Remembering Rachel Doran

Two weeks ago, “06880” reported on Rachel Doran’s battle.

The rising senior at Cornell University  — a National Merit Commended Scholar, talented Players costume designer, and founder of “Rachel’s Rags,” a company that makes intricate cotton and fleece pajama tops and bottoms — was in critical condition.

In July she was diagnosed with Stevens Johnson Syndrome and Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis, a rare reaction to common medications that resulted in severe burns to 95% of her body. She then developed Adult Respiratory Distress Syndrome — another rare and life-threatening syndrome.

Rachel Doran

Last night — surrounded by her family — Rachel died peacefully. Her family said:

 True to Rachel’s spirit and with the same fervor she had for everything she took on, she fought the most difficult health issues with tenacity and grace.

At this time Alan, Lisa and Ellie ask that you keep Rachel’s memory close to your hearts as arrangements are made to celebrate her amazing life. Her beauty, kindness, style and wit were second to none. We will cherish the light she brought to so many people along the way.

Services will be held Wednesday (August 22, Temple Israel), at a time to be determined.

18 responses to “Remembering Rachel Doran

  1. Heartbreaking.

  2. Just heartbreaking.

  3. So very sad. A beautiful woman inside and out.
    Rest in peace,may the eternal lite shine upon her.Amen

  4. this seems so sad. RIP Rachel.

  5. Heartbreaking!

  6. Incredibly sad to hear this heartbreaking news. May her memory be for blessing.

  7. Sally Campbell Palmer.

    Shocking, scary and so, so sad.

  8. So sad to read this. RIP beautiful girl.

  9. Sandy and Don DeCiccio

    Our hearts are crushed to hear the news of
    Rachel. We loved being in her presence, and we feel blessed to have known her. Our prayers are with all of you at this time.

  10. Lisa, Alan, Ellie, Bev and Michael … My heart is broken to hear that Rachel has passed. You are all in my prayers. Love, Linda Larson (Sandy De Ciccio’s sister)

  11. My God. There are no words for this. Bless.

  12. So sad, heart goes out to her family and friends, thanks for sharing Dan

  13. Elaine Daignault

    Alan, Lisa and Ellier invite family and friends to share in their love for their daughter and sister, Rachel Hope Doran, on Wednesday, August 22nd at 12 noon at Temple Israel, 14 Coleytown Road
    Westport,CT.

  14. As a parent, my heart breaks upon hearing about the loss of a child. Knowing Lisa and the love she had for her family, makes it even more difficult to comprehend.
    May God bless the Doran family with his strength and perserverance.

    Bonnie York

  15. Catherine Rubano

    I am so very, very sorry. I know how proud of Rachel you are. Prayers and love to you Lisa and your family. Cathy Rubano

  16. Lisa & The Doran Family,
    My deepest condolences during this extremely difficult time. Many thoughts & prayers as you embrace this tragic loss. I remember so many beautiful & creative stories Lisa told about Rachel. Sending you much love & stregth today & always.

    Sincerely,
    Kim Libertino (Scofield)

  17. Ann Marie Donnelly

    My heart and prayers go out to you, Lisa, and to your family.

  18. Lisa,
    You and your family are in my heart and prayers.
    Love,
    Mary Daley

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