Brave Girl – #bravegirlgogo4jojo

With Sandy Emberland’s permission (JoAnne’s beautiful mother), a hashtag has been created in memory of JoAnne Franzenburg and we would like to ask you to continue to share this beautiful brave girl’s story along with this hashtag.  Please feel free to add your memories, words of encouragement and love for Sandy and family, as well as your own stories when sharing: #bravegirlgogo4jojo

Since the creation of JoAnne’s “Brave Girl” video last week, it has been viewed 1036 times in the United States, Canada, Sweden and Taiwan!  Sandy said that JoAnne would love to know that people are aware of triple negative breast cancer.  It is no surprise that she is still spreading light all over this world.

Some of the most beautiful people I have ever had the pleasure of meeting have faced unimaginable battles and walked through them with grace and dignity. April Samuels, JoAnne Franzenburg, Dahlia Garcia, Paul MeuserShirley Gallegos, Taylor Renee Helland, Donna Brooks, my great aunt Hazel, my grandma Donna Murphy and the list goes on…
Though each of these individual battles have been different, the majority have faced rare and aggressive forms of cancer. Two of the beautiful individuals I mentioned above lost their courageous battles with triple negative breast cancer within the past three months, beautiful Dahlia and our “Brave Girl JoAnne.”
April Samuels, Dahlia Garcia and JoAnne were all three diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of breast cancer called triple negative breast cancer ( but they didn’t let that slow them down. These courageous women recently participated in a worldwide webcast through the The Breast Cancer Can Stick It! Foundation where they shared their incredible stories. April founded The Breast Cancer Can Stick It! Foundation ( after her own diagnosis in 2010 and made it her mission to help find a cure for breast cancer. She is now the sole survivor of that beautiful trio and we would love nothing more than to help her and our courageous gaurdian angles with that mission.  

Please share this post and put these beautiful faces out there.  They need us fighting right along beside them.
JoAnne LIVED this life the way we all should, bold, fearless and kind! Just watch the video below to see for yourself, and that is only a brief glimpse into one very “brave girl’s” life!  “As long as we live, you live.  As long as we live, you will be remembered.  As long as we live, you will be loved.”

“She fought like a girl with grace and dignity and laughed in the face of fear.  So loved.”  ~ Mom (Sandy Emberland)


(JoAnne Franzenburg far left, Dahila Garcia center, April Samuels far right)
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Brave Girl

Heaven gained one of the most beautiful souls I have ever met at 2:15 AM yesterday morning, it was a bittersweet day.
JoAnne Franzenburg was the definition of strength, courage and grace. If you had the pleasure of meeting her you will know exactly what I am talking about.
Last Spring I called to check on her and she was having a hard day, but she refused to sit in the darkness (even though she had every right to). She mentioned the word “tattoo” and off we went! She picked this beautiful butterfly tattoo, and we chose different colored ribbons for causes dear to our hearts. I wear my on my wrist and she placed hers on her back next to the word “fearless.” I am grateful for that day and all of the many others we shared.
When I entered into recovery years ago she gave me a beautiful keychain with the serenity prayer engraved on it. I have carried it with me every since, just as I will carry her in my heart always. JoAnne that prayer and friends like you are the reason I was able to graduate from college yesterday. One day at a time, dreams really do come true.
Thank you for being my sister in so many ways and thank you for all you brought this life. Though you are no longer with us here on this earth, YOU DID BEAT THIS. You refused to let it rob you of anything else. I love you and will miss you brave girl, rest in peace.

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