It all started with a little stuffed lion named Courage. This little lion and a brave little girl inspired our name and lion theme. Here is the story.
Courage for an adult
When as an adult, you are told that you have cancer, there is a huge amount of fear. Cancer is a word that you never want to hear. At the hospital, Kim Osburn was given a stuffed lion named "Courage" after a difficult and frightening surgery to treat breast cancer. Cancer is a scary word at any age. The amazing volunteers at the hospital take great care of the patients in the Women's Center. This little lion was a comfort at a very difficult time.
Almost 3 years later, Kim's friend, Grace, was diagnosed with bone cancer. Kim had spent time supporting others with breast cancer, but helping a child with cancer was a new challenge. What do you say to a beautiful 11-year-old girl who is facing chemo and a life changing surgery? In trying to find the words, Kim thought about the little lion sitting on the shelf of her office.
GRACE HAS COURAGE - AMAZING COURAGE
Grace was so brave and Kim was very proud of her. Grace snuggled Courage as they discussed what it is like to receive chemo treatments and to lose your hair. Grace told Kim that she would return Courage, but Kim told her that it was now hers to keep or to one day pass on to another person who might need some extra courage.
GRACE PLAYS It FORWARD
Grace kept Courage for a few months. She took him to chemo treatments and she was holding him when she came out of a complicated surgery called rotationplasty. She told her mom that she would always keep Courage.
But, then, Grace found out about another young man who would also lose his leg. This young man would have the same rotationplasty that Grace knew was a difficult and emotional challenge. So Grace did what only an amazing and brave young woman could do. She passed Courage on to a child who now needed the courage more than she did.
The journey of courage
Location: Mable House Amphitheatre
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