The End

I wish I could tell you a happy ending. An ending to a fairytale, where the beautiful princess finally defeats the terrible monster and lives happily ever after with her prince.

I wish her prince could have done more, helped, done something to stop the monster. Instead, he could only stand by quietly, impotent and watch as the monster devoured her.

I wish, perhaps selfishly, that the story didn’t end. That the battle continued, even if there was never to be a happy ending. To at least have more years, more months, a few more days, a couple more minutes, the seconds to hear, “I love you” from her lips, just one more time.

Unfortunately, our story is over, the monster has won. It’s the same sad ending that has happened before, is happening now, and will continue to happen. Someday, the monster might be defeated. Someday, everyone might get a happy ending. But, for now it seems sad that our parents’ generation will die from it. It’s gut wrenching and depressing that our generation will succumb to it. It’s unthinkably devastating that our children will be consumed by this monster called cancer.

She fought so hard, for so long and even though her monster eventually won, she did not go easily. Cancer dragged her down kicking and screaming. She did not go quietly. She always fought to win.

We cannot give in, we can’t surrender. Fight the monster and eventually we’ll get our lives back, eventually we’ll all get happy endings.

Sabrina died January 10th 2017.
She will smile no more.

Visitation details:
Visitation Friday January 13th between 4pm-8pm at Holy Cross Catholic Funeral Home, funeral home entrance at 211 Langstaff Rd East.

Funeral details:
Funeral to be held Saturday January 14th at 9:30am at Holy Cross Funeral Home chapel, 211 Langstaff Rd East (same location as visitation).

Donations to be made in memory of our Sabrina to the Terry Fox Foundation in lieu of flowers.

The husband.


23 thoughts on “The End

  1. Oh no no no no. I am so so sorry. Thank you for letting us know. I had the pleasure of communicating with her awhile ago about the book she wanted to write (was writing?)and instantly became a fan of hers. Please accept my sincere condolences on your loss. She will be remembered for her courage, her bravery and her indomitable spirit. My heart is with you.

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    • I am so sad to hear of Sabrina’s passing. She exhibited an unimaginable amount of grace–and humor–in the face of the most awful circumstances. I’ll miss her funny, brave and occasionally ever-so-slightly-snarky posts. What a loss for all of us. My condolences to you and to all of her family.


  2. May her soul rest in peace!
    She will be remembered not only by those who knew her, but also by those, like me, who never met her but that got to know her and her battles through this blog.
    To her husband:
    Don’t despair that you couldn’t do more than what you did so far! I’m sure you were an inspiration for her to fight this monster; you gave her joy and reason to fight while she was going through that much.
    Sabrina might be gone but this blog is a testament of her strong spirit and I believe many, going through the same ordeal that she went through, will learn from her courage and passion for life to never give up!

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  3. I am so sorry for your loss. You don’t know me but I’ve been following Sabrina’s story and she was such an inspiration. Sending you strength during this difficult time.


  4. My deepest condolences, I am so sorry for your loss. Hearing of her passing broke my heart, she fought so hard. RIP Sabrina


  5. I am so sorry for your loss. She was a remarkable, incredibly inspirational woman. How lucky you both were to have found each other. May the memories of your time together provide some comfort in the days ahead.


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  6. Her Prince did everything he could do and she loved him for it. She fought so hard for herself and she fought for him and she fought for every person who has ever been or ever will be ravaged by this terrible disease. She has touched so many lives with her bravery and kindness and hope. Just by sharing with us her beautiful soul, she has done what she hoped to do and that was to raise awareness and encourage us to fight on. She was an amazing woman and I feel privileged to have known her. I will miss her terribly.

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  7. Tears, I have sincere tears. I have been following Sabrina’s story for over a year now. This woman was such an example of strength and humour and courage. She inspired me to live my best life, with gratitude for all. I have prayed for her every night ever since I heard her story in the Toronto Star. I am so saddened. I have the deepest sympathy for you her husband and her family. She was a special gift — for all of us.

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  8. Such a light, such a fierce and overwhelming presence. I wish I had had the chance to meet this incredible woman who stared cancer in the face and said “F- you!” She fought valiantly and will not be forgotten. To her husband, family and friends that knew and loved her, I send you my condolences with my arms open wide. Please be aware that she left an impression on me and an awareness on how to live life and appreciate what is before me. Rest in peace, may you suffer no more and we will not forget you.


  9. Heartbroken to read about Sabrina’s passing.
    I never met your princess in person but through her posts I felt I knew her and felt very blessed to have her presence in my life. I was always waiting for the next post, hoping and praying.

    Sabrina’s love for you was so evident in her words.

    Take care dear Prince



  10. We are very sad to hear this news . Sabrina was a force of goodness. We consider ourselves lucky to know her . She will be missed and always loved. May the family find peace and may her star shine bright in the heavens.


  11. I’m so incredibly sorry Garrett and the entire Fuoco and Dunn families. My heart and prayers are with you. I have so many wonderful memories growing up with Sabrina. She will never be forgotten. May you find peace and comfort in knowing she is suffering no more.


  12. It was such an incredible privilege to meet Sabrina last year when she appeared on Global with Susan Hay. Her beauty, passion, courage and unbreakable spirit were incredibly inspiring and have stayed with me since we first met. Her willingness to help The Terry Fox Foundation last year meant the world. Sabrina was such a beautiful light in our world and we will miss her so very much.


  13. Standing by someone, supporting them, listening to them and loving them as they fight for their life is the best thing anyone can wish for under those terrible circumstances. She felt loved and you made her happy. Nothing else was needed. Sending you our heart felt condolences for the loss of your beloved wife.


  14. I am so terribly sorry to hear of Sabrina’s passing. I have never personally met her but have spoken on the phone with her a number of times. She was absolutely amazing girl. There are few and far between like her. My heart is with your whole family. I feel very privileged to have communicated with her by phone and through her blog. She was a flawless diamond of a human being! Be strong!

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  15. What terrible news. This is so hard. Like many here I never had the privilege of meeting your dear wife in person. But we felt we knew her well through her blog. I exchanged emails with Sabrina. And we had quite a few laughs. She was so chock full of goodness and personality! Sabrina will never truly be gone. She lives on in the hearts of all who knew and loved her. And she was infinitely loveable. We are all aware of her prince charming. She was so totally in love with her husband. Reign on Princess Sabrina. Love you forever, doll. xo


  16. I am so, so sorry for your loss. As a cancer patient, I was inspired and motivated by Cancer Girl’s courage, tenacity and positive approach. As you say, “She never stopped fighting.” And that attitude helped me get though some tough times as well.

    Thank you for sharing. I wish you all the best.

    Dan Cooper, Master Gardener Garden Writers Association


  17. Words can not express the heartache I have tonight as I discovered she is gone. I knew her only through her wonderful blog posts and yet my sense of loss I feel over her passing feels more personal than many I have known. She was able to connect with people and share her fighting spirit with a humor and grace that gave me hope and brought true joy in times of terrible stress and discouragement. I hope you are able to keep her blog available, because even though she her journey here is done, I truly believe her words can live on to help so many others fighting this disease find their own smiling cancer girl. All my love.

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