Amelia Lee L'Homme
What is Cystic Fibrosis?
"Cystic fibrosis (CF) is the most common fatal genetic disease affecting Canadian children and young adults. At present, there is no cure.
CF causes various effects on the body, but mainly affects the digestive system and lungs. The degree of CF severity differs from person to person, however, the persistence and ongoing infection in the lungs, with destruction of lungs and loss of lung function, will eventually lead to death in the majority of people with CF.
Typical complications caused by cystic fibrosis are:
Difficulty digesting fats and proteins
Malnutrition and vitamin deficiencies because of inability to absorb nutrients
Progressive lung damage from chronic infections and aberrant inflammation
CF related diabetes
It is estimated that one in every 3,600 children born in Canada has CF. More than 4,300 Canadian children, adolescents, and adults with cystic fibrosis attend specialized CF clinics."
(Cystic Fibrosis Canada).
What is A.L.L. Spirit Weekend?
A.L.L. Spirit Weekend is a weekend of events held by sisters in memory of Amelia Lee L'Homme. The events reflect our pillars of sisterhood, philanthropy, and social. This weekend is cherished by all and is supported by the Greek and greater Ottawa community.
Impact on Current Sisters
There have been hundreds of sisters since Amelia, and most participating in ALL Spirit without even meeting the woman who is celebrated. It is important to point out the impact she has had on the sisters who are currently active and recently reached alumnae status. These women have seen the importance of this weekend for Xi Delta Theta through messages passed along year after year.
Amelia’s name is one that every single sister in our organization has memorized, knowing her legacy in the sorority from our pledgeship onwards. We were told about a sister who passed away from a terrible disease, how she touched all those she knew, and how the sorority comes together every year to celebrate her spirit and heart.
Impact on the Greek Community
Amelia was not only a glowing presence in Xi Delta Theta but also in the Greek community. Amelia was close with ACACIA fraternity and Sigma Pi fraternity.
After she passed away, the Sigma Pi fraternity made Ami their eternal sweetheart at our semi formal in November of that year. Amelia’s sister, Becky, and her parents traveled down to be a part of the ceremony, which made it an even more special night for Amelia.
Who is Amelia?
Amelia Lee L'Homme is a sister of the Theta class (069) who passed away from Cystic Fibrosis on July 2, 1998. She had an amazing and free spirit that had major impacts on sisters and members of the Greek community alike.
"She was our hero, a person who grew into being one of the most courageous women I have had the privilege to know and love".
"Her third and final year was the year she really blossomed. She moved into an apartment with a friend and she made some new friends that asked her to pledge for a sorority, Xi Delta Theta. She was like a new person, openly laughing and loving. She still had the hospital stays, but we no longer had to rush to her side because the hospital room was packed with her sisters every time we called. We would come on the weekends while she was in the hospital and could not believe the gang that was in her room. There was always games, laughter, and lots of conversation. She was never alone again; she had her sisters with her"
- John and Gail L'Homme
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