Mile Marker Children
Lexi Grace Belcher
Over the past year, Lexi Grace has been diagnosed with cancer, undergone two surgeries, and has spent countless nights in the hospital. In the midst of her treatment, Lexi Grace was able to get away for the trip of a lifetime during her magic moment. Now in remission, Lexi and her family are grateful for the care she receives from Children’s of Alabama and the joy brought by Magic Moments. Lexi’s mom wants to encourage runners to be part of BHM 26.2 for children like Lexi Grace to show the children much needed support during a time that is not just difficult, but lonely.
Emma Grace Fowler
Emma Grace was diagnosed September 2017 with Leukemia, like any other family this news was beyond devastating. Just hearing the words “Your child has cancer.” and hearing her treatment plan will be 2 years and 3 months of chemotherapy was beyond scary to us. Emma’s mom said, “Emma is such a trooper though and because of organizations like you guys, we always feel the support, thoughts and prayers we need to get through each and every single day of this journey. We truly appreciate everything you guys do for our family.
During birth, Ethan suffered a stroke and had an amniotic band wrapped around his arm which resulted in the loss of muscle movement. He has undergone treatments, injections, appointments, and therapies his entire life, but nothing slows him down. Ethan, a country music lover, traveled to Texas to meet his favorite singer, Jason Aldean, for his magic moment. Ethan’s mom said, “As a special needs parent you are constantly being the voice for your children. Run! Be a voice for these amazing kids!
Rodrianna was born with cerebral palsy and has used a walker since she was only two. Rodrianna’s mom said her daughter has never let her disability get in the way or stop her from achieving her dreams. “She is always smiling and bubbly and can’t wait to cheer on the runners during BHM 26.2 in 2019!
Abby was born with a rare, serious skin disorder which forces her to live in pain daily. Abby’s mom said that being a part of the Magic Moments family has given her daughter the chance to forget the pain for short times and make friendships that will last a lifetime. “Magic Moments kids and any children with special needs deserve every chance they can get to smile and have fun. By participating in BHM 26.2, the runners are giving them those chances.
Born at only 26 weeks, Kylie began having brain bleeds at 3 days old and has now undergone over 30 major surgeries. She received treatment from several specialists at Children’s of Alabama which her family affectionately calls “Team Kylie.” Kylie isn’t new to the race circuit, having participated in many races with her mother in her race wheelchair. Kylie will be racing along with all of the participants of BHM 26.2 and hopes you will run by her side!
Claira Grace Davenport
Claira Grace was diagnosed with a life-threatening form of anemia when she was only three. Her diagnosis required a bone marrow transplant which Claira Grace underwent in January 2017. She is doing well under the treatment of the transplant team at Children’s of Alabama and was healthy enough to start Kindergarten this year. Claira Grace was surprised by Santa with the news she would spend Christmas at Disney World for her magic moment. Claira Grace’s dad encourages runners to be part of BHM 26.2 to help provide strength, guidance, hope, and courage for all the children battling serious illnesses.
Ragan suffered a traumatic brain injury in 2016. She was life-flighted to Children’s of Alabama where she spent 80 days. Ragan is in the long process of recovery, learning to become independent and get her lif back. Now a junior in high school who is making all A’s, Ragan will travel to New York for her magic moment. Ragan’s mom said “What you are giving these children in priceless. It’s a chance to feel like their fight for life is worth it and does not go unnoticed.
While traveling home from a baseball tournament, Ethan was in a tragic car accident. He spent two months at Children’s of Alabama where he relearned to hold his head up, talk, sit up, and eventually walk. He received his magic moment in 2018 when he got to throw out the honorary first pitch at a St. Louis Cardinals game. His mom said it was a dream come true for Ethan to even be in the stadium, and stepping on the field was beyond anything he could have ever dreamed. “Life has taken so much from these children. If we all had the drive and motivation to endure the hardships they face regardless of the adversity, the world would be a better place. What an honor to be able to represent the children and their sufferings through the running of this marathon.
Diagnosed with cancer at the age of 12, only a month after losing her grandfather to cancer, Callie knew she was fighting a tough battle, but was convinced from the start that she was going to get better. Even when she was feeling her worst during treatment at Children’s of Alabama, she looked for ways to brighten the day of other patients, like giving gifts to children on the same floor of the hospital. Callie got to be on the receiving end when she got a once-in-a-lifetime shopping spree from Magic Moments this year. Callie wants to encourage runners to be part of BHM 26.2. “Running isn’t easy. It’s hard. But is so the battle all of these children face and we have to just keep running!
The youngest brother in Isaiah’s family, Christopher is a bundle of energy that has come a long way in six years. Born with a severe immune disorder and multiple developmental delays, Christopher was able to forget his weekly treatment during a trip to Disney World for his magic moment. During a recent surgery, Christopher’s mom said it was reminiscing about the trip that made an anxious situation bearable. It took his mind of the IVs, shots, and the fear surgery brings. “That meant the world to me!” Christopher’s family hopes runners will participate to give even more children the chance to have their very own magic moment and receive superior treatment at Children’s of Alabama.
Hometown: Hazel Green
Ian was diagnosed with Stickler Syndrome at 9 months old and has had 30 eye surgeries and nine other surgeries on his ears, sinuses, and stomach. Magic Moments granted Ian a weeklong trip to Disney World, and his mother notes that “It was the most magical, worry-free week of his life!
