A parade of cars drove through a neighborhood of Arlington on August 29tho Raising awareness of childhood cancer and providing support to Addie Bourasaw, a child diagnosed with cancer this year.
A local family helped organize the parade after their child was diagnosed with a type of brain cancer in early February.
“We’re holding a parade in our community in support of my step daughter Addie, who has brain cancer,” said Courtney Bourasaw.
The parade passed through the residential area of downtown Arlington along French Avenue and a few other streets.
Bourasaw and her husband do not currently live with Addie, who is with her other parent in Oklahoma. They haven’t seen her since the diagnosis.
“The hardest part was the distance,” said Bourasaw. “It was financially and emotionally exhausting.”
The Arlington family wanted to put something together to show that the people here also support Addie while she is going through a difficult time.
“It’s just to reiterate that she has a lot of people who love and care for her,” Bourasaw said.
They hope a parade will show Addie that the people here still think of her.
“We just want to support them and let them know that they are supported here in Washington,” said Bourasaw.
It has been a rough year for the family as there is no recovery or treatment from the type of brain tumor that Addie was diagnosed with.
“There is no cure with this diagnosis. The doctor is essentially telling you to just go home and use the remaining time to make memories, ”Bourasaw said.
Bourasaw has children of their own, including a son who is Addie aged.
“He understands he’s going to lose his sister and it’s really hard for him to deal with,” she said. “That burdens us all.”
With their time remaining, Bourasaw hopes they can show how much they love Addie.
“For all of us, we just want to make the most of the time we have left,” she said.
Bourasaw also hopes that more will be done to find cures for the cancers that affect children and that the parade can help raise awareness.
“Federal funding for childhood cancer only gets 4 percent of the total,” she said.
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