"Rachel Hudson was trying hard to concentrate on her breathing and ever-increasing contractions as she and her husband André were about to welcome their third daughter, Avery. But there were persistent distractions that often kept her mind away from the birthing center at Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa, Calif. Their oldest, Amaya, then 5, was about to start school for the first time, while her little sister, Olivia, was undergoing brain cancer treatment at Rady Children’s Hospital.
'Olivia was always a very funky, very independent little lady who always knew what she wanted. She was very independent from a very young age. She had her own ideas about how things should go. She was a little feisty. She was a lot of fun.'"
Pastor Andre and his wife's story was featured in Refreshed Magazine. Read the full story about their journey and the hope they found in Jesus here. You can also read about their foundation in the story below.
"The foundation’s mission is to raise funding for pediatric brain cancer research, support families in financial need, and increase awareness of brain cancer in children. One of its programs, Olivia’s Kids Against Cancer, specializes in offering educational programs with an eye toward assisting siblings who may get overlooked while the parents focus on an ill child."
Read more about the foundation the Hudson family started in honor of their daughter Olivia at Refreshed.
Photo from Refreshed Magazine by Rhonda Morgan Photography