In Memoriam: Amanda Sorg
Whether it was traveling, helping the community, cracking jokes, or playing with her dog, Amanda Sorg did all she could to ensure her life was filled to the brim with happy experiences.
Sorg was born on October 10, 1981 and recently passed away due to lung cancer only days after her 39th birthday on October 14.
Sorg’s list of achievements is impressive to say the least. Not only was she a loving mother and wife, but she was also a veteran.
Sorg also devoted much of her time back to the community. She hosted the Sorg Annual Wiffle Ball Tournament benefiting the LaPorte County Small Animal Shelter. She was also a member of the LaPorte Charity Board and was involved in organizing several events such as the ‘80s Prom, Inappropriate Trivia, Ugly Christmas Party, and the Hastings Park renovation.
“She absolutely loved being involved in our community and organizing events for good causes,” Sophie Sorg, Amanda’s daughter, said.
The list doesn’t end there though. Sorg also had a master’s degree and worked in radiation therapy. She often worked three jobs to help support her family and take her daugher traveling with her friends. She worked at Michiana Hematology Oncology in South Bend treating cancer patients as well as working at IUN as a Professor and director of radiation therapy. Her love for her patients, students, and work was absolutely unmatched.
Among her many achievements, Sorg also had a patent on a medical device and even wrote chapters in a medical textbook.
Some of Sorg’s favorite activities were attending her daughters’ softball games, traveling, hanging out with her dog ChiChi, making jokes, biking with her family, laughing with friends, and interacting with the community.
“She also enjoyed when me or my sister’s friends came over. She treated all our friends like family. She would do anything for anyone,” Sophie said.
Sophie has many favorite memories with her mom. Many of them are from traveling experiences they had together. Sorg often took Sophie and her friends to beautiful countries including Ireland, the Netherlands, Belgium, France, the United Kingdom, and Iceland.
“One of my favorite memories was when it was her first time driving in the UK. She has a hard enough time not hitting curbs in the US, let alone the UK. So as you can imagine, she had a hard time adapting to driving on the opposite side of the road and hit several curbs and tree branches. We turned that rental car in and ran,” Sophie said.
Sorg did not only touch the hearts of her family, but also of everyone around her.
“I will forever be grateful to a woman who has been like a mom to me. She helped teach me to be strong, independent, and always treat people with kindness. When I first met her, she brought me into her house with open arms,” Hannah Hartsburg, LPHS senior, said, “She was the most selfless and light hearted person I know. She took us on trips around the world where I made countless memories that I will forever cherish. There are not enough words to describe how amazing of a person Amanda was.”
Over quarantine, Sorg kept her kids busy with exciting activities. She made a rule that every day her daughters had to run, walk, or bike at least two miles. She did an excellent job making sure everyone had fun despite the hard times.
Sorg visited the ER on June 12th, 2020, after experiencing pain in her shoulder and chest. She then found out that she had three masses in her left lung. Almost a month later, Sorg was diagnosed with ALK-Positive Lung Cancer.
ALK-Positive Lung Cancer is an extremely rare disease caused by a genetic alteration of cells within the lungs.
Sorg was strong and stayed in good spirit the day she found out. Even when she didn’t feel great, she kept her head up and continued supporting her daughters.
“I remember one day she wasn’t feeling well enough to sit outside and watch one of my sister’s games, yet she still wanted me to take her. And, you bet I took her and parked right in center field, and we watched from the car,” Sophie said.
The Sorgs did everything they could to maintain a positive outlook. When Amanda needed to use her walker, they all referred to it as her “scoot scoot.”
Despite her health diagnosis situation, Sorg stayed strong until the very end.
“She fought as hard as she possibly could. I remember one specific comment she made to one of her friends towards the end when she came to visit her. She said, ‘Why are you so grumpy? You can walk all over.’ And I think that is a pretty good quote to live by,” Sophie said.
Sorg’s legacy in La Porte will never be forgotten. She will be remembered as an incredible mother, wife, friend, and member of the community. No one will ever forget her witty humor, the way she loved, or her continuous selflessness.