July 22, 2018

A celebration of Isabella’s life will be held at the Joseph A. Fluehr III Funeral Home – 800 Newtown Richboro Rd. (at Holland Rd.), Richboro, PA 18954 from 4:00 to 8:00PM on Friday, July 27th. As Isabella lived a very happy, cheerful life, we are requesting you wear bright, vivid colors, preferably Disney-related, to keep this celebration as bright and vivid as Isabella’s smile. Please do not come dressed in ALL BLACK! We would also ask anyone that has a picture of Isabella to please bring it with you. We will have blank picture boards to contribute to.

The complete obituary can be found out: http://www.fluehr.com/obituary-detail.php.

Everything that is done in the world is done by hope.

On March 20, 2015, at age 6, sweet little Isabella O’Brien was diagnosed with stage 4 Alveolar Rhabdomyosarcoma.

Rhabdomyosarcoma is a relatively rare type of cancer that develops from the connective soft tissues. As of now there is no known cause for this type of cancer.  It was not caused by genetics, the environment, or anything she did.  

Her diagnosis was made after her family noticed a large softball sized “bump” in her left buttock.  This type of tumor is very aggressive so it had grown significantly in just one week. 

After a multitude of tests, her doctors at CHOP found that it had spread to her left femur bone.  Because of that Isabella has to be extremely careful not to run or jump or else she risks fracturing her femur. 

Isabella will require 42 weeks of chemotherapy which she started on March 28 and will also be receiving Proton Therapy around week 13.


Celebration of life

Isabella has had to deal with more than anyone should ever have to, but she has done so with a strength and attitude that has been inspiring to everyone that has had the pleasure of knowing her. Anyone who knows her can describe her infectious giggle that immediately puts a smile on your face. From first thing in the morning to the end of the day, she was always smiling, even during the toughest times.

During her tremendous battle, which has lasted almost 3 ½ years, she continued to dance, go to school, travel, and keep smiling. She always said that she would never stop fighting. She was true to her word. Her tremendous fight came to an end at about 7:00 this morning. She passed peacefully at home with her mother holding her hand, surrounded by the incredible love and support that has helped her and her family deal with this terrible ordeal.

From when Isabella was a baby, she was always such a caring, loving, thoughtful little girl. Even during the bad times, she would concern herself with how everyone else was doing, and doing whatever she could to cheer us up. She always thought of others first.

She loved her family, school, her teachers, and her amazing friends. Isabella was blessed to have real BFFs – a term that is thrown around very casually, but she really got to experience an amazing, supportive, loving group of wonderful friends who were always there for her, especially during the bad times.

We would like to thank all of you for your endless support. Isabella really enjoyed the years of pictures, posts and messages. They helped get her through the tough times.

Thank you all for being Team Isabella.