EDMONTON — An Edmontonian identified for spreading pleasure, and love, whereas documenting her life with end-stage most cancers, Julie Rohr, has died.
Rohr started battling a uncommon type of most cancers, retroperitoneal leiomyosarcoma, in 2015.
Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson joined Julie’s household and closest buddies outdoors the Roozen Household Hospice Centre on Thursday, to formally proclaim Sept. 13 to 19 “Julie Rohr Week” in Edmonton.
“If all of us took this second to problem, to embody, even a small quantity of Julie’s pleasant spirit, we might all be so significantly better off,” mentioned Iveson.
It was speculated to be given to @JulieRohrYEG as we speak, however mayor @doniveson is at Pilgrims Hospice with Julie’s household to proclaim this week Julie Rohr week in Edmonton. #welovejulierohr #yeg pic.twitter.com/6BCWsdHMso
— Carly Robinson (@CarlyDRobinson) September 16, 2021
“She would have shaken her head and mentioned, ‘You guys! What?! No. Not me. Little previous me!” mentioned Julie’s brother, Jeremy Rohr.
In Julie’s final week, numerous celebrities, from Ryan Reynolds, to Colin Mochrie and Dan Levy despatched Julie messages of affection.
And right here is her response to watching #welovejulierohr pic.twitter.com/9Kn9Z7O7SR
— Hannah Hamilton (she/her) (@iamhannah_h) September 13, 2021
However earlier than that, it was a whole lot of tweets from on a regular basis Edmontonians sending like to her, after listening to about her struggles round accessing care as COVID-19 floods the medical system.
“I may by no means imagine that the story of residing with most cancers, for six years, after I didn’t know if I might make it multiple or two,” mentioned Julie in a Sept. 7 interview with Ryan Jespersen. “It has been wonderful to me that each one of you might have adopted alongside on my journey, since you assist elevate me on days when it’s actually laborious.”
Household, sharing the mom of two’s final message to the world on social media.
“However I depart this earthly world with no regrets- I’ve advised those I like how a lot I like them, I’ve opened my coronary heart to life and lots of of you might have opened your hearts again to me in flip. My life expertise has been wealthy and beauty-filled.” (5)
— Julie Rohr ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡ °) (@JulieRohrYEG) September 16, 2021
“The love that you just really feel for her, she desires that to be, not for her, she desires that be for the folks in your neighborhood, in your circles,” mentioned Marcie Rohr, Julie’s sister. “That you just simply actually inform them, and discover the person who is omitted.”
Julie’s three youthful siblings describe her as a “pressure to be reckoned with,” and remembered taking Julie for a stroll in her neighbourhood earlier than she moved into hospice.
“We simply took her in a wheelchair for a remaining stroll across the neighbourhood, and I’m not kidding after I say there have been neighbours coming off their driveway, with tears of their eyes saying ‘Julie, thanks. I keep in mind while you gave my son a ‘Finest Snowman Award’ after we first moved in, and that made his day’. And that’s who Julie was, she simply gave these random awards to random folks,” mentioned Heidi Griffin, Julie’s sister.
Some of the uplifting tales through the pandemic was when a few of Julie Rohr's buddies gathered outdoors her home to carry out a flash mob with the letters "We love Julie" hooked up to their backs. #yeg #yyc pic.twitter.com/40Yns6wkRK
— Courtney Theriault (@cspotweet) September 13, 2021
As Julie tendencies on Twitter, it’s clear she lifted up everybody round her.
A scholarship in her title has already been introduced with fundraising underway.
With @JulieRohrYEG's blessing, it's an honour to announce the #RealTalkRJ Julie Rohr Scholarship.
Save the date – Thurs, June 23, 2022 – for the inaugural @RealTalkRJ Golf Match @ranchgolfcourse in assist of our new scholarship fund! Particulars to come back. #yeg #welovejulierohr pic.twitter.com/GdJJjxzkU9
— Ryan Jespersen (@ryanjespersen) September 14, 2021
Her siblings have been there when Julie acquired the information, saying how enormous an honour it was for the girl who at all times sought the reality to assist others of their training.
And Julie, in who she was, needed the main focus to show to the Roozen Household Hospice Centre that cared for her and her household in these remaining days.
A facility that focuses not simply on finish of life care, however the wrap-around helps for these making ready for loss.
“Because the relations coping with this super loss, we are able to say first-hand the consolation we felt,” mentioned Griffin.
“For anybody, it doesn’t matter you probably have a viral Twitter video or not, that isn’t in any respect what issues. It’s the care, and the eye and the love,” mentioned Marcie.
For the manager director of Pilgrims Hospice Society, which simply re-opened the rebuilt facility in February, Monica Robson says the demand for the ability is so excessive they may open one other three.
“I’m simply grateful for everybody that has supported this nice group and helped us construct this constructing and allow what we do, and I hope that the individuals who have been there since day one notice how a lot it has helped folks like Julie, and others,“ mentioned Robson.
Julie’s siblings know that their oldest sister will at all times be with them, however they gained’t be capable of fill her footwear alone.
“I feel it’s as much as the neighborhood to fill these footwear,” mentioned Jeremy. “We as a household gained’t be capable of.”
Realizing as they really feel the lack of their sister, the neighborhood is feeling the lack of a strong advocate for love.
“You possibly can actively search out the constructive,” mentioned Jeremy. “Don’t maintain again you’re encouragement to someone. Don’t maintain again your ‘I like you’s’. Since you by no means know when you’ll get a most cancers prognosis which may take your life any day.”
Particulars for a memorial shall be coming at a later date, however household say Julie deliberate each final element all the way down to the pamphlets that shall be handed out.