Savannah Lewis, 16, was trying out for cheerleading when she suffered from a leg injury. For an aspiring cheerleader, an injury can be devastating.
The devastating news for Lewis, however, came after the initial injury. Not only did Lewis have an injury, but she had an undetected tumor which ultimately led to a diagnosis of Ewing’s Sarcoma.
This cancer diagnosis was not easily discovered, however. The teen had symptoms such as decreased appetite and leg pain.
Once she began treatment for cancer, she was 15 years old and got down to a weight in the 40 pound range within three months.
Something needed to change.
There was an update on the SavannahStrong Facebook page regarding the change in focus as Lewis’ time on earth is coming to a close. On Nov. 27, the update read: “Savannah is being admitted to the hospital for pain management, goal is to be released home Wednesday morning and then hospice takes over…”
Julie Moser, co-founder of the charity Pink Warrior Angels, has gotten to know Lewis over the last year. She wanted to be an angel-like support person for Lewis after she was diagnosed with cancer.
Part of that support looked like making sure the teen’s last wish was granted. When Lewis left the hospital, she was driven the long way home so that she could see the array of “Savannah Strong” signs in town.
A welcome home celebration open to the public awaited her.
Her wish came to life not only through decoration, but also through a Christmas lights spectacular.
The family has asked people to pray for “strength, understanding, words of wisdom and peace of mind during all this,” according to the SavannahStrong Facebook page. Lewis’ wish inspired an overflow of generosity this Christmas season, and we join her family in prayer during this difficult time.
The leg pain was especially terrible at night.