"Don't be afraid, JUST BELIEVE!"   |   Monday, November 21, 2011

Our newest Kourageous Kid is Paige D. and she ROCKS! MSU Football fan and Fashionista all rolled into a pint sized, bundle of happy! Celebrating her 12th birthday just yesterday, the MSU team "Played for Paige" on Saturday as she cheered from the sidelines, with the team! Read about her journey and association with the MSU guys HERE.
Paige's journey with cancer started a few years ago, found accidentally after a fall in a skiing accident in 2008. A brain tumor was discovered and headache's ensued. It was eventually diagnosed as a Meduloblastoma, occurring in the area of the brain that controls balance and other motor functions. Paige has now undergone, a 6 hour operation to remove the tumor, 30 radiation treatments, 2 blood transfusions, 14 weeks of chemotherapy, numerous boosts to her immune system and 34 more weeks of chemo YET TO COME....but her mantra is, "Don't be afraid, JUST BELIEVE."
She's an athletic kid, a soccer team in Okemos..... but more recently, side-lined at her own games, but not at the MSU Spartan Stadium!
Initially, reluctant to participate in the Kourageous Kids program, she changed her mind and wanted to do it to "help other kids" with cancer... and help she will! She ROCKED her 'modeling session' with several outfit changes, all with coordinating accessories and scarves. Someday, Paige hopes to be a teacher. I think that she's already doing that.... teaching everyone about what it's like to not be afraid, how to be Kourageous and to BELIEVE! Including some giant men dressed in Green and White.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

PAIGE: What beautiful pictures, you will always be my star, just keep-on
keepin-on. So proud of you for entering the Oldham Project, your
actions give uplifting energy to all your contacts!

Love always: Grandpa Rizzi

November 21, 2011 at 12:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Paige, my husband is a huge MSU fan also. He said you are braver and stronger than anyone on the field. Your pictures are beautiful. I can see your winning spirit. I can imagine that cancer is a private journey, but sharing it with us, is inspiring. It makes me feel like if you can do this, I can do hard thing too. Much love from people you don't know but you have touch us, you will be in our daily prayer, You are already a teacher!!!!

November 21, 2011 at 8:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Paige, teaching is so much more than math and history. It is leading by example, maintaining high personal integrity, and smiling every day (even when you don't feel happy). Teaching means being a role model, motivating others, and making the best out of every situation that comes your way. When you chose to open your journey to us, you became a teacher, and the lessons you teach every day are meaningful and beautiful. Your courage and determination are so inspiring to all who know you - adults and kids alike. People you don't even know find strength in your story. Sweetie, you ARE a teacher... and one I am proud to know.

I believe!
Ms. Francis

November 22, 2011 at 8:12 AM  
Blogger etc. said...

Beautiful pictures -- what a beautiful girl. We believe!

November 23, 2011 at 4:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What an inspiration you are. You ROCK Paige!
I believe,
Sharon Smith (Terry Koglin's Aunt)

November 23, 2011 at 8:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Paige,
You are an amazing person - I have followed your story since learning of what you are going thru from a mutual friend - Dr. Linda Peterson. I too work at IRMC and know of your Dad. I have had some health issues recently and so many friends and family members have been my greatest cheerleaders. I know you have many in your corner, cheering you on as well. I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.

Sincerely and with a warm hug for you,
Marty McDougall

Take good care of yourself

December 1, 2011 at 2:38 PM  

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