Nov 122010
 

 

NORTHEAST OHIO COMMUNITY GROUPS AND AREA BUSINESSES ARE TEAMING UP WITH HUGS AND BUGS, A LOCAL NON PROFIT ORGANIZATION, TO RAISE AWARAENESS AND FUNDS TO GRANT THE WISH OF A THIRTEEN YEAR OLD WADSWORTH GIRL SUFFERING FROM A RARE FORM OF CANCER.

Olivia Ward was diagnosed with a medulloblas toma brain tumor at age 5.  Olivia and her parents, Bill and Laura Ward, along with their family, endured 31radiation treatments and 48 cycles of chemo therapy.  Olivia returned to school in the Wadsworth, Ohio school district.  When Olivia was in third grade she returned to the hospital for a follow up MRI.  Her family was devastated when the doctors discovered a second tumor.  Olivia’s courageous battle continued with a major surgery, 18 radiation treatments and a stem cell transplant.  Two years later, in July 2009, a third tumor was discovered.  The family’s focus is now on making memories and helping their little girl enjoy every precious moment of her childhood.

On August 1st, 2010, a MRI showed a 4th tumor. The doctors delivered the news to Olivia’s parents that the cancer spread to the spine and was now coating the spine and was considered inoperable. 

Olivia’s wish is to now spend time traveling with her family.  Caring Bridge, a local organization, has donated a RV to make her dream a reality.  The community is coming together to raise money for gas and incidentals. 

Anytime Fitness, located at 153 Broad St. Wadsworth, Ohio, is raffling off specialty gift baskets donated by area businesses, at their Wadsworth location.  Please contact Dave and Jen Frisby at 330.336.0724 for more information.  First Merit Bank of Sharon Center, has set up a special account for monetary donations.  Please contact First Merit Bank of Sharon Center for more information at 330.239.2231.

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 If you would like more information about the Ward Family or to schedule an interview with Christopher Milo, founder of Hugs and Bugs, please call 330.418.6616 or e-mail Christopher Milo at cmiloproductions@gmail.com.

Company: Anytime Fitness

Phone: 330.336.0724 or 330.962.4843

Email: jdfrisby@anytimefitness.com

Website: www.anytimefitness.com

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