema was not lacking for celebrity support.
“It is with great sadness that Michelle and I extend our condolences on the passing of Jasmina Anema … she showed tremendous bravery, and her ability to remain positive was an inspiration to me and to all those she touched.”
Jasmina Anema’s story gained publicity last year when Rihanna made a public plea for bone-marrow donors to come forward. As a result, Destiny’s Child singer Michelle Williams, NBA star Paul Pierce and others joined the cause.
Jasmina received her transplant last year when a near-perfect match was found. But in September, her leukemia returned, though she always remained positive.
Rest in peace, Jasmina, and may your inspiring story give hope to others out there waging similar struggles, and to those who lend a hand to others in need.