"Think of your child, then, not as dead, but as living; not as a flower that has withered, but as one that is transplanted, and touched by a Divine hand, is blooming in richer colors and sweeter shades than those of earth." - Richard Hooker, British theologian
Adrianna passed away on Saturday, July 19, 2014 at the age of 15.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend the funeral services at E.J. Fielding Funeral Home, 2260 W. 21st Avenue, Covington, LA 70433 on Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at 3:00 PM with visitation on Tuesday beginning at 1:00 PM. Interment will follow in Pinecrest Memorial Gardens.
Adrianna "Tootie" Ponce is almost like your everyday typical teenage girl from Mandeville, Louisiana. She loves "Twilight" and Maroon 5. She giggles about boys while shoe shopping with her sisters. Until recently, her biggest worry was who likes who in the 7th grade. All that changed on August 5, 2012, when she was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma (also called osteogenic sarcoma).
Adrianna, better known as Tootie, was literally running around at a birthday party less than two months ago. Today she has to be carried from room to room because she can no longer walk on her own. Her family watches helplessly as she wrenches in pain from an unforgiving disease that has gone from her thigh, to her pelvis, and now, into one of her lungs.
We are a group of family and friends witnessing the devastating emotional and financial toll on this family. Tootie's mother, Donna, was forced to stop working as a housekeeper to care for her daughter full-time. Her step-father Olvin struggles daily to provide for his 6-member family as their savings are depleted by the unrelenting expenses. The 45-mile daily commute to Children's Hospital in New Orleans is just one example of an expense this family faces while seeing their income cut in half.
We are hoping that through Fight for Tootie, our community will band together to show this family they are not alone in Tootie's battle with Osteosarcoma.
The initial outpouring of support has been amazing. Within a few days this website was donated and constructed, people have offered to help coordinate fund raising events and local businesses have offered discounts and promotions to benefit Tootie. With the help of Whitney Bank we have established the Adrianna Ponce Medical Fund to accept donations on Tootie's behalf.
To show Tootie she is not alone in this struggle, people from throughout the country have been sending pictures of support. It has been suggested that instead of "Tebowing", they are now "TooTing". Please take a minute and TooT for Tootie.