Sarah was a 17 year-old student at Kealakehe High School, where she was student body president. Sarah was often described as a “social butterfly” and was active in water polo, swimming, cross-country and track. Her giving nature was an inspiration to others, and the spirit of her generosity continued after her sudden death in 2005.
In an essay she had written for her National Honor Society scholarship, Sarah wrote: “I am the one to whom much was given. Much may be expected of me, and I may be obliged to give back. But I don’t see giving as an obligation or an expectation. Giving back is a part of my nature.”
Because of Sarah’s generous donation, four people who would have otherwise died were given a second chance. Her donation also provided two people with the gift of sight, and an ailing youngster with a heart valve which has saved that child from future heart complications.