Isabelle Jones

My name is Cynthia Jones. I am Isabelle’s paternal grandmother, known to her fondly as “Nana.” In case you didn’t read the article, in January 2014, Isabelle was diagnosed with an inoperable, incurable brain tumor that was found to be stage III brain cancer. I was with her almost every day during her illness, and I think of her every day since she lost her fight on Dec. 11, 2014. She was 10 years old. 

When I think of her, the two words that come to mind are “amazing” and “courageous.” No matter what kind of day she was having, she always found a reason to smile. I always called her my beautiful, sweet girl.

One of the many things Isabelle did before she died was become involved in the CureSearch Walk for Children’s Cancer. It was her decision to walk and raise money to help find a cure for children’s cancer. She was so excited about participating and was looking forward to walking in it again this year.

CureSearch for Children’s Cancer is a non-profit foundation whose mission is to fund and support targeted and innovative children’s cancer research, with measurable results. In addition, they are the authoritative source for information about children’s cancer for families and their support systems.

The CureSearch Walk honors and celebrates children whose lives have been affected by children’s cancer. According to CureSearch, more than 40,000 children are in cancer treatment each year, and 5 of the 43 diagnosed each day do not survive.

Isabelle’s friends are participating in the walk this year in her memory. Their team is called “Princess Belle’s Friends,” headed by team captain Isabel Richmond, who has been her best friend since first grade at Lincoln Elementary in Oak Park. The walk is Sept. 20 at Boomer’s Stadium in Schaumburg. To join the team or make a donation online in memory of Isabelle Jones, please go to: www.curesearchwalk.org/chicago/princessbellesfriends.

We are also having a kick-off this Sunday, Aug. 9 at First Baptist Church of Oak  Park, 820 Ontario St., from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be a lemonade stand and bake sale, as well as kids’ activities. Please come and meet Isabelle’s friends, and learn more about CureSearch for Children’s Cancer. For more information about the kick-off, please call 708-848-4070. You can also go online to learn more about CureSearch at www.curesearch.org.

Thank you for all your love and support,

Cynthia Jones and Princess Belle’s friends

Oak Park

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