Supporting the Stouts
The findings at the hospital were not positive. Unfortunately, things have taken a turn for the worse with Ashlynne’s health. Cancer has now spread to her brain, in 3 different locations, as well as into her lungs once again. According to the doctors, one of the locations in the brain is operable and likely can be removed successfully. But the harder news to hear, and to live with, is that the other 2 spots in her brain are in locations that are in-operable, and are not likely going to be able to be removed or cured. The best that they are hoping for as she goes into surgery for this, is that perhaps they help extend her life a number of months and give her and her family some extra time together before things become inevitably worse for her.
All of us know how quickly our priorities shift when a member of our immediate family suddenly stands the increased, or imminent chance of loosing their life due to an illness. All of a sudden, spending every waking moment with that person becomes the highest priority of your life. Choosing how and when and what to do with them becomes even a greater priority than school, work, play, or other worthy goals.
HOWEVER…..a family’s financial pressure to pay for the bills associated with the illness, or the time off from work as you hold your daughters hand through their surgeries and rehab appointments, don’t ever let up.
Bills and financial demands have already started and will keep racing into the Stouts front door, while they are trying harder and harder to focus on what matters most to them with the precious months, weeks, days, minutes, ……“MOMENTS”….. that they have left to be with their Ashlynne.
The last thing we, as their friends, want them to be worrying about is the financial pressures that are coming their way during this emotionally trying time. Please join with us and offer your financial support as generously as you have means to give, and show your love and support in a way that will help relieve this financial stress. This way they can focus on what truly matters most at this stage of Ashlynne’s and the Stout Family’s life right now.
Chirst has taught, “Do unto others as you would want done unto you”.
If you and your spouse were in the Stouts shoes right now, with your oldest child in Ashlynne’s shoes…..What would you hope others might do for you, to lift your burden and to lighten your load? In addition to all the prayers you can offer, and other acts of kindness and service as you have time or ability to offer…..PLEASE join with us and DONATE NOW.
WE LOVE THEM! And we know you do to. Thank you.
Regarding Ashlynne, the Stouts, and their story:
For those of you who may not be familiar with the stouts and their daughter’s story, let me give you a brief overview. In March of 2012, Ashlynne was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer in her femur. Treatment required that Ashlynne and her mom (who was pregnant) and her 16-month old sister, Averie to move to Seattle for 8 months of aggressive chemotherapy and surgical treatment at Seattle Children's Hospital.
In late March 2012, Ashlynne and her mom, Cherish, and baby, Averie said goodbye to her three siblings Bayleigh (8), Camden (6), Mikiah (3), and their father, Craig, and moved to Seattle. Because of the aggressive nature of Osteosarcoma, Ashlynne would spend 8 months, 5 days at a time, in the hospital undergoing chemotherapy.
After many weeks of chemo, Ashlynne had her first major surgery. She underwent a double (both lungs) thoracotomy or lung surgery to remove metastatic osteosarcoma. Luckily, the biopsies came back negative for cancer. One month later, she had another major surgery to remove the major tumor in her leg. Six inches of her distal femur was removed and she was given an advanced full knee replacement.
After finishing chemotherapy and her surgeries, Ashlynne went home on Halloween of 2012, CANCER FREE. For two years she enjoyed a fairly normal childhood, except for one stay in the hospital where her knee implant broke through her tibia and underwent a couple surgeries to fix it. Since her surgeries, Ashlynne has always walked with a limp.
Then, at a routine examine in late 2014 doctors discovered her cancer had metastasized to her lungs. This time it was confirmed osteosarcoma. She underwent another thoracotomy, or lung surgery, but this time only on her left side. She was given a 50% probability that it would reoccur in the future. In July of 2015, it recurred again and Ashlynne repeated the same Surgery on the same lung.
In November of 2015, while coming out of Costco, Ashlynne suffered what appeared to be a mini stroke. Her mother rushed her to the nearest hospital where they took a CT scan and found that something was affecting her brain. The decision was made to life flight her to Seattle Children's Hospital. There they found that the cancer had metastasized to her brain.
It is extremely rare for this to happen. Doctors say they have only seen about a dozen cases where this type of cancer metastasize to the brain.
The doctors have determined that there are three tumors in the brain, one of which is operable, two of which are not. The surgery to remove the operable tumor is scheduled for today, November 13, 2015, and the doctors hope that the surgery will prolong life and stunt the progress of the two inoperable tumors. Ashlynne is a fighter and we are all praying for her.
Decorated beautifully with pictures of Ashlynne and her family and filled with music that both uplifted and forced a waterworks of tears from all who attended. Cherish and Craig both had opportunities to speak and share stories from Ashlynne's life as well as bear their own sweet testimonies of our Heavenly Fathers plan. It was a celebration of her life and a reminder of how much she touched us all. We felt blessed and honored to be able to be a part of it.
A fitting touch was the snow flurries that Ashlynne so loves. Cold as it was, there was a beauty about it all, that made this a special day for all who attended.
Forever in our hearts & memories! We all love you Ashlynne.
(Included is an audio recording of the girls choir that sang a medley of Ashlynne's favorite primary songs. It was beautiful to see so many young women, who knew Ashlynne, come together and sing these songs for her.)
I loved hearing about all of the youth who came together at the church to make the luminaries, and I would especially like to thank Mallory Stoker who took this project home and continued to make them with friends at a New Years Party and then all throughout the day today. A big shout out to Taylor, Emily, and Alicia for independently making a ton of these as well. They were beautiful! And thanks to Tyson for spearheading the KANO involvement in this event.
