Mercede Joy was a vibrant, loud, beautiful little girl who loved animals, especially horses, dogs, and guinea pigs. She loved to paint and create art and make a mess in the process. She loved to run and play outside with her friends and her brother and sisters. She made everyday a celebration, always finding a reason to have cake and give presents.
Just a month and a half after her ninth birthday, Mercede was diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia. Her diagnosis required that she be hospitalized for her chemo treatments which meant that she spent months at a time in the hospital with just a week or two in-between when she could go home. During her first round of chemo, friends and family started asking what Mercede needed while in the hospital. Her reply was, “I would like gifts to give to the other children here.”
So people sent gifts and Mercede gave them away, going door to door to pass them out to children who were hospitalized, too. This continued for almost nine months. While Mercede fought with everything she had in her, she looked for ways to give, to put smiles on the faces of the children around her.
Her fight ended on February 13, 2012, when she went to heaven, leaving her family broken hearted but determined to keep her giving heart and loving spirit alive in their hearts. She will never be forgotten.
“But these three remain, faith, hope, and love, but the greatest of these is love.”
1 Corinthians 13:13