Students and teachers this week are mourning the loss of Elizabeth McGranahan, a 2010 graduate of SM East who lost a battle to a pair of rare diseases last Wednesday.
McGranahan suffered from Aplastic Anemia and Dyskeratosis Congenita, disorders that affect the bone marrow and the body’s ability to produce healthy cells. She moved to Minnesota with her family earlier this year to receive a bone marrow transplant in hopes of overcoming the diseases. McGranahan, who served as the editor of the school newspaper’s Web edition, the Harbinger Online, launched a blog about her transplant and recovery in November 2009. She maintained the blog, called Reason to Smile, until this August.
SM East student Logan Heley, who is a co-editor of the Harbinger Online, wrote the following in a remembrance of her:
Elizabeth was a beloved editor of the Harbinger Online. She is remembered for how she inspired others to find happiness in life even when faced with seemingly impossible obstacles. Our thoughts go out to her family.
Elizabeth had been accepted to a multimedia journalism program at The King’s College in New York City, and had hoped to start attending classes there in Fall 2011.
For more on Elizabeth, see this profile piece from the May 2010 Harbinger.