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Relay for Life — #TeamColleen
Saturday, April 22nd, 2017

I’ve mentioned the 8-year-old’s struggle with a very rare bone disease here from time to time. Colleen’s battle began in 2015, but after two surgeries on her left leg, the last where they removed her tibia and replaced it with a donor bone, she’s cancer free. We hope forever, but she’ll be checked every year for the rest of her life. While she walks with a cane at home, at school, she’s still confined to a wheelchair for her safety.

Yesterday was a big day for our girl and our community. Her school honored her by making her the “mascot” for this year’s Relay For Life. They had a special recess where the entire school came out to play and hear about her journey. Everyone wore #TeamColleen T-shirts. The local paper, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, plus THV11, all highlighted her struggle. Last night, she was honored, along with all the local cancer survivors, with a dinner, and the family took their turn walking in the relay.

If you’d like to see the short TV news clip of yesterday’s recess, here’s the link: Colleen’s Story.

And if you’d like to donate to the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life, here’s that link: Relay For Life.

4 comments to “Relay for Life — #TeamColleen”

  1. Savonna
    · April 22nd, 2017 at 2:47 pm · Link

    So glad Colleen is doing better. It’s important that a face be put with the name cancer. These young children & their families will hopefully understand that cancer can happen to anyone. I hope they’re also aware of the importance of medicine & a positive attitude. Those two factors need to work together to fight this nasty disease!!

  2. Shirley Long
    · April 22nd, 2017 at 8:03 pm · Link

    What an absolutely beautiful baby girl. I’m so very sorry she’s had to suffer thru so much in her short lifetime, but she looks like a true fighter.

    Thank you so much for sharing her with us and for the link to the video. Loved hearing and seeing about her journey.

    God does work miracles!!

  3. ButtonsMom2003
    · April 23rd, 2017 at 12:18 am · Link

    Such a courageous little girl. Having cancer as an adult was hard; I can’t even imagine going through it as a child. I hope she continues to thrive.

    Thanks for the link to the donation site.

  4. Delilah
    · April 30th, 2017 at 10:50 am · Link

    Thanks for your support, ladies! That was an emotional week for us all.

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