After beating cancer, seeing the world from a whole new perspective
October 13, 2018 09:02 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The UNM Children’s Hospital and RE/MAX teamed up this year to offer a once in a lifetime opportunity for 9-year-old Olivia Carter.
On Saturday morning, Olivia and her mother, Hannah, prepared for their first hot air balloon ride at Balloon Fiesta Park.
It was a day to celebrate Olivia’s life—one that’s now cancer free. She was diagnosed with Leukemia when she was 4 years old, but she doesn’t remember those years.
However, her mom does.
“You were allowed to be with other children, but we had to make sure that your friends that came over didn’t have any colds," she told Olivia. "A lot of times, we couldn’t even have friends come over. It would just have to be you and me."
As Olivia and Hannah boarded the gondola of the RE/MAX hot air balloon, Olivia was most excited for one thing.
“Probably the balloons. You can’t get a better view of them, really, from the ground,” she said.
It was an enchanting view Olivia knew her mom would want to capture.
She still goes for checkups at the hospital every three months, but that’s nothing compared to what she used to do. Now, Hannah said they feel like a hot air balloon.
“It’s the symbolism to me," Hannah said, "of being free and not having the chains of being in the hospital all the time and going for chemo and taking the pills and worrying all the time."
Updated: October 13, 2018 09:02 PM
Created: October 13, 2018 08:47 PM
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