NYC funeral for 6-year-old Jasmina

January 31, 2010 4:07:52 PM PST
Kindergarten classmates sang "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star," Sunday afternoon, at the funeral for the little star with a giant heart. If it wasn't for six-year-old Jasmina Anema, thousands of people would not have become donors, and hundreds of leukemia victims wouldn't have gotten their second chance at life.

A chance her mother not only dreamed of, but fought for each and every day.

Last year, Jasmina's desperate search for a donor attracted celebrities like Kelly Rowland, Rihanna, and the Naked Brothers Band.

Jasmina even went to Washington to visit the President, bringing even more attention to the need for bone marrow donors.

A little more than a year ago, Jasmina was diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia.

Chemotherapy and radiation replaced her once normal days of chasing butterflies in the park with her adoptive mother.

"She had one mother who gave her life and brought her into this world, and for that we are forever grateful. And, she had another mother who gave her the world, and a lifetime of love and laughter packed into six years," said Karen, a family friend.

For months they waited.

A long wait was further complicated, because Jasmina was adopted and African American, making the pool of donors even smaller.

When we first met Jasmina last year, her long curly black hair had fallen out, she had developed painful shingles, and sores filled her mouth.

Then in May, she got a near-perfect donor match.

Jasmina lived much longer than what doctors expected, originally giving her just a couple of months to live.

Her year-long battle ended Wednesday night, but her inspiration still lives on.

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