Thank you to all of the friend's, family, and community members who came out to support the Stout's tonight. There are too many to list individually, (over a hundred), so please just know, that for each of you that played a part in this, it was perfect, and perfectly appreciated by the Stouts.
One measurable success that came from this event is that it helped to raise an additional $1,258 for the Stout Family. Every dime helps, and THIS IS ALOT OF DIMES!!! It is amazing to see what youth and friends can come together and do for those they love. Thank you once again.
Reminder: Ashlynne's funeral will be held Saturday January 2nd, 11:00am at the LDS Hansen Park building (8120 W 4th Ave, Kennewick) with a viewing before hand from 10:00-10:45am.
In addition to announcing the funeral times I wanted to take a moment and say THANK YOU to all who have so generously donated to the Stouts, we are almost to the half way point of what we are trying to raise for their family!
The Stout's have expressed repeatedly how helpful it has been and how much they have appreciated everyones generosity.
We all know how expensive the medical side of this can be and now unfortunalty they have funeral expenses on top of it. As their friends we would just like to put one more plug out there to those who have not yet had an opportunity to donate or perhaps who can donate a little extra beyond what you already have.
This is one of the most helpful ways that we as friends, family, and community, can show our support and love at this time. And to show that we share in the Stout's grief and burden in some small way, and that we want to do something to help them in this time of loss.
Let's help lift these financial burdens and allow them, as a family, time to grieve and heal without these pressures weighing on them.
*In addition to this Gofundme site a USBank account has been set up in Ashlynne's name to receive donations by those of you who prefer to hand deliver your donation over using an online link. This can be done by going into any USBank and letting the teller know you would like to donate to the Ashlynne Stout donation account. They will deposit the money and 100% of the proceeds will go to the Stout family to help cover medical/funeral expenses. Thank you!
In the arms of her loved ones, and comfortably at home surrounded with family, she left the pain of her sick and broken mortal body behind and returned home to the loving embrace of her Lord and Savior. Finally in peace.
On Christmas Day she was admitted to Seattle Children’s Hospital once again when doctors discovered 2 new and fast growing tumors in her brain. They told the Stouts that she had 1 week left to live and the plans were made to get her home by Sunday. This way, she could spend that last week at home with family by her side and hospice to aid her through this process.
Sunday morning came and Ashlynne started losing more and more functions. Loss of speech, struggling with muscle functions and the ability to control her body movements, etc. Craig and Cherish felt a great urgency to get her home immediately to insure that all of their family could be with her without further delay. They left the hospital quickly and raced home.
The Stout family was able to gather around and share in Ashlynne’s final few hours on earth in their living room at home.
Many times throughout this journey, Craig and Cherish would comment how it doesn’t always seem like, or feel like she is “sick”. She smiles with a glow. Gets up and interacts perfectly and normally. She serves, and loves, and laughs, and lives…..Like Normal. Despite the fact that cancer or other ailments were attacking her relentlessly. Truly we see that she fought bravely and put on the strongest possible face that she could. She wanted to live life to the fullest, right up to the very last moment.
Look at the family pictures that were taken just a week ago. Beautiful, angelic, normal, healthy looking! She loved her family, and they loved her.
To phrase that more appropriately….she LOVES her family, and they LOVE her.
With pictures like these, there will never be any forgetting of her face, or struggling to remember how she completes this family. She will forever be cherished…... She will forever be missed……..She will be forever remembered………..and She will forever be loved……. By her nurturing mother and father, her loving siblings, and her friends.
Families are forever. We love you Ashlynne. We love you Stout Family. May God Bless and strengthen you all.
From a HUGE and loving community of friends and family.
We are deeply heartbroken over the loss of your daughter. We are praying for you. We just lost our 16 year old son who also went to Kamiakin October 12th this year. I know there's nothing I can say or do to ease your pain, just know we are praying for you that somehow you can find peace through this time. God bless.
The kids an d I were just talking about what a great example you are of faith, we talked at length after hearing of your trip. The kids asked why someone so sweet and wonderful as you would have to go through this. I said that I didn't know, but what I DO know is that the testimony some months ago that you bore was something that changed me. It gave me hope that if you, at your age could bear this with a smile and faith in the Lords plan, I could handle whatever I had that was hard. Your faith inspired me, Thatis the one thing I DO KNOW. Your faith and love of God and the Savior is an example to so many and we love you so very much. Laura, Allie, Payton
I love you pretty girl! We want you to get well soon! I miss our writing sessions together. You are such a smart young lady. I hope to see you soon! Thank you for your amazing example of courage and faith! Love Alicia Walters
So sorry for your loss, she fought the good fight. Hopefully your family will heal knowing what a blessing she was to so many, and now she's with the Heavenly Father, pain free. Blessings.
We love you Stout family. We are so grateful that we got to know Ashlynne. We are so grateful we got to hear her share such a strong and beautiful testimony many times. We are thankful for her kindness to our children. We will always remember her and your family is in our prayers and thoughts.
Tymberlan and family express our deepest condolences to Ashlynne's family. Tymberlan and Ashlynne were great friends before our move to Florida. It is with great sorrow we know she is in the hands of Jesus now and without pain and suffering. God Bless you:)
My deepest condolences to you and your Family Craig. I'm happy she was among the ones she loves.
It brings (happy) tears to my eyes seeing how our church as pulled together to pray for your family and how everyone's lives have been touched in some way by this amazing little person. Thank you for setting such a great example.
My heart breaks for you and your family. I will never understand the reasoning behind it. My thoughts are with you . ♡
We are praying for you and the family!!!