Mile #89 in honor of Julia

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Julia Katharine Alexander is a one-of-a-kind little girl, who is rarely seen without a super bright smile on her face. She's just so full of joy, love, and compassion for others. Everyone who knows her can recall something profound, inspirational, or just plain funny that Julia's shared with them. At home, we call them "Julia-isms." :). Regardless of your encounter with this sweet girl, you leave feeling a little warmer and happier inside. On December 14, 2014, Julia was diagnosed with a Grade II Ependymoma brain tumor. Since then, she has bravely endured three major brain surgeries, five minor surgeries, eight rounds of chemotherapy, and two months of radiation therapy.  While she is not considered NED (No Evidence of Disease), we are so grateful that her tumor remains stable. 

Julia has tons of interests including reading, dancing, playing the piano, singing, exercising, and writing songs and stories. She is a sophomore at Patriot High School, where she is a member of the Backpack Buddies, Buddies Without Boundaries, and Teaching Pioneers Clubs.  Julia also earned an Academic Letter in 2021.  She is a member of the Manassas-Woodbridge Chapter of Jack & Jill of America, Inc., serves as a Senior Girl Scout and loves to volunteer in her community. Julia received her Girl Scout Silver Award in 2020.  

Among Julia’s greatest passions are advocating for more pediatric cancer research funding and working to bring a little sparkle into the lives of patients and survivors. Julia has attended four Childhood Cancer Action Days on Capitol Hill, served as a 2018 St. Baldrick’s Ambassador, and most recently attended Childhood Cancer Advocacy Day at the Virginia State Capitol. She volunteers for fundraising events at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, where she is currently treated, and has organized several item drives for hospitals across our region. Her compassion for little children is astounding, and she plans to one day become a child life specialist and dedicate her career to helping children in medical crisis.

Julia is our powerful, creative, faith-filled superhero, and she will be victorious! 

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