Lola's Story

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MIDDLETON - Disney World and McDonalds lost their most loyal advocate and consumer, Lola Rose Anoushig Anderson, who did not earn or gain her angel wings, but rather spread them in the early morning light on Thursday, February 8th, 2018, after gracefully battling Chordoma since March 2015. In some small way throughout her short, yet very memorable life, she was able to impact many and touch all that knew her. Her love for chicken nuggets and french fries kept her family's belly full, her love to dance and play kept her family believing in magic, and her love for snuggles, hugs, and kisses kept her family full of hope, warmth and joy.
Lola's Journey started not when she was diagnosed with cancer just a few weeks shy of her 2nd birthday, but the day she was born on March 22nd, 2013. She had a way to always keep those around her on their toes and made sure they all knew who the boss was. Lola managed to do this with grace, class, and a sort of stylish elegance, even at the youngest of age. Throughout all her treatments and scans, she managed to be the bravest of brave, a superhero, a rockstar. Lola showed the world how to be courageous and just go with the flow and have fun while doing it. In doing so, she has become an inspiration to all.
"He who learns must suffer. And even in our sleep pain that cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart, and in our own despair, against our will, comes wisdom to us by the awful grace of God." (Aeschylu) Throughout Lola's Journey, our family has learned to become wiser, stronger and vigilant. Although our situation was painful at times, Lola's strength showed us that this was a gift from above because it taught us to not avoid a situation because it was difficult but, rather bring us wisdom, good-judgment and self-control (sometimes). Although trouble is painful, Lola guided us to look at frustrating life circumstances as a tool to create a better future.
Lola leaves behind many wonderful caregivers at New York Presbyterian Hospital, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Massachusetts General Hospital, Dana Farber Jimmy Fund Clinic and Boston Children's Hospital. The wonderful, extra special care, as well as love and support they provided throughout the last three years have made our and Lola's journey a little less bumpy. Lola's love extends to her wonderful doctors and nurses, child-life specialist, therapists and social workers. There will always be a special place in our hearts for her team.
Lola's beautiful life will forever be cherished in the lives of her mother and father, Michaela and Robert Bruce Anderson; sister, Lucy Bella Almast Anderson; great-grandparents, Giovanni and Angela Garofalo; grandparents, Rose Giragosian, Jack and Dian Anderson; Uncle Jack Anderson, Auntie Victoria Anderson, Auntie Aniela Anderson and Uncle Herman Learmond-Criqui, Zio Mario Giragosian, Zia Leonora Giragosian, Auntie Elizabeth Anderson, Zio Gianni Giragosian; cousins, Ruby, Ella, Jack, Owen Anderson Learmond-Criqui; and many loving aunties, uncles, and cousins.
Although Lola's time as a caterpillar has expired, she is ready for her wings, and she will fly over Disney World, and eat all the McNuggets her little heart could ever desire.
ARRANGEMENTS: Her funeral Mass will be held in St. Adelaide Parish, 708 Lowell St., Peabody, on Tuesday, February 13, at 11 a.m. Relatives and friends invited. Please meet directly at the church. Burial in Oakdale Cemetery, Middleton. Visiting hours in the Peterson-O'Donnell Funeral Home, 167 Maple St. (Route 62), Danvers, on Monday, February 12, from 4 to 7 p.m. Family members ask of all those joining to wear bright colors to honor Lola's bravery. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Make-A-Wish, for it was this first organization that made Lola's wish come true, making Disney World a magical and wondrous place that Lola loved. To share a memory or offer a condolence, please visit www.odonnellfuneralservice.com.
Published on February 9, 2018
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