WINNSBORO — Birthdays celebrate life and that was all the more true for Liz Baggott this year on her birthday, Oct. 10.
After two years of treatment for acute lymphoma leukemia, her daughter, Lily, officially was declared in remission that morning. Her second grade class threw a party, complete with balloons and cupcakes to celebrate the occasion.
A year ago, Team Lily united the community for the fundraiser for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, the “Light the Night Walk.” Now this fall, her family wants to give back to the community that mobilized on their behalf while their child was ill.
The fund-raising efforts included the Richard Winn Academy football team, cheerleading squad, students and surrounding community with the group raising over $5,400 for the cause.
Her family will have a booth at Richard Winn’s Harvest Fest on Oct. 26 to remember the times and to thank the supporters.
They will have a sheet cake to share and are including a bouncing house for the children to enjoy as they celebrate just how far Lily has bounced back in the past year thanks to the prayers and support of so many in the community.
“We have been overwhelmed with people helping along the way,” said Lily’s grandmother Betty Harden. “She was so excited when she left for school Wednesday and did not have to take medicine first.”
Lily completed maintenance chemotherapy and steroid treatments on Sept. 24. Her mother, Liz Baggott, said the doctors marked Oct. 10 as the day her daughter could finally stop the oral chemotherapy in her battle with the disease.