Lula Beth Bowden is only four years old, but she’s already experienced what it feels like to fight for her life.

The little girl was diagnosed with pediatric cancer in March, and the tumor soon wreaked havoc on her tiny body. The mass on her kidney grew to the size of a football, and when the time came to remove it, the doctors had to take out not only the tumor itself, but also the kidney it was growing on.

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We’ve had a lot of people already reaching out and sending their love and concerns, so we thought we could update everyone and mainly ask for all the prayers we can get. Our world has been rocked upside down. My perfect Lula Beth is currently being seen at Primary Children’s. She has been so sick, up and down since the beginning of March. We went to multiple doctors and just weren’t satisfied with the diagnosis’ and answers/medicine we were getting that seemed to not be solving anything. We knew it was something more. We ended up taking her to the ER, where they did multiple tests. They were able to find a huge tumor growing on her kidney. They immediately sent us out to Primaries. We are still in the dark on exactly what it is, but have a few different ideas of what type of tumor/cancer we are dealing with. She will be having surgery on Thursday for the removal of the tumor and from there they will decide treatment and how/when to start chemo. I can’t even bring myself to say the word, but my baby girl is battling cancer. Please, please send us all of the prayers that Thursday will go smoothly. We know prayers work and miracles happen. We know it is in God’s hands, but man this is hard. So please just say a prayer for us. #lulabethstrong #wilmstumor #cancersucks #pediactriccancer #cancerawareness

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This was only the beginning of her battle, though. Lula Beth then had to undergo over a dozen sessions of chemotherapy over the course of 22 weeks. During the entire process, COVID-19 made an already unthinkable experience even harder.

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Chemo day. Round 2! ⁣ ⁣ My Mama heart broke while they were accessing her port. She screamed and cried like I have never heard before. They pull labs each time before, and hers came back as good as they can be! Which is such a blessing. Pray for my fighter, that she will tolerate this round as well as she did the first. She is so brave and I’m lucky to call her mine. ⁣ ⁣ Covid-19 is making this experience extra hard. Dad and Kohen had to wait in the truck while we went in by ourselves. It would be so nice to have Dakota in there with us to lean on and help us through. Lula Beth is very leery each time the door opens. I’m so sad that she has to go through this, but I know it will get easier each time! And everyone at Primary’s is seriously amazing. We are in good hands and I am very thankful. ⁣ ⁣ Happy Friday, friends!⁣ ⁣ #lulabethstrong #fearlessfighter #wilmstumor #cancersucks #pediactriccancer #cancersawareness #wilmstumorwarrior

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After some time, she started losing her hair. But she and her family never lost hope.

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This is cancer. Once I could get my thoughts together after hearing her diagnosis one of my first realizations was, “chemo will take her hair..” It gave me such a pit in my stomach. And yet, in the big scheme of things it seems so little and silly, but it still remains such a hard thing to grasp. I’ve been preparing myself for this moment for 10 weeks now. I knew it was coming. About a month ago when we were buzzing brothers hair for his quarantine cut, I mentioned to Lula to start preparing her, “This may be what we have to do to your hair at some point.” And to my surprise her reply was, “Let’s do it right now!” That’s my girl! 3 years old, not afraid of anything and ready to tackle on any task and with such grace. She teaches me so much daily. What matters, what does not. She is so strong and through this trial has been the light to our whole family. I strive to be more like her every single day. She is so brave. She is so strong. She isn’t letting anything get her down. We are continually thanking God for all of these blessings and answers to our prayers. My beautiful, brave baby girl. I love you so much. . . #lulabethstrong #fearlessfighter #wilmstumor #cancersucks #pediactriccancer #cancersawareness #wilmstumorwarrior #pediactriccancerawareness #morethan4 #childhoodcancerawareness #childhoodcancer #fcancer #wearesurvivors

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In fact, her dad and brother even had her cut their own hair in solidarity!

Thankfully, though, after months of treatment, her condition improved, and she had her last round of chemotherapy in August.

Then came the day she and her family had been waiting for since their living nightmare began: On August 28, little Lula was declared cancer-free by her doctors.

To celebrate, Lula’s mom Kristen (who is a photographer) took a stunning photo of her brave daughter holding up a sign sharing the good news.

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She did it!!! CANCER FREE 😭🧡😍

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Lula will once again be able to live life cancer-free, and now that her port has been removed, her major trips to the hospital are all finished!

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HER PORT IS OUT! She is D O N E!

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This little girls is one tough cookie!

You can donate to organizations like St. Jude’s to help other children living with pediatric cancer.

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