All Dolled Up in the Hospital
Holly Ann Wade December 12, 2001 - July 1, 2016
She is born
Baby Holly is born - December 12, 2001
Dad with Holly
Dad enjoying his beautiful daughter, Holly.
Beautiful Holly with eyes that could melt any heart
Holly with teddy
Holly at age 18 months with her lovey
Halloween, age 4
Holly, age 4, celebrating Halloween
Holly with Big Sister, Natalie
Christmas time with the sisters. Holly, age 6
Receiving first Holy Communion - age 8
What a smile
Holly's contagious and continuous smile.
First day of 3rd grade
Girls on the Run
Girls on the Run Fun, age 10
Holly, age 11
Holly the Reporter
Holly interviewing Senator Graham for CKN News
Anchor of Kids News Show
Holly on the set of CKN News as the Anchor.
Holly and Liam
Showering her brother with love:)
Hanging with brother Liam and sister, Natalie.
Swimming with Dolphins
Holly swimming with the Dolphins in Cancun.
Headshot for Evolution
Holly's headshot for her Agent
Holly at a photo shoot for a magazine.
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.
Holly's last Halloween with good buddies - 10/31/15
5-Days Before We Find Tumor
5-days before the brain tumor is discovered by the MRI
Support from Community
Outpouring of support
Few weeks after surgery, Holly can sit up.
Holly with her PT
Holly with her lead PT at Levine's In-house Rehabilitation
REHAB and lots of it - inpatient through Levine's Hospital in Charlotte, NC
More Rehab. Trying to get movement to return to right side.
Medics love Holly
The Medics who transported Holly to radiation each day - showered her with a few gifts.
Holly's Radiation Team at Levine Cancer Institute - This was her last treatment.
SKYDIVING!! On Holly's bucket list. Still partially paralyzed, but did it anyway and LOVED it!!
Celebrating her skydive with great friends who witnessed her do it!
Meeting an idol - Ansel Elgort through Make a Wish Foundation on the set of Baby Driver.
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
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
Feeling very sick, but still showing some sass with date, Ian:)
Feeling Ill Again
Back in the hospital
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.