Ohio County Teen Remembered During St. Jude Radiothon
Alivia Faith Burgess, 16, of Hartford, was laid to rest after a courageous battle with cancer on November 27th, 2022. Last year she joined her mom at the St. Jude Radiothon, and it was the highlight of the year. Stacie is keeping her legacy alive by sharing her inspirational story of love, resilience, and faith.
Alivia Faith was diagnosed with stage 4 glioblastoma brain cancer in January 2020. At the time I fell in love with her beautiful heart, positive attitude, her heroic spirit, and her love of life. There was just something about Alivia that draws people toward her. We wanted to fight for and with her. I tell everyone that she stole my heart three years ago and I know that I'm not alone. She stole the hearts of thousands all over the country. To remember her sweet disposition, how she was such a brave soul, an inspiration to all that knew her, and a hero in every sense of the word. She was a model of courage and resilience amid her cancer fight.
ALIVIA FAITH, THE HERO
Alivia is an exceptional young lady. She cared about others before herself. Her faith was on full display after her diagnosis in January 2020, when she promised me she would fight hard. She said, "God's Got This." She was an inspiration not only to me but to so many others through her heroic cancer fight. Everyone in the community followed her journey and prayed for a miracle. The miracle we'd hoped for didn't come, but without a doubt, she is dancing with the angels in heaven. The lives she's touched will never be the same.
At her funeral when the pastor said Alivia cared more about her Mom and Dad and how they were doing over her cancer journey, he was spot on. She always put everyone before herself. She deeply cared about how everyone around her was doing, even on her sickest days. I spent time with Alivia in the weeks leading up to her death, and through everything she was dealing with, her smile shined bright. She was a fighter. She wanted to live so badly and didn't want to see people hurting, even if she was in pain. The pastor also mentioned how Alivia never had a bad thing to say about anyone. I find that to be such an incredible trait. Of course, she would never dim anyone's light. She wanted everyone to be happy and to live their best life. #alwaysremember
ALIVIA FAITH & STACIE SUPPORTING ST. JUDE IN 2022
In February Alivia and Stacie joined Chad and Angel for the St. Jude Radiothon. There wasn't a dry eye listening to both of them speak about their cancer journey. Many called in and became a St. Jude Partner-in-Hope during her hour to show support. Grab a tissue and press play to be inspired by their faith amid the fight.
In this segment, Alivia and Stacie share how they found out that Alivia had stage 4 glioblastoma brain cancer.
In this segment, Alivia and Stacie shared their journey after diagnosis.
And, here they share how their faith has guided them through it all.
Honor Alivia and become a St. Jude Partner-in-Hope, it's $19 per month on a credit/debit card. The number to call is 1-800-201-8883.
Alivia showed her fierceness in this post at the end of 2020. There was so much hope during this time. She took on cancer with so much heroism. A warrior through and through.
"This year has slapped me in the face many times and hugged me too. I’ve gotten to meet amazing people, share the new chapter of my life, and tell people God’s got this. This year people may say it wasn’t my year, but it was, the world threw cancer at me and I grabbed it and said “ that’s all you got?” So, yeah I’ve cried, a lot, but I’ve become a new me and a stronger me. And I showed people I may look like I won’t be strong, but my bite is worse than my bark. So what I got from this terrible year, not just me, but for everyone else, is don’t hold back and do what you think right, cry when you need to, stand up for what you believe in, and at the same time listen to others. Thank you everyone for supporting me and please keep doing it because the fight isn’t over. I love you all and keep praying for next year and let’s see us kick cancer’s butt." #livingstrong4liv