11-year-old patient honored

The following is a press release from Christus St. Patrick Hospital:

Christus St. Patrick Hospital and Stine Home & Yard, an authorized Ace Hardware Co-Op Member,  will honor Taylor Oliver, an 11-year-old Christus St. Patrick hospital patient, as the Louisiana Champion in the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Champions program. Stine Home & Yard staff and customers will greet Taylor and her family as she prepares for her trip to Orlando, Fla. and Washington, D.C.  Taylor will be signing autographs and posing for pictures.

Stine Home & Yard will also be participating in the CMN Champion Fundraising Icon Campaign.   Icons are $1.00 each.  All proceeds will benefit Children's Miracle Network of CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital.
When Taylor was just 15 months old, she was given the diagnosis of phase 4 neuroblastoma. She spent three months in the hospital while undergoing chemotherapy. After all treatment was complete, the family received the news that the chemotherapy did not work. The prognosis was now terminal. Taylor was not expected to make her second birthday, just four months away.

But Taylor did survive. She survived when tumors continued to grow, protruding out of her head and disfiguring her face. She survived when a tumor threatened to block her airway and suffocate her. She survived when the cancer took her vision and left her "legally blind." She recently survived brain surgery and 6 weeks of radiation.

Challenges continue to present themselves and Taylor keeps surviving.   She walks, runs and plays softball, soccer, and basketball. She has dreams of becoming a chef and owning a restaurant. It looks like Taylor will live to see those dreams come true, thanks to the biggest miracle of all: The tumors are remain benign and Taylor is cancer-free.

The event will be held Tuesday, September 27th at 4:00pm. It will be held at the Stine Home and Yard at 4501 Nelson Road.

Every year, the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals® Champions program identifies a child with a remarkable medical story from each state. These Champions serve as ambassadors for the 17 million children treated at Children's Miracle Network Hospitals annually. The Champions and their families will travel to Orlando, Fla. and Washington, D.C., in October to highlight the vital work of children's hospitals.