What are your children doing today? Are they playing outside? Are they getting into trouble? Lilianna Thompson was born May 8, 2009 to parents Anna and Randy of Clanton, Alabama. She loves all the things little girls love doing—playing with dolls, watching cartoons, running around outside and being with her mommy and daddy. But Lilianna is busy today.
The world every little girl deserves was put on hold on August 19, 2011. Anna and Randy learned that Lilianna had been diagnosed with a rare but treatable form of juvenile Leukemia. The little girl made of sugar and spice and everything nice has cancer. Lilianna fought like Trent Richardson breaking through a sea of defensive linemen for seven months, undergoing difficult rounds of chemotherapy. While we are fretting over the depth chart, worrying about who’s playing where in spring practice and looking forward to an Alabama run at defending the BCS National Championship, Lilianna's parents are worried about how much longer they will get to hold their baby girl.
Last week, her parents received the news she was going home. It was supposed to be time to play with dolls, watch cartoons, be with her parents and begin the road to a normal life. But on that same day, Anna and Randy learned that tests showed the cancer was back. While my children are coloring and playing with their Barbie dolls, Lilianna will be receiving yet another round of chemotherapy.
Cancer survivor and seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong once said, "If children have the ability to ignore all odds and percentages, then maybe we can learn from them. When you think about it, what other choice is there but hope? We have two options, medically and emotionally. Give up. Or fight like hell."
Lilianna is fighting like hell.
The Love for Lilianna Relay for Life Concert will be held Friday March 30, 2012 at 7:00 pm at the Chilton County High School Auditorium. The event features many talented performers from the area. A silent auction precedes the event, starting at 6:00 pm.
If you are within a reasonable distance from Clanton, please take the time to help raise money for Lilianna's fight. After all, what if it were your baby fighting for their life tonight?
Donations can also be made to:
People's Southern Bank
Attention Lilianna Thompson Fund
PO Box 269
Clanton, AL 35046
Help Anna and Randy give their precious little girl a fighting chance.
You can visit Lilianna’s Facebook page here. Be sure and “Like” the page.
The Relay for Life Concert event page is here. Be sure and “Like” this one, too.