It will be a sad Christmas for the Davis family of Mt. Juliet. Their daughter Sadie lost her fight for life Friday.
In November, the Davis family's 17-month-old daughter was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia. AML is a cancer that starts inside bone marrow, the soft tissue inside bones that helps form blood cells.
Sadie touched the hearts of many with her blond curls and blue eyes. Now her parents, Amber and Tim Davis, will have to learn to cope with grief unimaginable to anyone who has not lost a child.
"It came out of the blue," Tim Davis said from Vanderbilt Children's Hospital earlier in the month. "We went from one Friday thanking God it wasn't leukemia, to the next Friday when she had already completed her first round of chemo."
One of her parents was with her at all times in the hospital, and the entire family came together to help out and to take care of the Davis' 3-year-old son, Eli.
When her story became known, the community turned out in record numbers to join the "Be The Match Registry" to see if a bone marrow match could be found. So many people turned out to be tested, organizers ran out of testing kits. Sadly, Sadie Davis ran out of time.
Laurie DiCicco is part of the Davis' church family at The Journey Church in Lebanon. Church members rallied to support the Davis family during the crisis.
"It's awful," DiCicco said hours after Sadie's death. "Our pastor's wife is meeting with the family now. They're just trying to absorb it all."
Funeral arrangements have yet to be made. DiCicco said anyone who needs information about services should consult The Journey Church's website at tjclive.com, where they will be posted.
Staff writer Mary Hinds may be reached at 615-444-3952, ext. 45 or firstname.lastname@example.org.