Lizzy’s Story
April 8, 2021

At the tender young age of 9, Lizzy lived a normal girl’s life of jumping rope, gymnastics and playing with Barbie dolls.  She enjoyed her daddy-daughter dates, playing Legos with her siblings and shopping with her mother.  One day, Lizzy began to complain of “growing pains” in her knee and her parents decided to get it checked out by her doctor.  To their shock, amazement and disbelief, they heard what no parent should ever hear, “Your child has cancer.”  For the next 15 months, Lizzy was treated at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, TN. 

Tragically, on March 15th, 2018, Lizzy bravely and courageously finished her battle to bone cancer. Her race against cancer, as well as too many others, ended too soon due to the need for a cure for Osteosarcoma. Her last contribution was her desire to donate parts of her body to science for further research and help in finding a cure for osteosarcoma. Her passion for her purpose of faith, generosity and compassion kept her strong throughout her journey and Lizzy’s legacy will live on and continue to impact others through the foundation’s ability to build a support system for others going through the same hardships.

In 2020, the Osteosarcoma Institute partnered with Lizzy’s Walk of Faith Foundation to establish Lizzy’s Osteosarcoma Science Fund. Together, we were able to raise $50,000 in honor of Lizzy, which will be applied to an osteosarcoma clinical trial or study in 2021. The founders of LWOF Foundation, Jennifer and John Wampler, will meet with OSI’s osteosarcoma experts to review proposals from our grant process. Together, with guidance from our professionals, they will select which scientific effort to apply Lizzy’s Science Fund to.

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