Serena Faye Webster, 5, battled rare cancer

April 07, 2004

Serena Faye Webster, a 5-year-old from Dundalk whose battle with a rare form of cancer received community support, died Monday at Sinai Hospital.

Born in Summersville, W.Va., she moved to Dundalk with her parents when she was 4 months old. She was found to have Ewing's sarcoma a month later at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Serena Faye underwent several surgeries, multiple treatments of chemotherapy, radiation and a bone marrow transplant. Numerous community fund-raisers assisted her parents with medical expenses.

The Aberdeen Police Department, where her father, Michael Webster, is an officer, held a raffle and golf tournament. The Roman Catholic parish of Our Lady of Pompei in Highlandtown held a dance in her honor. There was also a benefit at Wetlands Country Club in Aberdeen, and a Southeast Baltimore thrift store sponsored a dance.

"She made it through three relapses of the disease," her father said. "She was a pure fighter."

Services will be at 10 a.m. tomorrow at the McComas Funeral Home, 50 West Broadway, Bel Air.

She is also survived by her mother, Kimberly Jones Webster; her fraternal grandparents, Allen and Helen Webster of Bel Air; and aunts and uncles William and Penny Middleton of Dundalk, Steven Jones of Dundalk and Louis and Melodie Webster of Bel Air.

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