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Miss Hawaii Teen dies from sudden stroke

Allen Wolfe Allen Wolfe
Ashlyn Pierceall Ashlyn Pierceall
Luana Alapa Luana Alapa
Florence Villanueva Florence Villanueva

By Tim Sakahara - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Sheryl Wolfe's dreams were coming true.  She was crowned Miss Hawaii Teen United States and her modeling career was blossoming, all to be stopped in a second.

"I would trade my life in a heartbeat. I should be the one there she shouldn't be," said Allen Wolfe, Sheryl's Dad from outside Queen's Medical Center.

While sitting in class at Mililani High School she collapsed.  Her brain hemorrhaged which led to a paralyzing stroke.  After a week in a coma the girl who was full of life was gone.

"My daughter, she'd light up everybody. People were down she had the right thing to say to them as far as how to bring their spirits up," said Wolfe.

"I'll miss her a lot," said Ashlyn Pierceall, friend and "pageant sister."  "No regrets just live your life because that's what Sheryl did."

Sheryl was only 18 years old with no prior health problems and no family history of early strokes.  Doctors say there was nothing she could have done to predict this would happen.

"It's just kind of totally unexpected out of the blue," said Wolfe.

"I've never had a queen pass away on me so it's very hard," said Luana Alapa, Miss Hawaii Teen Pageant Director. "Sheryl is, crazy girl, wonderful, fun loving free spirited, just a wonderful young teen that had a zest for life."

Sheryl was supposed to go on to compete in Miss Hawaii Teen World next month.  Now her friend and "pageant sister" Florence Villanueva will represent her and even wear her evening gown and swimsuit. 

"She'll never be forgotten, she was such a wonderful girl who always made everyone smile," said Villanueva.

And not surprisingly the girl with a huge heart may give hers away.  She was an organ donor and at least four people will have life saving surgery from her organs which may go down as the pageant queen's crowning achievement.

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