WE stand for ZOE

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Gabie Owens
on behalf of Adam Owens
 RENTON, WA
My name is Gabie Owens and I am Zoe's sister. Zoe is the strongest girl I have ever met. I am here to ask you to donate whatever you can for my baby sis and tell you her story! 

Zoe Owens is a 14-year-old girl who has been going through an on-going, difficult struggle for two years. When she was in middle school, she started to suffer with severe and unbearable health problems, like migraines, vomitting, and abdominal pain. We had many visits to the doctor and no one knew what was wrong. She went through many surgeries and trips to the hospital, with no one having any knowledge on why my Zoe was not doing well. 

This past Easter night on April 16th, Zoe stopped eating, and had no balance or coordination when awake. The next day (April 17th), Zoe had a seizure ,for about 1 minute, in our house. It is so scary seeing more than 10 people in my house trying to help Zoe. Paramedics and firefighters were there to help support Zoe in our house that day. Zoe was taken to the hospital, and the doctors positivitly believed that she had a condition of a very severe migraine, which was causing the persistent nausea and headaches.

Adam and Joy Owens, our parents, are nurses and knew that it was something way more than just migraines. On April 18th, 2017, at 3:00am, Zoe told my parents that she loved us all. Startled, Zoe asked, "Mommy? Daddy? Does this mean I am going to die?" My parents said, "No honey. You will be alright. God is with you". Zoe responded by telling my parents that she was ready to see her Grandma and Grandpa in Heaven. By God's grace, Zoe appeared at peace, when she was potentially facing her own passing away. Right after that moment, Zoe went into another seizure that lasted for 10 minutes. Although Zoe was at peace, God granted the doctors and nurses aiding Zoe with wisdom, telling Zoe that it was not her time to go to Heaven just yet.

Zoe knew that something was going to happen and could sense it. She wanted to tell everyone that she loved them so much. When Adam pressed the Emergency Button everyone in the hospital came and helped Zoe. For 10 minutes Zoe was not responding and was not acting like herself. 30 different nurses and doctors came in to support Zoe and help calm her down. She stopped breathing for a very short time. 

After Zoe stopped having the seizure, my parents fought for Zoe to get an MRI. The doctors finally decided to see if there was anything in her brain. They found a brain tumor the size of a golf ball at the base of Zoe's brain stem, surrounded by fluids that were compressing her brain.

The doctors said that they need to treat the tumor as soon as possible. Zoe soon had another surgery right after the MRI to get some fluid out of her head which would stop the headaches. The next day Zoe had the brain tumor surgery. The surgery was supposed to be 4 hours ,but it took 8 hours to take 95% of the tumor out. Thankfully, the tumor was not cancerous and was only the first stage of a brain tumor.

This past week has been the scariest week of my life for my family and I. As a sister, I see Zoe and talk to her everyday. Coming from being so close to my sister to not being able to speak with her at all breaks my heart. My family and I have been praying for a quick recovery and peace, and God has slowly given us this desired peace throughout the past week.

After the brain tumor surgery, Zoe kept resting. She still hasn't woken up from surgery since this day (April 29th). She just had another surgery (April 28th) to have a shunt running from her head into her stomach, rather than from her head to the outside of her head. This shunt will help control the excess fluids around Zoe's brain.

She is super strong. I want you to know that God had this plan. He had everything come up for a reason. He had the time and the placing spot on.  Even through this crazy trial of faith, God has not forsaken my family. We are so thankful for the consistent prayer and support we have recieved, and we would sincerely appreaciate your help, too.

ZOE is a MIRACLE. I need this fund for Zoe because she is going to need so many new changes  for her health plan to help her recover, all of which are not cheap. She will have a series of tests in the future, such as MRI testing every 3 months. She will have to have rehab for months or even years. On top of MRI and rehab/therapy costs, we need this fund for medical supplies and medicines as well. She may not walk for weeks or months. She may have to be in a wheelchair up to months on end. Only God knows, and we put full trust in Him.

This fund is all for Zoe. She is my bestfriend, and I want the ultimate best for her. I feel so helpless not being by her side everyday. This fund would help my family so much. If you would donate money or just pray for us, we are already so thankful for that.

God is so amazing. We are so grateful that Zoe is alive and here right now. Luckily, she is recovering, and she is slowly responding by wiggling her toes or squeezing the surgeon's fingers.

Please just pray for Zoe and my family. We love and apreciate you all so much. Thank you for reading Zoe's story. I can not wait for her to wake up and see all the support from all of you guys :)

One amazing thing about my little Zoe, is that she wants to be a pediatric oncologist when she grows up. Isn't that amazing how Zoe wants the be the doctor who treats kids with what she just went through? God works in wonderful ways am I right?

This is all for my baby zozo. I am so proud of her. She is stronger than I will ever be. She can do anything with Christ who strengthens her.

