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Owens' Story

Owen is a happy baby boy who loves to play with his big brother. He enjoys snacking on chips, playing with cars and watching his favorite show, Blippi. 

In July of 2020, two weeks after Owen’s 1st birthday, he became very lethargic and sick. Our family received the worst news during an MRI at Great Falls emergency room. There is a tumor in Owen’s brain. 

The tumor was large enough to have created hydrocephalus- in which he underwent an emergency draining procedure before he was flew to Seattle Children’s Hospital. Upon arrival he went through several other surgeries including a shunt placement, tumor debulk, and port placement. 

The official name of his tumor is an optic pathway glioma. His optic nerves grew right through the tumor, making it inoperable. He will have this tumor for the rest of his life. 

We spent a little over a month in Seattle while he healed from surgeries and started his chemotherapy treatments. Thankfully, we were able to move home to Browning Montana and continue his treatments in Kalispell. We travel two hours through the pass at least once a week to attend all of his therapies. We also fly back to Seattle for his quarterly MRI’s. 

It has been a tough year but Owen has always maintained a smile and strength like no other. He inspires us every day! 

I am only one but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can still do something. I will not refuse to do the something I can do.

Helen Keller

Libbey Cope

March 3, 1993 – May 19, 2022

I believe some people come into your life for a reason.  Our family was blessed to meet Libby Cope.

Libby had just graduated from high school, when she was diagnosed with a rare salivary gland cancer.  She completed her treatment, and all her scans were clear.  Nine years later, she found out the cancer had returned. 

Libby was compassionate and caring; kindness was her way of life.  She was thoughtful, joyful, and wise beyond her years.  She loved baseball, playing animal crossing, track & field, traveling the world, beach combing, Disneyland, playing at the park and her three cats.  Family and friends were essential to her, and she showed up to every important event for everyone in her life.

“She really touched so many people in a positive way, she was smiling and loving right up to the end.”

– Libby’s Mom, Pamela

A brief, but incredible life.

Thank you, Libby for sharing your beauty both inside and out.

 

“And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that counts.I t’s the life in your years.”

– Abraham Lincoln

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