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The Harper Drolet “Courage, Strength, and Hope” Playground

Harper Elizabeth Drolet  was born to Amy and Jamie Drolet on June 26th, 2000. They joined Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in 2001 and, four years later, Harper joined our K5 class.

On October 13th, while a fourth grader, Harper was diagnosed with Rhabdomysarcom. This aggressive and rare form of soft tissue cancer lead to 54 weeks of chemotherapy and multiple surgeries. She passed away on September 30th, 2011.

Her parents shared: “What is important to know about Harper is how she was determined, had a kind heart, and was fearless. She never complained and was always caring for others. In spite of her pain and own medical challenges, Harper would ride her IV administering pole and wheel around to check on other pediatric cancer patients. She was a sparkplug, a firecracker, and had a wonderful ability to make you laugh and smile.”

Harper’s mantra was “Courage, Strength and Hope.” She lived this motto as she continued to complete all of her academic work while in the hospital; raised over 7,000 toys for children in the hospital; and drew and sold pictures of horses to support a non-profit that boarded malnourished and cancer-stricken horses.

Harper’s legacy, and mantra, will live on at Blessed Sacrament Catholic School as an inspiration to all of our students to live their lives with courage, strength, and hope.