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Stranger in tragedy makes sweet gesture



January 15, 2013
Lily Anderson, the 11-year-old who passed Dec. 15, after three-year battle with stage 4 neuroblastoma cancer inspired countless people in the community.

Her Facebook page has 17,800 active members in of the community and there were also many who were touched by this brave little girl with a sweet smile and a beautiful singing voice.

I received a call soon after we ran an article about Lily's death asking about where they could make donations — the family asked that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.

Harry Wurster didn't leave a number when he called me, but he later wrote me a letter and attached a receipt.

He had donated $100 to Children's Healthcare in honor of Lily Anderson.

What's interesting is that Wurster has been displaced by "Superstorm Sandy" after he lost everything in his Howard Beach, N.Y., home.

He moved to Cumming to live with family and pick up the pieces, he said.

"My loss is nothing, and I say again, nothing as compared to the Anderson family who lost their Lily at only 11 years due to cancer," Wurster wrote me last week. "What a sorry Christmas they must have had when we celebrate the greatest birth ever."

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Wurster included a copy of his receipt and a touching note. He says that it was because of the article that I wrote that he made the donation, but I know it's more than that.

Wurster is a good person, a thoughtful person and I hope he finds a home in our community, because we like good people in Forsyth County.

He asked me to share with the Anderson family that he wants to express his deepest regard and respect.

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