Tuesday, September 9, 2014

KSL News Story: Community steps up to help grieving mother

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PLEASANT GROVE — A community stepped up to help a mother grieving the loss of her daughter. Michalla Beardall, 19, lost her battle with leukemia earlier this summer.
“She had a love of life, had so much energy, artistic, talented,” said Terri Call, Michalla’s mother.
Michalla was diagnosed with leukemia the summer after she graduated from high school. She spent 18 months on and off at Primary Children’s Hospital where she underwent treatment. During her time at the hospital, she was a source of strength for other patients. Her mother told about a 5-year-old girl recently diagnosed with cancer.
“She started losing her hair, and Michalla was already bald, and showed her you can still be beautiful,” said Call.
Beardall drew a picture for the girl of Disney princesses without any hair. At night, Beardall would walk the halls and write notes to each of the children.
“I was just pleading with the Lord, 'How can you do this to all these little kids who need Michalla here?'” said Call.
Call prayed for a miracle, but the miracle she hoped for never came. On June 15, Beardall's year-and-a-half battle with leukemia ended.
“The whole week they just kept telling us she’s not going to get better, just say your goodbyes. But I don’t know how you ever say your goodbyes to a child until the minute she stops breathing, just to still think a miracle is going to happen,” said Call.
The family now has thousands of dollars in medical bills. Mary Lynn Boren, a neighbor, held a yard sale on Saturday to help cover the costs.
“When you really need something, people come,” said Boren.
She said three yards were full of donated items. In one day, she raised just over $6,000.
* Donations to help the Call family are being accepted at any Utah Community Credit Union under the name Michalla Beardall.
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Here are the comments from the online article:
"She sounds like an amazing young woman! I am very sorry for the family's loss. May peace find her family."

"I have a 16 year old daughter that looks just as vibrant and alive as Michalla did. I can't imagine the loss for this family. So glad community is coming together to help. What a beautiful legacy of service and love she left for those kids at Primary Children's."

"We just lost our 33 year old daughter and mother of 4 to Leukemia in July. Such a horrible disease. I feel for Michalla's family and the pain they must be going through."

"Heartbroken by your loss, but so uplifted by this story of the community coming to your aid. As a fellow mother of a medically complex child, my heart goes out to this beautiful family!"

"Heaven has a true angel !! What a beautiful soul !!!"

Teri B.
"Thank you all for your kind comments. It has been the love of family, friends, and even strangers that has gotten me through this tough time. Love, Teri (Michalla's mom)"

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