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AFTER CLEVELAND 5-YEAR-OLD’S CANCER DIAGNOSIS, COMMUNITY OFFERS SUPPORT

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When 5-year-old Olivia Weatherford was diagnosed with stage 4 neuroblastoma April 2, her community is offering support. They’ve coordinated a fundraiser in her honor to help raise money for the family for Olivia’s care.

Olivia, the eldest of Sarah and Aaron Weatherford’s three children, is currently in the ICU at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, undergoing chemotherapy and other treatment.

After reading a Facebook post about Olivia’s diagnosis, family friend Camill Howard decided the community needed to rally around the little girl who loves so many things… T-ball, playing with her friends and, naturally, unicorns.

Howard said the parents’ place right now is by their daughter’s side as she fights the cancer. “Our job as their friend and their community is to take every other worry away from them,” she said.

That’s why they’ve organized a “Liv in the Journey” 5K run and one-mile walk Saturday, June 1, at Greenway Park.

The event is being sponsored by Terra Running Company, whose owner said any family thrown into this set of circumstances needs community and financial support. “The more people and the more money we can give to them and show them how much we love them, the better,” Brittany Durkin said.

All proceeds from the event will go to support the Weatherford family.

To register for the race, click here.

There’s also been a GoFundMe campaign started on Olivia’s behalf. You can find the link here.

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