Abbigail Lucas was only five years old when she was diagnosed with medulloblastoma, a type of brain cancer which forms tumors in the cerebellum, the part of the brain that controls balance and other complex motor functions.
For seven years of her all-too-short life, Miss Lucas fought tooth and nail against the cancer, proving she was truly “Abbi Strong.” The disease took advantage of Abbi’s fragile little body and she “gained her angel wings” March 20, 2013.
In her 12 years, Abbi Strong accomplished more than most people dream of doing in their lifetime. Abbi was an award-winning artist, a celebrated model, a star in the school band, and an honor roll student. The young woman gained a wealth of friends throughout her battle the world around.
Abbi’s cancer went into remission after rounds of surgery, radiation and chemotherapy. She stayed cancer-free for five years and five months.
In April of 2011 the Lucas family discovered Abbi’s cancer was back, and stronger than before. The tough, sweet girl was involved with two separate studies, both of which failed. Abbi was recently accepted to participate in a new Phase I study at the St. Louis Children’s Hospital.
An amazing number of people, 5,440 at last count, followed Abbi’s Facebook page, “Prayers for Abbi Lucas.” These individuals kept Abbi in their prayer groups and posted reassuring comments on her page very frequently.
Thousands of people that had never even had the pleasure of meeting Abbi Strong hung on the every word posted to the page. Fortunately, through the help of Abbi’s mother Wendi, these followers were kept up-to-date every step of the way.
Abbi stayed in contact with her friends from school and welcomed visitors to her home. She most loved when family friends brought their babies to visit, as she loved kids.
The Bowling Green community backed Abbi with an amazing rapport. Signs from local businesses were emblazoned with the words “Abbi Strong.” The city recently dedicated a park pavilion in Abbi’s honor. A local rodeo company chose to name both an award-winning bucking horse and bull with her namesake.
Little Miss Lucas was making waves, whether she knew it or not. People all over the country knew of Abbi Strong, and she quickly became a hero.
Abbi loved babies, her pets, the color purple, and dolphins. She recently got to fulfill her dream of swimming with dolphins on a family vacation to Florida.
The fragile, beautiful young woman was filled with grace to her very last breath. She was a hero to many and a friend to all. Miss Lucas may be gone now, but she is never forgotten, and she will always be Abbi Strong.