Thank you again,

Gabie :)


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Hi family!! I hope and pray you guys are all doing amazing. I wanted to give you a quick little update on Zoe and our family right now. This summer has been incredible and it’s been one of the best summers I could ever have. Zoe has been improving slowly but she is staying strong and is determined to get everything that she had before back. School is about a week away and we both are so excited to start! She has been writing, talking, reading, and so many other things as well! She still does not have her balance yet so she has to walk with someone supporting her but she’s so close to getting it. Please keep praying for her to finally get her balance so she can walk on her own and not need a walker or any assistance anymore. This past week we went to Hawaii for a Make-A-Wish and it was an amazing journey. I want to thank Make-A-Wish for making this summer so amazing! There are some pictures that I will be posting down below so you can check out as well. Without Zoe we would not have gone on this vacation. She is one amazing girl who is a miracle in my eyes. Even though she has been so sassy to me, she makes me happy and content and satisfied with my life. I am so thankful and blessed to have her as my little sister and I wouldn’t change that for the world. She’s my role model and makes me become a stronger and more patient individual as well. My relationship with Jesus has skyrocketed and Zoe has been a huge impact on that as well. God is so good through it all and he’s been showing me and teaching me how to live life to the fullest and to be content with what I have. Whatever you’re going through just know that it’s going to work out. I’ve been stressed out with college applications and SAT scores and I’ve just learned that God is going to make it work no matter what happens. And what you receive on a transcript or on a piece of paper is so little in the grand scheme of things. He has a bigger plan for you than a small litter little grade or small little four digit number on your SAT. I want you to never give up and try your best because that’s all you can do and know that I am here to support and love and care for you as well. God always has your back and never forget that. It’s easy to forget when life isn’t going your way but know that God‘s will is going to be 10 times better!Thank you guys for your prayers and your support and I really truly appreciate all that you guys have done this past year and couple months. I will definitely be giving you guys more updates as well. My parents have been such a huge support and they are not giving up! They are helping Zoe to do her best with six types of therapies every single week. GO ZOE GO!

I love you all and I appreciate your prayers! GOD IS WONDERFUL!

Love, Gabie :)
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Hi, amazing people!

I know it has been a while, but I wanted to give you an update on how Zo and the family have been. GOD. IS. GREAT. Wow, I do not know where to start. Zoe and I just finished our freshman and junior year of high school and it has been one crazy roller coaster ride. As a matter of fact, ZOE did better than me in school! She received all A's!! She is one smarty pants. While I, on the other hand, was not even close to all A's! She is working so hard. Having hours of therapy at home, school, or in the hospital, she has been working nonstop to get to where she was before! She is writing, talking nonstop (SUPER SASSY TO ME), and is walking with assistance still. All she needs is her balance so she can walk without a walker! Please keep praying for her and her recovery.

It has been a long road,  but God has been with us from the beginning and is really showing us how blessed we truly are. Even through the hardest struggles and challenges, I still feel so thankful for all I have. I have a home. I have an education. I have food that is always available. I have family and friends. I have Jesus. And most of all I have Zoe. It is weird to say it, but I am blessed that my family went through this battle and is still going through it. Because I have grown as a leader, friend, Christian, sister, and individual. My relationship with Jesus has skyrocketed and he has been teaching me to be patient, love others unconditionally, and never take things for granted.

LIVE IN THE MOMENT. Life is crazy. But it goes on. So live each day like it is your last day on earth. You never know what is going to happen in your life. Say thank you to others. Say I love you to your loved ones. SMILE MORE. I promise you, the more you do this, you will have a better outlook on things. When challenges and obstacles hit you, by having that positive attitude and trust in Jesus, you will learn that God has you covered and he is not leaving you... EVER! I am so blessed to have this platform to talk to you guys about my life and my family. I want you to know you are not alone and you are beautiful inside and out, just the way you are. Do not change because of the world, but stay strong to your morals and shine BRIGHT!

Another thing I have learned this past year while being in school and going through hard trials is just knowing God has a plan. At the moment we can feel stressed, scared, unloved, or not good enough. But YOU ARE. We all are going through something that is hard. A final test. A relationship. A sport-related injury. You will get through it. May not look like you will in the moment, but you will do it. You all have a huge life ahead. I can not wait to see what God has in store because he truly does want you to succeed in life. My family and I pray for each and every one of you.

Thank you for your prayers. Zoe is a testimony to us all and without your prayers and God, we would not be where we are today. Here are some pictures and videos of Zoe improving!

