by Madison White Franks
Addy Ashburn, 2, of Lancaster has been diagnosed with cancer and is undergoing chemo treatments at St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital in Tennessee.
Addy is the daughter of Aaron Ashburn and Amanda Harris and little sister to Alexis Ashburn, 7.
According to Harris, Addy was recently diagnosed with stage 4 adrenal cortical carcinoma which is an extremely rare cancer.
“Not many people are diagnosed with it a year, but especially children. It’s also very difficult to treat,” said Harris.
“She’s literally a fighter! The doctors are amazed at how well she is doing considering how sick she is. She’s so strong and it amazes me everyday,” she said.
“Aaron and I are so grateful for our community. We have been amazed at everyone coming together to support and help us. We cannot thank everyone enough for everything from the cards and gifts, which brighten her day, to the messages and posts. We cannot always get back to everyone, but we are so thankful of everyone. We are so grateful to live in such a small town where you know that everyone back home is praying and supporting you,” said Harris.
Folks throughout the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula have organized a variety of events to support Addy and her parents.
In August, Liam Penick, 7, of Mathews raised $1,150 by selling lemonade and cookies at Philippi Christian Church in Deltaville. Various churches in the Deltaville area also have held bake sales.
A benefit dinner was held September 13 at Kilmarnock United Methodist Church where a fund has been designated to aid Addy and her family. To donate to this fund, contact Joanne Hinson at 435-1797. Make checks payable to Kilmarnock United Methodist Church, indicate “Addy Ashburn fund” on the memo line and mail to Kilmarnock UMC , 89 East Church Street, Kilmarnock, VA 22482.
On September 23, Northern Neck Ace Hardware will present “Warriors for Addy” movie night with 100% of the proceeds to benefit Addy. Gates will open at 7 p.m. and admission is a love donation. The Disney movie “Moana” will be shown in the parking area behind Ace Hardware, 96 School Street, Kilmarnock, and people are urged to bring a chair. Hot dogs, popcorn and drinks will be available for purchase.
To follow Addy’s story, like Prayer Warriors for Addy on Facebook.