Heart to heart: Celebration of life for Allison Estep

Celebration of life for Allison Estep. (WKRC)

ST. BERNARD, Ohio (WKRC) – The pavilion at Vine Street Park was the setting for a celebration that brought out hundreds in St. Bernard Saturday.

Those in attendance were there in support of the Estep family to celebrate the life of Allison Estep.

Allison suddenly died in January from a rare heart disease.

“There are less than 300 people they said that have had that in the last 100 years,” said Allison’s father, John Estep.

In the moments leading up to her death, Allison felt sick; she thought she had the flu. On her final day of life, John brought his daughter some soup and juice and was making a second trip to his daughter’s apartment because she needed him. However, when John got there, Allison was on the floor, unresponsive.

“I got to the door and called her phone. I could hear it ringing,” said John. "My wife Patty and daughter Katie, we went in and found her on the floor, checked her pulse. She was cold. We called 911."

Since her death, John visits his daughter's grave every day. There he sits and talks to her.

"We have her picture on her stone. I always kiss my hand and put it on her picture. Kiss her every day, just sit there and talk with her; tell her that we really miss her right now. I know she can't talk to us right now but hopefully will see you down the road,” said John.

Over the past few months, the family has been trying to find a way to honor her. Fast forward to this weekend -- hundreds showed up for Allison’s Dance at the park to celebrate. There was music, food and a ton of raffle prizes.

"Our goal was to raise $5,000 to $8,000. I think we met that before we even opened the doors, or close to it. So, now her goal -- we raised it -- is $20,000. All the proceeds go to Children's Hospital because that's where Allison worked,” said John.

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