SMITHVILLE, Mo — Each Sept. 10, the Smithville neighborhood celebrates the lifetime of Éowyn Maynes. “Struggle Like A Princess Day” was began on her fifth birthday when the neighborhood held a fundraiser to assist the Maynes household cowl the price of medical payments. Éowyn was preventing Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma on the time, a uncommon type of pediatric mind most cancers.
“Yearly I replace the youngsters’ photographs however life strikes on, and hers didn’t get to … So her image stays the identical,” mentioned mom Amanda Maynes.
It’s a yearly reminder of a life minimize quick. Whereas she will mentally put together for the large occasions like Mom’s Day and the primary day of faculty, it’s by no means simple to return nose to nose with the little reminders that their daughter is gone.
“Each every now and then we’ll get out six plates for dinner, after which I put one again,” mentioned father Okay.C. Maynes.
It has been three and a half years since Éowyn misplaced her battle to DIPG, however glimpses of who she was nonetheless stay in each nook of their home. Her work nonetheless cling on the partitions and her backpack stays on the door hook.
“You are attempting to recollect who she was but in addition questioning who she would’ve been,” Okay.C mentioned. “There’s no shifting on, simply shifting ahead from it.”
Following Éowyn’s demise on Mom’s Day 2018, her household determined to proceed her legacy by internet hosting a toy drive every year on her birthday. September can be Childhood Most cancers Consciousness Month. All of the donations are given to Youngsters’s Mercy Hospital as a method to give again and to pay it ahead.
“It’s a method to honor her and preserve her reminiscence alive,” Amanda mentioned. “And on the similar time, give again and pay it ahead to different individuals which are in want.”
Jenea Oliver with Youngsters’s Mercy Hospital says she remembers the day she acquired the decision that Éowyn had handed. Oliver’s household had shut ties to the Maynes.
“Yearly on ‘Struggle Like A Princess Day,’ I keep in mind Éowyn,” Oliver mentioned. “However I additionally take into consideration this wonderful household who’s giving again to so many different youngsters and households in Eowyn’s legacy.”
The household hopes Éowyn shall be remembered for her brilliant and spunky persona.
“We love her, and we miss her, and we take her with us in all places,” Amanda mentioned.
The toy drive will proceed by means of Monday. Any donations may be dropped off at DJ’s Espresso in Smithville, Missouri.
For Youngsters’s Mercy Hospital’s Amazon want record, click on here.