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Help us raise money for the cause of Leukemia research in the honor of Sloan Chambers from Charlotte, NC

On Monday, September 26, 2011 at 3:39 pm Sloan Preston Chambers stopped dying and began living. Sloan is the beloved daughter and only child of Dr. Carroll Labron Chambers, Jr. and Katherine Brownlee Chambers.

Sloan was born on Tuesday, March 25, 1997 in Little Rock, Arkansas. As an infant she was baptized at University Presbyterian Church in Chapel Hill, NC, her mother's home church and the church where her parents were married. At the age of 15 months, the family moved to Roanoke, Virginia. From Junior Kindergarten through fourth grade Sloan attended North Cross School in Roanoke. For a brief time, Sloan and her parents lived in Charleston, South Carolina on Daniel Island while her father was on staff at the Medical University of South Carolina.

In June of 2008 the Chambers family moved to Charlotte. For 6th through 8th grades Sloan attended Alexander Graham Middle School. For high school Sloan was accepted to Charlotte Latin School. Sloan was so excited to begin high school, but that opportunity was not to be.

In February 2011 Sloan was confirmed at Myers Park Presbyterian Church the day before she was diagnosed with Mast Cell Leukemia. "The rarest of the rare" cancers, as one physician put it. Never before in medical literature has a child been diagnosed with this illness. Though Sloan received excellent care at Levine Children's Hospital, this virulent disease ran rampant through her body. She was close to remission in July when she received a bone marrow transplant with her mother as her donor. The transplant was an apparent success until her symptoms returned early in September and it was discovered she had relapsed.

From the "get go" Sloan was happy, friendly, bright, creative and a real ball of energy. Her favorite sports were field hockey and lacrosse. She played both of these sports at Alexander Graham Middle School.

Litchfield Beach and Due West, South Carolina, where the Brownlee family has homes, were Sloan's two favorite places in this world. She was a "fish" in the ocean and enjoyed it most of all when the waves were rough. That was HER kind of challenge.

Sloan was predeceased by her paternal grandfather, Carroll Labron Chambers, Sr. and survived by, in addition to her parents, her two Papillons, Rufus and Mabel. Other surviving family members are her paternal grandmother, Eleanor Rachels Chambers, maternal grandparents, Dr. Robert Calvin Brownlee, III and Judith Irby Brownlee; uncles and aunts, Stuart Alva Chambers and wife, Amy Jones Chambers, Rala Suzanne Chambers, Dr. Jonathan Irby Calvin Brownlee and wife, Molly Powell Brownlee, and Dr. Robert Calvin Brownlee, IV; cousins Ian, Aaron, Adam and Chloe Chambers and Jack, Janie, and Charlie Brownlee and many other loving family members.

Her family wishes to express their gratitude to the oncology staff and transplant team at Levine Children's Hospital, the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Levine, and Kids Path Hospice. In lieu of flowers Sloan's parents would appreciate any donation to the "Sloan Chambers Fund" through Carolinas Healthcare Foundation with all proceeds going to the Pediatric Bone Marrow Transplant Program at Levine Children's Hospital. The address is as follows: Carolinas Healthcare Foundation, Attn: Sheri Joseph, 1221 East Morehead Street, Charlotte, NC 28204. In the memo please write "Sloan Chambers Fund".

Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m. on Thursday, September 29, 2011 at Myers Park Presbyterian Church. The family will receive friends following the service in Providence Hall at the church. Interment at the Myers Park Presbyterian Columbarium will be private.

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