Death of 4th grader after flu has family creating fund to help others

Brian Hamrick - Reporter WLWT 5

MASON, Ohio —

An idea to help other people has risen from a tragedy that devastated a Mason family.

Sable Gibson, who was a healthy and active 10-year-old, died in February after getting the flu and strep throat.

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Her parents have started a foundation that they hope reflects her personality.

"She taught us a lot about generosity," said Sable's father, Scott Gibson.

Sable's friends and teachers told her parents she was known for her many small acts of kindness.

"We're hearing a lot of stories we didn't even know about," Sable's mother, Holly Gibson, said.

The Shine Like Sable Foundation will raise money to help with projects that may not have any other way to be funded.

The fundraising started Tuesday at Sonder Brewing Co. in Mason.

All month, 10 percent of the sales of one of its craft beers will go toward the foundation.

"So, the goal of the foundation is to have some money available to do small acts of kindness," said Sonder Brewing's vice president of marketing, Jennifer Meissner.

"We're going to continue who she was because this is really who she was: a person. She was just so much fun and brought so much light into a room," said Scott Gibson.