Ava struggles with Crohn’s Disease and Rheumatoid Arthritis. “Children’s of Alabama has been such an integral part of our survival,” Ava’s mom said. “I’m so grateful for this organization and all of the love and support we receive.
Born with spina bifida, Heath doesn’t let his diagnosis slow him down. He is always smiling and always has a joke to tell to keep everyone around him laughing. For his magic moment, Heath traveled to Disney World with his family. His brother, Seth, is also a magic moment recipient and both are patients at Children’s of Alabama.
An all-star basketball player, Seth doesn’t let the fact that he is confined to a wheelchair hold him back from exceling at his favorite sport. Born with spina bifida, Seth has been through a lot from a very young age. During his magic moment, he was treated to a VIP experience at a NASCAR race and it was a moment he will never forget!
Sarah Grace Lemley
Hometown: Pleasant Grove
Sarah Grace struggles with a life-threatening adrenal insufficiency. Her condition causes her to take medications throughout the day, every day, but she remains a joyful, playful little girl. Sarah Grace was recently treated like the princess she is during a trip to Disney World for her magic moment.
At only five months old, Rio was diagnosed with a life-threatening blood disorder. Since then he has also been diagnosed with an adrenal disorder and diabetes. Over the last year, Rio received chemotherapy which required him to spend at least six nights in the hospital each month. During his treatment, Rio would see commercials for Disney World and Legoland and ask his mom if he could ever go. This Halloween, Rio spent his favorite holiday on the trip of a lifetime to Orlando where he visited Disney World and Legoland and got to meet his favorite character, Spiderman!
Although Alex had faced health challenges since birth, the diagnosis of leukemia was the toughest yet. After intense treatment, Alex recently went into remission and is doing well. To celebrate the end of chemo, Alex was surprised with his magic moment, a trip to Disney World with his family.
What began as a normal day for Bella quickly turned into a day that would change her life forever. One minute Bella was jumping on a trampoline, the next she couldn’t walk or talk. Bella was rushed to the hospital by ambulance where doctors discovered that she had suffered a massive stroke. After life-saving surgeries, countless hospital stays, and more than a year of medical procedures, Bella is on the road to recovery, although she still has a long road ahead of her. Last summer, Bella was able to put everything she was facing behind her for a week and enjoy a trip to Disney World with her family during her magic moment. Her mom said it was a moment her daughter will cherish for a lifetime!
Kaitlyn is being treated at Children’s of Alabama for Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis, meaning her immune system mistakenly attacks the body’s tissues. Although she spends numerous nights in the hospital, she looks forward to the opportunity to be part of Magic Moments Beyond The Moment events like Breakfast with Santa, Magic Moments Night at The Barons, and Family Camp. Kaitlyn has made a great group of friends through these events and sees them throughout the year between Magic Moments events.
Emma Grace Sennett
Emma Grace, who was born with Russell Silver Syndrome, has faced numerous complications requiring multiple lengthy hospital stays. In 2010, she suffered a tragic swimming accident that almost took her life, but thankfully she is doing well and has overcome the odds. Emma Grace loves princesses, so when she found out she would go to meet Cinderella for her magic moment, she couldn’t have been more excited. Emma Grace looks forward to Family Camp each year where she reconnects with her Magic Moments Family.
All my little boy wants to do is run and play like other kids,” Cooper’s mom said. Cooper, who suffers from hemophilia, is unable to play any sports due to his medical condition and feels like he misses out on so much. However, Cooper felt like a king when he got the VIP treatment during a trip to Disney World for his magic moment. He didn’t have to wait in any lines to ride the rides and he got behind-the-scenes experiences not available to the public. “Thank you for giving my son this gift. It truly meant the world to our entire family.
Noah, like his brother Cooper, also has hemophilia. At the age of five, having to stay calm and not run around due to his diagnosis is tough for an active little boy. Thankfully, Noah was able to put the concerns of his illness aside, if only for a moment, and enjoy a week away at Disney World for his magic moment.
Although she wasn’t expected to make it to five, Cheyenne is thriving as a 13-year-old. She still has daily struggles that will plague her for the rest of her life, but she faces each day with an abundance of hope and joy. Cheyenne’s family wants to encourage runners to be part of BHM 26.2 to help other children like Cheyenne. “Running for these kids reinforces that THEY matter. It shows that their struggles are not in vain and they have support from a community of runners they have never even met before.
Abigail spent the first six weeks of life in the NICU. She was diagnosed with Pruder Willi Syndrome. She had developmental delay and first walked at 3 years old. She was diagnosed with Olliers disease, which was changed to Maffucci Syndrome last year. When Abigail was 6 years old, she was diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer. She had surgery to remove the tumor and did three rounds of chemo. She is cancer free now! Through everything she has been through, she has kept a smile on her face. Abigail’s mom said, “Magic Moments gave Abigail and all of us a trip of a lifetime to Disney! I can never thank them enough for that trip. They granted a wish for my child that I never could grant. Magic Moments is amazing!
Heather Hope Holston
After being diagnosed with leukemia and missing out on her entire kindergarten year, Heather Hope was homeschooled for first grade. In the midst of everything she was facing, Heather Hope enjoyed a very special beach trip with her family complete with many VIP experiences including a behind-the-scenes tour of the Gulf Coast Zoo and a special meet-and-greet at Lulu’s. Being able to have the opportunity to just get away and enjoy a trip with her family was a dream come true and much-needed break in all Heather Hope had faced.