Taking a Walk of Faith

Connor Parrish, Sports Editor

On Saturday, September 15 at 7am, 700 people of all different ages showed up at the first annual Lizzy’s Walk of Faith 5K,a fundraiser to find a cure for osteosarcoma and to honor families that have suffered from pancreatic cancer. But most of all, this event is a way for the Wampler family to honor their youngest child LizzyThe event raised over $25,000 and will be donated to St.Jude’s hospital in hope to find a new cure for osteosarcoma. Wampler stated “Lizzy was given chemo that they have been using for 30 years, and give to adults. They need to have a better cure for osteosarcoma.” Elizabeth “Lizzy” Joy Wampler was a third grader attending Cedar Ridge, and lived with both of her parents John and Jennifer Wampler, older brother Daniel Wampler, and older sister Hannah Wampler. But the day before Thanksgiving, she was diagnosed with osteosarcoma bone cancer in her hip.According to WebMD, osteosarcoma is the most common bone cancer for kids and teenagers, especially in teenage boys; however, it can occasionally affect adults. Children affected with osteosarcoma commonly undergo chemotherapy. Lizzy endured nine months of chemo with three different chemo’s. “Some administer a week at a time and 12 rounds,” said her mother Jennifer Wampler. She then went through several surgeries including some for an infection.After the surgeries, there was a hope for the family. The family found out Lizzy was cancer free and was planning to attend school at Cedar Ridge. But right before the 2017-2018 school year started, doctors found out that the cancer had spread to her other hip. Lizzy traveled back to St. Jude’s to undergo a nine month chemo treatment. After a hard fight, Lizzy Joy Wampler passed away on March 15, 2018 at 3:30 am in her mother’s arms at age 10.The 5k was inspired while the family was grieving over the loss of their daughter. The Wampler family have had foundation to honor Lizzy ever since she was diagnosed. It wasn’t until Mrs. Wampler was talking to a friend Jina gave her the idea to host a race. “It was our way to honor Lizzy [to] use the platform that God has given us. There has been thousands of people that have been praying, and following her story, and I felt like this was a opportunity for us to do something good.” At the Walk of Faith there was a wide variety of participants with adults and little kids. Adida,age six, came out to run the 5K with her mom and said, “I came for Lizzy’s family, and to show support.”Sam Baker, age 15 said, “I wanted to help my friend and also challenge myself running.”  Caven Wheeler, a freshmen at Battle High School, attended the event as well. “My sister knew Lizzy very well, and I also know Daniel very well,” Wheeler said. To go follow Lizzy’s story go to Facebook and search. Lizzy’s Walk of Faith Foundation https://www.facebook.com/LizzysWalkofFaithFoundation/