Family of late Aurora Limmer raising money for memorial display
The grandmother of Aurora Limmer, the 9-year-old Ocean View girl who died from neuroblastoma in September, is planning a fundraiser to buy an oversized beach chair in the child’s memory, hoping she will receive permission to place it in front of Carousel Oceanfront Hotel & Condos in Ocean City, Md., where the girl loved to ice skate.
“We’d like to put the chair in front of the Carousel in the spring and have Aurora’s classmates from Lord Baltimore Elementary School in Ocean View — they’re in fourth grade now — come and put their handprints on it, in paint. Then we would shellac it to protect it. I’m trying to get a head start,” she said, adding that she will likely set up an account to accept donations at a local bank, then release information for those interested in helping.
The chair will be purple, because that was Aurora’s favorite color. Although the amount needed isn’t yet firm, Limmer estimated she’ll have to raise about $3,000.
Neither she nor her daughter have worked recently, because her daughter is battling an illness, too, and when Aurora was alive, they wanted to be at the hospital with her. They are in financial need, and have broken frames around the windows of their home and a leak from the roof into the chimney that have to be repaired.
“I don’t want to lose my house,” Limmer said.
She has also started making notes for a book about her granddaughter — an only child and only grandchild.
“I don’t want her to be forgotten. She went through so much. So many kids are going through the same thing and the parents are going through it. My daughter Lauren, Aurora’s mother, talked to one of the little girls that Aurora was friends with at A.I. duPont Hospital for Children [in Wilmington, Del.] That little girl passed away on Thanksgiving Day.
“She and Aurora were next door to each other at the hospital. The mother is calling Lauren and asking, ‘Where did you go from here?’ It’s very hard for the parents. Every day of Aurora’s life, I was there. I want people to know what she went through,” Limmer said.
After Aurora died over the Labor Day weekend, Limmer posted a picture of her granddaughter on Facebook. In a long red dress with white flowers, her bookbag next to her in the driveway, she is smiling cheerfully, ready for her first day of school last year.
“Our Princess,” her grandmother called her.
“We’re taking one day at a time,” she said, sighing, when she talked to the Coastal Point last week.
“That’s all we can do — until I meet her again in heaven. Then I’ll never let her go again.”
By Susan Canfora