They say you should be able to count your best friends on one hand; at the age of 24, it’s remarkable to think just how many hands Hatti Sandall is counted on.
To be friends with Hatti is to feel the radiant glow of energy that she brings to your life. For those of us who are lucky enough to count her amongst our friends, it’s almost impossible not to picture her smiling with her beaming dimples that light up a room. She is that person who constantly laughs, sings (possibly one of the only talents she wasn’t gifted with!), dances, and lives in the moment while encouraging others to do the same. You’ll never meet anyone else like her; she truly embodies everything good in life.
For someone whose positivity has given so much to those around her, it was devastating when Hatti was diagnosed with sarcoma, an extremely rare type of cancer, in March of this year. As the expression goes, however, “adversity does not build character, it reveals it”, and seeing Hatti live through the most inconceivably difficult journey has only revealed that her character is even more admirable than we could have ever imagined. As many of you will know from her Facebook posts, Hatti’s positive attitude, even during her darkest days, is what truly makes her one of a kind. Through circumstances that would crush most people’s spirits, Hatti hasn’t gone a single day without smiling, laughing or caring for those around her. In fact, she’s channelled the limited energy she has into encouraging her friends and family to raise money for various charities; or to donate blood, so that others can have access to the treatment they need. This is a testament to her altruistic nature and the beauty of her spirit.