Tomalis, Anna Leigh

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August 19, 2008

On Friday, August 15, 2008, in the love and embrace of her sisters and parents, ANNA LEIGH TOMALIS of Clarksville Maryland passed away at home after a valiant and graceful three year battle against a very rare form of liver cancer. Anna's zest for life was an amazement to all. From spending time with her family and friends, going horsebackriding, watching or playing sports, to her love of fashion and style, she treated each day as a gift to be lived to its fullest. She left her mark in all that she did and accomplished time and again things that others deemed impossible. Anna used her illness as a tool to help others. Although sometimes shy before crowds, she overcame her trepidation to speak across the region at charity or other events to help those who were fighting the battle against cancer. Anna also worked with members of Congress and others to try and make it easier for patients who have limited options for treatment to have access to promising yet experimental drugs. In her efforts, she would not let her struggles stop her from helping others. This past spring, when confronted with the news that the fourth different chemo treatment had failed and that her cancer was spreading, Anna went out and organized and sponsored a blood drive that saved the lives of 180 people. Through it all, she had a joyous smile and an infectious laugh that comforted all. Anna was born June 23, 1995, in Baltimore Maryland, and lived the first 6 years of her life in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. She is survived by her loving sisters Megan and Julia and parents Liz and Ron, of Clarksville; by her grandparents Doris Tomalis of Camp Hill Pennsylvania and Jack and Lucille Aellen of Mount Airy Maryland; and by a treasure trove of aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. She was preceded in death by her grandfather Albert J. Tomalis, Jr. Visitation will be 3 to 8 on Tuesday, August 19 and Thursday, August 21 at the Witzke Funeral Home, 5555 Twin Knolls Road, Columbia MD. A celebretory mass will be held at 10 AM Friday, August 22 at the St. Louis Church, 12500 Clarksville Pike, Clarksville MD. In lieu of flowers, the family asks donations to be made to the Casey Cares Foundation, 3918 Vero Rd Suite C, Baltimore MD 21227 or the FJC/Liddy Shriver Sarcoma Initiative, 17 Bethea Drive, Ossining NY

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