PLEASE READ: If you are on this page that means you are here to help Olivia “Liv” Weatherford keep fighting Neuroblastoma. That’s why I am here too!
If you don’t know who I am or even if you do, let me give you some background history. Liv’s mom, Sarah, is my very best friend. Sarah and I have been best friends since we were five years old, I actually may have been four years old when we met, but our memories are a bit fuzzy so we stick to five to keep it easy. We were neighbors and we spent our entire childhood side by side. We’ve done it all together; ran through sprinklers, gone to swim lessons, had class at school together, driven with the windows down and Reba turned up loud, shared a roll of cookie dough and countless bowls of queso, choreographed dances, shot hoops, ran miles, traveled the world and sat on the couch together for hours on end. Sarah is the sister I never had. When you have a friend like that, you know their hopes, dreams and fears.
Eight years ago, when we found out Sarah and Aaron were going to welcome a baby girl into the world, we talked a lot about Sarah’s hopes and dreams for their soon to be daughter, Olivia. She dreamed of a girl with big blue eyes, just like her own. A girl that was smart, beautiful and the best little side kick ever. Those dreams came true. Liv has the prettiest eyes, just like Sarah. She’s smart, feisty (like her Daddy) and her mom’s biggest fan. What Sarah didn’t dream about is Neuroblastoma coming in like the thief in the night and snatching away Olivia’s health, their home and their dreams of the future.
As you know, Olivia has been battling Neuroblastoma for three years. THREE LONG YEARS! It has been an unbelievably hard journey for Liv, Sarah and Aaron, her sister and brother and all the rest of their family. Their cancer journey has taken them far from our East TN home and it has been hard knowing my bestie is out in the world fighting the hardest battle of her life, without me and so many others that she holds dear. That’s why I am going to run the St. Jude Rock N Roll Half marathon. I am going to do it for Liv. For Sarah. For Aaron. For Ella. For Eli. My heart breaks for this family and this race will help me feel more connected to them. Running 13.1 isn’t the easiest thing to do, it takes some sacrifice and grit to get through it and if Liv can do what she’s doing, I can do this.
If you can, please donate. All the donations go to St. Jude who has been an amazing partner to the Weatherford’s during this cancer journey.
If you can’t donate, cheer me on! Or say a prayer for Olivia and her family.