Osteosarcoma ended Lizzy Wampler’s life on March 15, 2018, but her parents, John and Jennifer, continue to fight on behalf of the 10-year-old they cherished. She wanted them to.
Toward the end of her life, Lizzy said, “I don’t want any other child to hear the words there’s nothing else we can do for you.”
John and Jennifer Wampler and their two surviving children started fundraising later that same year with a 5K called Lizzy’s Walk of Faith in their hometown of Columbia, Missouri. The 5K has only grown since 2018. In 2022, Lizzy’s Walk of Faith had more than 800 participants, raising $104,000 in donations for childhood cancer.
As the 5K event grew, the Wamplers wanted the impact of their childhood cancer organization to grow too.
“We wanted to fine-tune our vision for how we were helping patients and felt it would be best if we targeted a bit more specifically,” Jennifer says. “What impacted us the most is osteosarcoma, not just pediatric cancer in general. Our daughter needed a cure for osteosarcoma.”