Honoring Paige Hubbard during childhood cancer awareness month
Every two minutes a child is diagnosed with cancer. That means 25,000 kids around the world will hear the words "You have cancer" this month alone.
September is Childhood Cancer Awareness month. A time to honor and remember children and families affected by these rare diseases.
"It starts out sad, knowing I’m coming here, knowing that I don’t have her with me physically anymore, and I think of all the things that she’s going to miss out on as she would grow older. Then when I get here, it’s always peaceful," said Liz Stevenson.
Time does not heal all wounds.
"I can hear her telling me, mommy I’m okay. I’m better where I am," said Stevenson.
Tomorrow marks 400 days since Stevenson lost her daughter, Paige to sarcoma, a rare and aggressive cancer that forms in soft tissues of the body
"No child should ever go through something like that. The one thing that sticks in my mind is "Mommy, I don’t want to die. All I could do was tell her she wasn’t going to," said Stevenson.
Paige was only 11 years old when doctors found the tumor.
"The tumor found an empty pocked at the bottom of her pelvis and started growing. It was the size of a melon, probably about this big," said Stevenson.
Liz holds on to hope knowing her daughter is no longer suffering.
"With the chemo and radiation, you could see how frail and fragile she was, but her soul and spirit shown through, it was that light and glimmer. She never stopped fighting," said Stevenson.
She is keeping Paige’s memory alive, finding comfort knowing her daughter is with her always.
"I feel her with me all the time. She’s never left my side," said Stevenson.
Here is how you can make a difference. The Just Imagine Walk is this Saturday, September 10th and anyone can participate.
It is at Noble Park and it is in remembrance of friends and loved ones who have dealt with cancer. It starts at 9 a.m. and goes until 11.
This walk is for all kids and families. It will help benefit childhood cancer research and raises awareness about the disease.
You can still register for the 1st Annual "Just Imagine" Walk for Childhood Cancer Awareness. Registration starts at 8 a.m. at Shelter 16.
Anyone who registers the day of the walk is not guaranteed a t-shirt; they will be first come first serve so get there early! The cost is a donation of $20 for Adults (13 and up) and $15 for Children (12 and under).
For more information, click here.