Amanda was such a ray of
sunshine. She was so much fun to be around and brought much love, life and
laughter into our home. She had the most beautiful contagious smile and a
vibrant outgoing personality. She was kind and loving and extremely generous.
She was a fiercely competitive athlete with a passion for running and a
tremendous love for the game of basketball. She led by example, strived to be
the best and always gave 100% to everything she did. She was a planner with
dreams of attending UGA and then becoming a teacher. She had great faith and
trusted that God would take care of her. She was strong willed and by far the
toughest person we knew. She was our 17 year old daughter, and cancer took her
Our world stopped turning in
March 2009 when Amanda was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 16. Upon diagnosis, we found out that she had
stage IV cancer called Rhabdomyosarcoma. She had a tumor in the bladder and it
had metastasized to the lungs and bones.
She endured 14 rounds of chemo,
30 rounds of radiation and numerous blood transfusions. She was declared CANCER
FREE in January of 2010 but only 3 weeks later, the cancer returned. She had a
tumor in her neck and it was intertwined in her spinal cord. She had surgery to
remove the tumor and endured an additional 25 rounds of radiation on her
neck. Amanda never fully recovered from
the relapse. The cancer continued to spread to her entire spinal cord and
coated her brain. She entered the hospital for the last time on March 27th and
went home to live with Jesus on April 9th.
During Amanda's 405 day battle
with cancer, she still attended school and church every chance she got and
somehow managed to keep smiling that beautiful smile. Amanda was a fighter if
there ever was one. She always gave 100% to everything she did and fighting
cancer was no exception. She suffered immensely but always kept the faith and
fought the good fight but was not able to beat cancer.
This video is a glimpse of Amanda's life during her short 17 years here with us.