As East Tennessee 5-year-old fights cancer, community fights with her


CLEVELAND, Tenn. (WATE) – A 5-year-old girl in Cleveland is in the fight for her life.

Olivia Weatherford was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer on April 2, 2019.

Now, her community is proving it has her back. 

As Olivia battles neuroblastoma, the community is going to Greenway Park to support a family in a challenging situation.

“She loves to be outside and she plays T-Ball, plays with her friends and she loves unicorns,” said family friend Camill Howard.

A Facebook post from Olivia’s parents explains how a tumor was found in her stomach and cancer in her bone marrow.

Those words struck a nerve with the Cleveland faithful.

“How do you not say ‘let’s do something,’?” Howard said.

That is why a 5K run and one-mile walk is being held in Olivia’s honor.

“Any family that is thrown into this scenario could use financial support and just knowing that the community is out there,” said Brittany Durkin.

She owns Terra Running Company, which is the company sponsoring the event on June 1.

“The more people and the more money we can give to them and show them how much we love them, the better,” Durkin said.

All proceeds are going to the Weatherford family. 

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“We hope that they feel that and we hope that with this event, they will continue to feel that and know how much love there is for them in Cleveland,” Durkin said.

“We love you,” Howard said as a message to Olivia and the Weatherford family.

“We want you to know that we will not stop supporting you and praying for you until Olivia is home and cancer free.”

     You can contribute to the family’s Amazon registry here.

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