This video is Zoe waving a flag at Districts for Track!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K3ko_kmUiBg

This video is Zoe doing some occupational and physical therapy at Seattle Children's Hospital!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W-KgwDVh1oY

Love you all!!
Gab :)
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Hi family! I pray you all are doing wonderful!! I wanted to give you a quick little update on ZOZO! Life is still very hectic and challenging. With everything that has happened, our schedule has been a lot busier with therapy, school, and other things. ALTHOUGH... she is improving so much!! Zoe is finally getting her balance back. We also just got this walker that allows her to walk without anyone holding her up. She is gaining so much muscle out of all her therapies. We are truly blessed to have therapy at Seattle Children's Hospital, and at Liberty High School! Thank you JESUS!

I have three videos that I just posted on Youtube and I really want you to watch each one. Zoe is so so so inspiring. She is being herself. She is not worrying about what others think about her. She is the definition of perseverance. It has been about one year since everything has changed, and this year has been one of the hardest, scariest, saddest, years of my family's life. However, we have grown with our relationship with God, our family, and have been more positive, loving, and excited towards people and about life.

From everything that has happened, I have been learning every day, that these little things that we worry about are nothing. Worrying is one of the things I do a lot. And it is hard to just TRUST IN GOD sometimes. I have probably said this before, but YOU are going to get through it. Whether it is a job application, a family situation, a track meet, to a small little AP Lang test... you will get through it. It is easy to think about what people think about you. It is easy to compare yourself to others. "Did I get a higher SAT score than this person?" or "Did I get a better time in my 100m race than that person?". I do this. I compare myself and think of how I am not smart enough, fast enough, or good enough for others. But, YOU ARE GOOD ENOUGH. Be yourself. I have learned that if people judge you for what college you go to, or what grade you get in one of your classes, 1- they are not worth it, and 2- God is proud of you no matter what. We all have our strengths and weakneessnes!! And whatever it is, God is proud of you being YOU!

Here are the three videos that you should watch!!

1. Zoe did a fishing speech in public speaking and it is amazing! If you need any tips you definitely should ask her:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_0uESaSmBQU

2. This is a video of her walking in her new walker around at the mall. She is so close to walking on her own with no walker!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eL9q5qCeHCE

3. My favorite video of the three is the arm wrestling one. I gave it all I got and Zoe won fair and square. She also gave a bit of sass in the end!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uPzSknQIq4U

Also here are a few pics too!! Ain’t she just beautiful?!
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Hey y’all!! Zoe is done with her 5th surgery and it was a success! Now we are praying for her to heal faster because of this surgery! Thank you for your prayers! God is working miracles❤️ Love you guys!!
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Teresa Cerna-Juezan
19 months ago
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Stay strong Joy Adam and Gabbie just like Zoe is staying strong! Prayers and good thoughts to all of you! Hold on tight and keep those hands together in prayer!

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Joy Owens
12 months ago
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With a grateful heart, we just wanted to thank all of you for the support and continued prayers for our family especially to our daughter Zoe. God bless you all!

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Joy Owens
19 months ago
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Zoe has this severe posterior fossa syndrome and the doctor said it might take a year to get to her full recovery. Her tumor is benign, thank God. Thank you all soooo much for supporting our daughter and to all your prayers. God bless you all!

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Kara Mulqueeney
19 months ago
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Thank you for updating us on her PROGRESS!!! She is amazing as are all of you

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Terry Hull
19 months ago
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I'm so happy to hear of improvements today! We continue our prayers for all of you, especially for Zoe!♡♡♡♡♡

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Lynda Robinson Baker
19 months ago
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So happy to hear this news!!!! Baby steps all the way to recovery :)

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Kathy Swanson-Goetsch
19 months ago
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Please let me know what kind of tumor Zoe had. I've been through surgery for a Meningioma and am still going through treatment. I thought I may be able to offer support

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Rolly Malou Canuto
19 months ago
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We are praying for Zoe and the family. We love you and miss you. Stay strong! Love, the Canuto family ❤️

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Becky Andrus Burgoon
19 months ago
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Gabie, you and Zoe are such a sweet girls! I miss you both dearly!! Everyone is in my thoughts and prayers! ❤❤❤ Love, Mrs Burgoon

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Jorie Jeannides
19 months ago
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Gabbie, my heart goes out to your family! I pray for Zoe and her recovery! She is an amazing girl! Ms. Jeannides

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Koleen Morris
3 months ago
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Thank you for the update! I love hearing about your family and how much Zoe is progressing! You and your family deserve nothing but the best. Liberty is a better place because of the Owens.

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Kaëla Yuen
9 months ago
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I love the video, obviously!!! Zoe is a baller, and I'm so happy to see a basketball in her hands :) . Zoe is really incredible, and I know that she is feeding off of your family's love and support, as you guys fervently seek the Lord throughout this season. Thank you for sharing these updates. We'll be praying for Zoe and your whole family. Looking forward to seeing you on the track!

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Lynda Robinson Baker
11 months ago
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Our love and prayers are always with you and your family. Will be sending extra prayers and love on the 16th.

