Tue, 27 Aug 2013 23:13:41 GMT —
Until three weeks ago, the Stone family was just like every other family in the Rosebud neighborhood. The Stone's daughter, three-year-old Julia, loves Care Bears, dancing, and most of all, The Smurfs.
The picture perfect family recently got news that no one wants to hear. Julia was diagnosed with stage 4 Ewing's Sarcoma, which is a very rare form of childhood cancer that affects only three in one million children.
Julia's dad, Rich, remembers all too well the day they got the terrible news.
"It was very devastating for us. It was a shock but with as many people praying for us and the faith that we have in the Lord, it is not too big for him and we believe that with all our hearts and we know that it's going to be alright."
Julia will be undergoing chemotherapy for 12 weeks. She'll also have a bone marrow transplant, followed by additional chemo. While doctors are giving Julia a 20 percent survival rate, the Stones feel those odds aren't necessarily the only thing for them to rely on.
Julia's mom Rachel says, "Our thought is that's just what doctors can do, and we believe that God is going to make it 100%, and she's going to be just fine."
The Stones have been overwhelmed by support from the small town of Rosebud, and surrounding communities. A Facebook page called "Prayers for Julia" has more than 1500 members. Family and friends are planning many benefits to help with medical expenses, including a 5K run, poker run, and many more.
For details on upcoming benefits for Julia, you can join the "Prayers for Julia" Facebook page.