CAMP HILL, CUMBERLAND COUNTY—Sarah Sheaffer, a 24-year-old girl in Cumberland County was looking forward to being on her favorite TV show, Pay it Forward.
"Paying it forward was something that she just giggled and laughed, that was her ritual," said her mom, Suzanne.
Sarah had Dermatomyositis and Cerebral Palsy and could not walk, she suffered all her life.
Just a few days before Fox43 agreed to help her and shoot the segment to air, Sarah died.
In the last hours before her death she made her mom, Suzanne, promise that she would Pay it Forward.
"She (Sarah) said you have to finish what I wanted and I said Sarah I will do whatever, she said you have to help Jen, you have to Pay it Forward," recounted Suzanne.
So Suzanne and her other daughter Kayte head to Manorcare Health services in Camp Hill, where they surprise caregiver Jennifer Vancho.
Jennifer is the activities director there that always went out of her way to make Sarah smile and has just lost her home to a fire.
Sarah was always concerned for her caregiver's wellbeing after she lost everything to the fire.
"She was very special, she was an angel, she should be here right now, but that's not how God wanted it. I get my house back, but I don't get Sarah back," said Jennifer.
Suzanne Sheaffer wants to help research funds for the diseases that Sarah suffered so that no parent would have to bury their child.
If you would like to help:
Sarah's sister Kayte has a fund that assists with this, it is called Helping Hands:
or send a check to:
The Arthritis Foundation:
3544 N. Progress Suite 204 Harrisburg 17110
If you wish to contribute to the family's medical bills and funeral expenses:
Visit Metro Bank and contribute money to Suzanne Sheaffer.