On March 23, 1995, at the age of 17, our daughter Amy Johannessen was diagnosed with Acute Mylogenous Leukemia. She died on July 26, 1999 after multiple relapses.

While a patient at Hasbro Children's Hospital she and a friend began a support group for teenagers with cancer. It got off the ground with help from The Tommorrow Fund (www.tomorrowfund.org). This fund provides financial and emotional support for children with cancer who are treated at Hasbro Hospital, and their families. Each year, more than 90% of the children in Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts who are diagnosed with cancer are treated in The Tomorrow Fund Clinic. Amy was appreciative of the help they gave to the teenagers and wanted to give back to the hospital. On various occasions she enjoyed making chocolate lollipops at home and selling them in the Hasbro lobby with the proceeds going to the Tomorrow Fund.

Amy also became involved with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society doing fundraising telethons. In addition, she became an advocate for the National Marrow Donor Program where she volunteered her time at bone marrow drives searching for the perfect match for others suffering from leukemia. She also organized fundraisers for friends she met at the hospital to help offset family's expenses. Amy did all this with great love in her heart.

There isn't much a sick teenager can do when they are really feeling down and out from chemotherapy's effects. Sometimes Amy would color. She said that when she colored it reminded her of being a little girl. When she was in that mindset, she didn't think about all the teenage things in life she was missing.

Amy spent many days working on a particular project. It certainly was not an original piece of art, but only a 2' x 3' floral poster she splashed with vibrant shades of colored markers. But I thought it was beautiful. After she passed I considered donating the poster to The Tomorrow Fund Clinic in her memory, but I couldn't part with it.

Amy would have celebrated her 30th birthday on September 13th, 2007. We wanted to do something special to commemorate the day. Nothing would make her happier than to continue raising money for The Tomorrow Fund kids.

These Sterling Silver Murano Millefiori heart jewelry pieces symbolize the love Amy had for life, for family, and for friends. And like Amy, each piece is unique… …a one-of-a-kind!!! It is also a sweet remembrance of her heart of love floral poster.

Amy at 1995 Tomorrow Fund Ball
Amy and friends