Holly's Story

All Dolled Up in the Hospital

All Dolled Up in the Hospital

Holly Ann Wade December 12, 2001 - July 1, 2016

She is born

She is born

Baby Holly is born - December 12, 2001

Dad with Holly

Dad with Holly

Dad enjoying his beautiful daughter, Holly.

Those eyes

Those eyes

Beautiful Holly with eyes that could melt any heart

Holly with teddy

Holly with teddy

Holly at age 18 months with her lovey

Halloween, age 4

Halloween, age 4

Holly, age 4, celebrating Halloween

Holly with Big Sister, Natalie

Holly with Big Sister, Natalie

Christmas time with the sisters. Holly, age 6

Holy Communion

Holy Communion

Receiving first Holy Communion - age 8

What a smile

What a smile

Holly's contagious and continuous smile.

School Days

School Days

First day of 3rd grade

Girls on the Run

Girls on the Run

Girls on the Run Fun, age 10

Softball

Softball

Softball!!

Age 11

Age 11

Holly, age 11

Holly the Reporter

Holly the Reporter

Holly interviewing Senator Graham for CKN News

Anchor of Kids News Show

Anchor of Kids News Show

Holly on the set of CKN News as the Anchor.

Holly and Liam

Holly and Liam

Showering her brother with love:)

The kids

The kids

Hanging with brother Liam and sister, Natalie.

Swimming with Dolphins

Swimming with Dolphins

Holly swimming with the Dolphins in Cancun.

Headshot for Evolution

Headshot for Evolution

Holly's headshot for her Agent

Photo Shoot

Photo Shoot

Holly at a photo shoot for a magazine.

1st Day of Symptoms

1st Day of Symptoms

First day of symptoms at the premiere of the film, Love Letters, which Holly was in. She began vomiting during the film - October 1, 2015.

Last Halloween

Last Halloween

Holly's last Halloween with good buddies - 10/31/15

5-Days Before We Find Tumor

5-Days Before We Find Tumor

5-days before the brain tumor is discovered by the MRI

Support from Community

Support from Community

Outpouring of support

Recovering

Recovering

Few weeks after surgery, Holly can sit up.

Holly with her PT

Holly with her PT

Holly with her lead PT at Levine's In-house Rehabilitation

Rehab

Rehab

REHAB and lots of it - inpatient through Levine's Hospital in Charlotte, NC

More Rehab

More Rehab

More Rehab. Trying to get movement to return to right side.

Medics love Holly

Medics love Holly

The Medics who transported Holly to radiation each day - showered her with a few gifts.

Radiation Team

Radiation Team

Holly's Radiation Team at Levine Cancer Institute - This was her last treatment.

Skydiving

Skydiving

SKYDIVING!! On Holly's bucket list. Still partially paralyzed, but did it anyway and LOVED it!!

Great Friends

Great Friends

Celebrating her skydive with great friends who witnessed her do it!

Ansel Elgort

Ansel Elgort

Meeting an idol - Ansel Elgort through Make a Wish Foundation on the set of Baby Driver.

Clinical Trial in Augusta

Clinical Trial in Augusta

Holly at a Ronald McDonald House with mom, aunt and cousin in Augusta, GA while she partook in a clinical trial.

8th Grade Formal

8th Grade Formal

Still remarkably beautiful. She still put on a smile and attended her 8th grade formal. This was less than a month before she passed away.

8th Grade Formal with Ian

8th Grade Formal with Ian

Feeling very sick, but still showing some sass with date, Ian:)

Feeling Ill Again

Feeling Ill Again

Back in the hospital

Holly at Peace

Holly at Peace

Rest in Peace Holly, Our Angel

On December 10, 2015, two days before Holly’s 14th birthday, an MRI uncovered a tumor resting in the thalamus section of her brain. Holly was in surgery the next day to remove it, however, a biopsy revealed the devastating diagnosis - Grade 4 Gliosarcoma; a very rare, and very aggressive form of cancer. Holly exited surgery unable to speak and paralyzed on her right side. And so, her battle began with a two-month initial hospital stay, extensive rehabilitation, chemotherapy, radiation, an out-of-state experimental trial, nutrition regime and supplement program, additional hospitalizations, hospice and more.

 

It was during Holly’s treatments that her parents, Bill and Christine Wade, learned of the profound financial needs of families caring for sick and injured children. Parents were losing all they had worked so hard to obtain - jobs, homes, utilities, transportation. The financial costs and time required to care for a child in need is staggering.  They spoke with parents who had to decide whether to pay a medical bill or the mortgage, or to stay with their hospitalized child or to go to work. The burden of making these decisions on top of the news that a child is critically ill is too much for anyone.

 

Fortunately for the Wade family, their friends and family offered tremendous support, and the logo and phrase “Hands for Holly” was developed to help them during their crisis; however, not all families are afforded the same help. This is where Hands for Holly Fund plays a critical role. We believe that families caring for their child should focus their energy on their loved one, and less on where to find the money to keep the lights on.  We would like to pay forward the initial hands intended for Holly and offer assistance to others in need.

 

Unfortunately Holly lost her battle on July 1, 2016, but not before she worked with her mother to define the mission of the Hands for Holly Fund. She was proud to be able to help others through her illness. She was a remarkable girl who will be continually honored through this endeavor. 

Mailing Address:

PO Box 49202 

Charlotte, NC 28277

 

Info@handsforholly.org

Tax ID: 81-2842244

#handsforholly

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