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Joy Owens
11 months ago
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Thank you all! Thank you Liberty HS staff, families and students!!! We appreciate all of you. God bless!

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Luz Tanjuaquio Santos
11 months ago
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Continuous prayers for your family and most especially to Zoe’s continuing recovery. ❤️

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Lynda Robinson Baker
19 months ago
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I am so sorry Zoe's recovery is taking longer than you were hoping. Keep being strong and positive. Zoe and your family are never far from our thoughts and are always in our prayers and hearts.

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Bang Sibayan-Rivera
19 months ago

God bless u my dear Zoe... Prayer warriors are praying for complete healing... Non stop... Heartstrong mwah

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Koleen Morris
12 months ago

That is amazing! Thank you for staying positive. Her words made my day! Much love to the Owen Family!

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Regan Wong
12 months ago

Zoe! You are amazing and your family is amazing! What a wonderful update!!! You are doing all the work! Keep it up knowing we are all surrounding you with love and support! Wong family

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Kim Purdy Plowman
13 months ago

Love to you all!! Thoughts and prayers are with you always!! xo

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11 months ago
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This donation is in the name of Lourene & Tom Bannister. They are my wife's sister & her husband. Our Christmas present to them is this donation for Zoe. After reading about your family this is what they wanted.

Teresa Cerna-Juezan
19 months ago
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Stay strong Joy Adam and Gabbie just like Zoe is staying strong! Prayers and good thoughts to all of you! Hold on tight and keep those hands together in prayer!

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Joy Owens
12 months ago
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With a grateful heart, we just wanted to thank all of you for the support and continued prayers for our family especially to our daughter Zoe. God bless you all!

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Joy Owens
19 months ago
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Zoe has this severe posterior fossa syndrome and the doctor said it might take a year to get to her full recovery. Her tumor is benign, thank God. Thank you all soooo much for supporting our daughter and to all your prayers. God bless you all!

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Kara Mulqueeney
19 months ago
2
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Thank you for updating us on her PROGRESS!!! She is amazing as are all of you

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Terry Hull
19 months ago
2
2

I'm so happy to hear of improvements today! We continue our prayers for all of you, especially for Zoe!♡♡♡♡♡

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Lynda Robinson Baker
19 months ago
2
2

So happy to hear this news!!!! Baby steps all the way to recovery :)

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Kathy Swanson-Goetsch
19 months ago
2
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Please let me know what kind of tumor Zoe had. I've been through surgery for a Meningioma and am still going through treatment. I thought I may be able to offer support

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Rolly Malou Canuto
19 months ago
2
2

We are praying for Zoe and the family. We love you and miss you. Stay strong! Love, the Canuto family ❤️

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Becky Andrus Burgoon
19 months ago
2
2

Gabie, you and Zoe are such a sweet girls! I miss you both dearly!! Everyone is in my thoughts and prayers! ❤❤❤ Love, Mrs Burgoon

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Jorie Jeannides
19 months ago
2
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Gabbie, my heart goes out to your family! I pray for Zoe and her recovery! She is an amazing girl! Ms. Jeannides

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Koleen Morris
3 months ago
1
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Thank you for the update! I love hearing about your family and how much Zoe is progressing! You and your family deserve nothing but the best. Liberty is a better place because of the Owens.

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Kaëla Yuen
9 months ago
1
1

I love the video, obviously!!! Zoe is a baller, and I'm so happy to see a basketball in her hands :) . Zoe is really incredible, and I know that she is feeding off of your family's love and support, as you guys fervently seek the Lord throughout this season. Thank you for sharing these updates. We'll be praying for Zoe and your whole family. Looking forward to seeing you on the track!

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Lynda Robinson Baker
11 months ago
1
1

Our love and prayers are always with you and your family. Will be sending extra prayers and love on the 16th.

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Joy Owens
11 months ago
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Thank you all! Thank you Liberty HS staff, families and students!!! We appreciate all of you. God bless!

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Luz Tanjuaquio Santos
11 months ago
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Continuous prayers for your family and most especially to Zoe’s continuing recovery. ❤️

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Lynda Robinson Baker
19 months ago
1
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I am so sorry Zoe's recovery is taking longer than you were hoping. Keep being strong and positive. Zoe and your family are never far from our thoughts and are always in our prayers and hearts.

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Bang Sibayan-Rivera
19 months ago

God bless u my dear Zoe... Prayer warriors are praying for complete healing... Non stop... Heartstrong mwah

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Koleen Morris
12 months ago

That is amazing! Thank you for staying positive. Her words made my day! Much love to the Owen Family!

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Regan Wong
12 months ago

Zoe! You are amazing and your family is amazing! What a wonderful update!!! You are doing all the work! Keep it up knowing we are all surrounding you with love and support! Wong family

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Kim Purdy Plowman
13 months ago

Love to you all!! Thoughts and prayers are with you always!! xo

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