A whole new world

Lara Hamdan, Editor-in-chief

Many come and go in this world. But when one leaves an impression, they will never be forgotten.

Sophomore Deyana Hamdan,15, passed away on Dec. 31. She had been battling cancer since December of 2009. In the eyes of many, she was the true inspiration for hope and strength.

“She changed our lives,” said freshman Maisa Awawdeh, who is also Hamdan’s cousin. “She was just so positive about everything.”

Friends and family grieved over the news of her passing. Some of her close friends and relatives also made Facebook pages dedicated to Hamdan, which have received more than 800 likes.

One of Hamdan’s close friends, Amaly Yossef, a college freshman, visited Hamdan often and painted her as indescribable.

“I can’t even begin to describe the kind of person she was,” Yossef said. “She was the most caring and loving person, and her beautiful smile will never be forgotten. Deyana was such a fighter; she put Muhammad Ali to shame.” One of Hamdan’s favorite songs was “A Whole New World” from the Disney film Aladdin, since she came so far battling cancer.

Along with staying strong and hopeful, Hamdan also wanted to spread her positivity and hope around. She was involved in organizations to help raise money for child cancer awareness. She also would make flower bouquets from tissue paper and sell them to donate the money to help find a cure for cancer.

She even helped set up Hats On Day here at North last fall to help raise child cancer awareness and money for the Friends With Kids With Cancer organization. The effort raised more than $200 for the charity.

“I think this just shows how amazing of a person she is to go out of her way and help make a difference in anyway she can,” said teacher Ms. Raciti, who helped Hamdan in setting up Hats On Day.

Deyana Hamdan left a touching memory in their hearts and is a symbol for true strength and hope. Her bright smile will always motivate her loved ones to stay strong.

“The memories that we have created and shared together will always and forever remain in my heart,” Yossef said.