WESTFIELD, NJ—A candlelight vigil was held tonight in front of Westfield High School to remember Senior Allison Harth. Close to 200 students, friends and family members turned out to honor 17-year-old Allie after her battle with cancer ended on Nov. 26.
“We love you, we remember you,” said vigil organizer and fellow classmate John Birnie.
This was the theme as many of Allie’s friends and loved ones took to the mic and shared their memories and gratitude for having had Allie in their lives.
“Words really aren’t enough to describe who Allie was… to the end, Allie proved to us all how to live, love and laugh,” said Birnie.
The mood was a mix of laughter and grief as students shared in stories of how Allie would go for long walks with friends and make them “laugh no matter what,” said a girl named Natalia.
“When I think of Allie, all I feel is joy. Allie without a doubt is the most kindhearted and selfless person I know,” said Rohit Saigal.
Allie was described by all as being a loyal and understanding friend. “Life was always exciting when she was around … I want to live the way she did,” a girl named Liz told the crowd.
Above all else, “Allie should be remembered not as the girl who died tragically, but as the girl who lived spectacularly,” said classmate Edward Carolan.
Donations can be made in Allie’s memory to The Valerie Fund, which provides support for the comprehensive health care of children with cancer and blood disorders, at http://www.thevaleriefund.org/youcanhelp/waystogive.php. Donation jars are also set up at Westfield High School.