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September 2013. Pay it Forward in Memory of Alyssa O'Neill

Kindness matters.

A random act of kindness in memory of Alyssa O'Neill is literally going around the world! You can Pay it Forward by purchasing a Pumpkin Spice Latte at Starbucks for the next guest coming in and Starbucks will add #ajo on the cup. And here's how you do it: Starbucks has gift cards, just purchase one in the amount you want to give and the counter supervisor will Pay it Forward for the next orders for Pumpkin Spice Latte! Be sure to ask the counter to mark them wtih #ajo.

 

Read how Paying it Forward all began with Alyssa's parents in this exclusive story from her hometown of Erie, PA and local ABC Channel 24 here. Tweet to her parents at @FromTheEmbers (Dad) and @oneill2003 (Mom) and trend #AJO!

Love is powerful and endless! Alyssa's memory will be with us forever. Read more about epilepsy in the Cheer World here.

Alyssa was an angel full of love and kindness, and is remembered in video by family friend Mike Gallagher.

 

Alyssa's precious life and family remembered in her obituary...
Alyssa J. O'Neill, age 18, passed away unexpectedly Wednesday, September 4, 2013, at her residence in Millcreek. Born in Erie on July 27, 1995, she was a daughter of Jason and Sarah (Parsons) O'Neill. Alyssa was a 2013 graduate of McDowell High School, and was entering her freshman year at Penn State Erie-The Behrend College. While at McDowell, she was a member of the cheerleading squad and participated in competitive cheerleading. She was an Ambassador for the Epilepsy Project. In addition to her parents, she is survived by a brother, Jace O'Neill, and two sisters, Ansley and Ava O'Neill, all at home; maternal grandparents, Larry and Chris Spaeder Proper, and Terry Parsons, all of Erie; paternal grandparents, Richard and Robyn O'Neill, of Pittsburgh; maternal great-grandmothers, Gert Spaeder and Roslyn Parsons, both of Erie; paternal great-grandmother, Val Jean Henzler, of Pittsburgh; her best friend and guardian, Dylan Ukasic, of Erie; and several aunts, uncles, cousins, and nephews. She was preceded in death by maternal grandfathers, Jerry Spaeder and Graham Parsons, Sr.; paternal grandfather, Milton Hensler; paternal grandmother, Lois O'Neill; and her uncle, Graham "Chip" Parsons. Friends may call Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at Brugger Funeral Homes & Crematory, 1595 West 38th Street at Greengarden Boulevard, and may attend a Funeral Mass Saturday at 11 a.m. at Sacred Heart Church, 806 West 26th Street. Entombment will follow in Calvary Cemetery Mausoleum. Memorials may be made to the Epilepsy Project, 1660 Wintergreen Lane, Fairview, PAAlyssa J. O'Neill, age 18, passed away unexpectedly Wednesday, September 4, 2013, at her residence in Millcreek. Born in Erie on July 27, 1995, she was a daughter of Jason and Sarah (Parsons) O'Neill. Alyssa was a 2013 graduate of McDowell High School, and was entering her freshman year at Penn State Erie-The Behrend College. While at McDowell, she was a member of the cheerleading squad and participated in competitive cheerleading. She was an Ambassador for the Epilepsy Project. In addition to her parents, she is survived by a brother, Jace O'Neill, and two sisters, Ansley and Ava O'Neill, all at home; maternal grandparents, Larry and Chris Spaeder Proper, and Terry Parsons, all of Erie; paternal grandparents, Richard and Robyn O'Neill, of Pittsburgh; maternal great-grandmothers, Gert Spaeder and Roslyn Parsons, both of Erie; paternal great-grandmother, Val Jean Henzler, of Pittsburgh; her best friend and guardian, Dylan Ukasic, of Erie; and several aunts, uncles, cousins, and nephews. She was preceded in death by maternal grandfathers, Jerry Spaeder and Graham Parsons, Sr.; paternal grandfather, Milton Hensler; paternal grandmother, Lois O'Neill; and her uncle, Graham "Chip" Parsons. Friends may call Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at Brugger Funeral Homes & Crematory, 1595 West 38th Street at Greengarden Boulevard, and may attend a Funeral Mass Saturday at 11 a.m. at Sacred Heart Church, 806 West 26th Street. Entombment will follow in Calvary Cemetery Mausoleum. Memorials may be made to the Epilepsy Project, 1660 Wintergreen Lane, Fairview, PA