Le Bonheur miracle cancer patient named Tenn. champion

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Lucy, 8, may be one of the only people to describe a hospital as “fun.”

“The hospital is a place to get better and it’s really fun,” she said, “Nurses and doctors were my friends. She (Nurse Brandy) used to bring me arts and crafts to work on.”

Two years ago the Krulls began planning then six-year-old Lucy’s funeral after numerous fights in her battle with brain cancer.

This year, they are planning a cross-country trip with her daughter who is the 2014 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals’ Champion for Tennessee.

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“It wasn’t guaranteed we’d even have the opportunity to be celebrating such a miracle. We’re blessed beyond measure,” said Lucy’s father Erik Krull.

Doctors gave Lucy and the devastating diagnosis when they found five brain tumors; she was four-years-old. Throughout her battle she suffered two instances of blindness, two bouts of meningitis, a relapse scare and had to learn to walk again. In 2012 she went into a coma for ten days; her parents were told to start planning her funeral when she miraculously awoke.

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“Even on the days where I want to scream and be your typical mom and ‘Don’t call me mom again,’ I just remember how blessed we are to have three in the house yelling ‘mom’ instead of just two,” said Lucy’s mother Kate Krull.

As ambassadors for Le Bonheur and CMNH, Lucy and her family will tour Washington, D.C. and Orlando, Florida, in November to share their story and advocate the importance of donating to children’s hospitals nationwide.

“It’s really humbling to think about how many sick children there are through the world, the country, the state of Tennessee, for people to recognize what a miracle story Lucy’s is, is humbling,” said Kate.

Erik said, “We’re thankful for this opportunity. It’s a story worth hearing because it’s a real modern day miracle.”

A kickoff event for Lucy and her family was held Tuesday featuring many guests including Miss Memphis Christine Williamson and Miss Tipton County Lauren Smethwick.

Erik shared with attendees that Lucy was one of the first to use state-of-the-art equipment at Le Bonheur. He said this along with services like Child Life and the staff that delivers medical treatments who end up becoming like family are just a few reasons people should continue donating to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals to help local children’s hospitals like Le Bonheur.

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