A Middle Tennessee woman's heartbreaking yet inspiring story of fighting cancer has touched thousands of people all over the world.
Now, even though Sara Walker has passed away from cancer, her friends are keeping her memory and dreams alive with the Sara Walker Foundation.
Walker's third child was stillborn, then, to make matters worse, she was diagnosed with stage four colon cancer. Faced with this double tragedy, Walker didn't bow down. Instead, she started writing about it and lifted people all over the world along the way.
Walker loved her two boys and her amazing husband, Brian. She wanted to live a long life with them, but always insisted - even in her final interview with Channel 4 one year ago - that she was going to be okay.
"I want to make it clear that to me there's going to be a good outcome either way," she said in March 2012. "Either I get to live here and help raise my boys, which I want to do, or I'll wake up and I'll be in heaven with my little girl."
Then, on Aug. 28, 2012, Walker passed on, leaving behind her boys, her husband, her friends and admirers.
But she also left a burning idea that death is not defeat.
"She hated the phrase, 'lost the battle with cancer.' She said that repeatedly that she didn't want anyone to say she lost her battle with cancer. She saw it as a victory," said friend Alison Jordan.
So, her friends and extended family of physical therapists and admirers worldwide have started the Sara Walker Foundation
The foundation hopes to pay for college for her sons, Camden and Scott, as well as publish her inspiring and faith-filled blog, Savoring the Day.
And, through the foundation, Walker's lifetime of serving others will live forever in the Sara Walker Village in Malawi, where doctors, nurses and volunteers will work to improve the lives of generations.
There was never really any question this foundation had to live on.
"The response to her was just miraculous, really. It was overwhelming - 500,000 hits on her Savoring the Day blog, thousands following her all over the world. And there has been a cry from all over the world, 'How can we continue what she started?'" Jordan said.
Walker's gift was to make anyone see their own blessings and realize the precious value of every day. You can help the foundation that lives in her name by participating in its big annual fundraiser.
The third annual Walker Run/Live for Today 5K is set for Saturday, April 13 at Brentwood High School.
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