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Leukemia claims Wood student

Submitted by on 1, April 13, 2009 – 8:00 amNo Comment

Family and friends are mourning the loss of Amber Nicole Bishop, 13, who died suddenly of leukemia on April 2.

Services for Amber, who was an eighth grader at Will C. Wood Middle School, were held this past weekend, and it sounds like students at the school are hoping to hold a memorial for her this week.

She is survived by her parents, Lea and John Bishop, and her brother, Matthew, as well as many aunts, uncles and cousins.

“I would like to thank the wonderful community of Alameda for their overwhelming support to our family,” Lea Bishop said.

Amber Bishop was active in a number of different sports and was a budding musician, according to a biography her mother sent. She and her family made many, many close friends, it says.

At age 5, she began swimming with the Alameda Alagators swim team and then moved on to Alameda Island Aquatics. She also did gymnastics at Bay Island Gymnastics and took karate before moving on to basketball. She played with Alameda Youth Basketball.

She also loved to sing and dance and had learned to play the guitar. She also loved the skate park and riding her bike, her biography says.

A graduate of Lum Elementary who moved to Alameda from her native San Francisco at age 4, Amber had an interest in multimedia and also a love of animals. She hoped to someday be a doctor or a veterinarian.

From the bio:

Amber was charming, always wearing a sweet smile on her face with bright eyes filled with curiosity and promise. Her easygoing attitude attracted those young and old. Not only was Amber a devoted and caring daughter, she was an attentive big sister to her little brother Matthew. She loved Matthew and was never troubled when “little brother” wanted to be included in his sisters activities, they were inseparable. Amber was a caring and dependable daughter. She was mommy’s little helper … While Amber’s time with us was limited, she left so many beautiful memories with us to cherish for many years to come. We will remember our “Absolutely Amber” always.

Amber had been hospitalized with a severe stomach ache the night before she died and it was then that she was diagnosed with leukemia, her condition critical. She died at 5:48 a.m. April 2 with her family by her side.

A fund has been set up to assist Bishop’s family: Amber Nicole Bishop Memorial Fund, 2045-A San Antonio Avenue, Alameda, Calif. 94501. For more information, e-mail lisabish@gmail.com.

You can also sign an online guestbook for Bishop’s family, here.

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