VAN WERT — Hannah Wireman was only 15 when she died of cancer, and her mother has joined an organization that helps provide comfort to others who have lost their children to the disease.
The non-profit organization’s name is called FAM, which stands for Fighting All Monsters. It was started five years ago by Miami, Florida, resident Milk Tyson.
Hannah’s mother, Rachael Hager Parker, started volunteering with the organization in May after discovering it online. FAM is an organization that brings support to families with children facing life-threatening challenges. The organization raises funds to help with bills, dream vacations, end-of-life expenses and bereavement counseling. Siblings receive iPads and toys to bring smiles and comfort.
Recently, FAM children made a video of various young children from the United States who are battling cancer. They dance in the video and encourage rapper Sean Diddy Combs to dance with them. Combs’ “Bad Boys For Life” song plays in the background as the children dance in the video. The goal is for the organization to get on “Ellen” with Combs dancing and bringing awareness to the FAM organization.
The song was adopted as the organization’s anthem. FAM aims to bring awareness to childhood cancer, which, according to the FAM website, only receives 4% of the National Cancer Institute’s overall budget.
“I want to bring awareness to this disease. I have become an advocate and want to help other children in memory of my daughter,” Hager Parker said.
Hannah’s cancer — Ewing sarcoma, a bone and soft tissue cancer — was diagnosed Oct. 22, 2013, after the cancer had spread to her lungs.
“There was an X-ray of her chest done because doctors thought she had pneumonia and that was when they found the sarcoma,” Hager Parker said.
Hannah had knee and chest pain associated with the sarcoma, and doctors found a tumor in her hip.
She went through a couple of surgeries and had seven months of chemotherapy.
Hannah died May 30, 2014. She was a sophomore at Van Wert High School when she was diagnosed.
She was on the track team and loved spending time with her friends. Her Make A Wish dream came true when the family vacationed in Hawaii.
Hawk Eye Photography, Celina, made a book of photos of Hannah that shows a smiling Hannah with big brown eyes and a large grin.
The website is joinourfam.org
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