The Norman Transcript


September 1, 2013

Maisano family turning tragedy into something positive



Jim Maisano is committed to making the cat porch a reality.

“We don’t want Sara to be just that poor girl that was killed,” he said. “She loved animals.”

A rescued goose was taken to Wildcare and Sara checked on its progress. She doted on her animal companions, a Chihuahua named Cora and a tabby cat named Henry. Alicia and Jim Maisano are now caring for Sara’s orphaned pets and say they will continue to treat them with “the same special care and love that she dedicated to them.”

And Sara had a particular fondness for goats, her father said.

Sara had just finished her phlebotomy training and was working at Norman Regional Hospital when she was killed.

“She wanted to be somebody that could help people,” Jim Maisano said.

Sara worked in the oncology clinic at times, taking blood from people who were going through so much. She would talk to her family about her empathy for those she was trying to help, how when she had to draw blood from a child she tried to be extra gentle.

“She’d help anybody she could,” Jim Maisano said.

The family will donate Sara’s scrubs back to the hospital. Because she worked primarily at Moore Medical Center, they are hoping some of the employees who lost everything in the tornado might get some use from her scrubs — it’s what Sara would have wanted.

“Sara’s death was such a tragic loss to us and it was so senseless,” he said. “We’re trying to look at something positive to do.”

The murder occurred in Grady County. Steven Thompson has been charged with the crime. Thompson is also accused of severely beating his fiancé Katie Garner.

“This really impacted all of us,” Jim Maisano said. “Just a month after her death, I had a cardiac incident and was taken to the hospital.”

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