Marist High School President Br. Hank Hammer, fms, awarded a diploma to the late Emily Beazley. Her parents, Ed and Nadia, accepted it during the opening ceremony of the second annual Emily Beazley's Kures for Kids Fair on Saturday, September 17, held at the school.
The fair was the idea of the late Emily, who bravely fought but succumbed to cancer in May of 2015. Family, friends, and community members started the day with a beautiful ceremony in Marist’s Red & White Stadium. Emily's favorite songs were played, members of the event committee, her parents, and her sister, Olivia, spoke. They remembered Emily's spirit and kindness, and spoke about the need to fund pediatric cancer research. All proceeds from the event fund pediatric cancer treatment trials.
Along with the diploma, Br. Hammer announced that she would receive honorary enrollment in Marist’s class of 2021, making Emily a permanent member of the Marist family. “Marist provides a feeling of home for so many of our students, and we wanted the Beazleys to know Emily has a home here, too,” Br. Hammer explained.
The Beazleys were moved by the gesture. Ed Beazley explained that one of the fears of losing a child is that people will not remember her, but that the diploma and enrollment were signs that Emily would be remembered.
The crowd then launched hundreds of purple and green balloons into the sky as "When You Wish Upon a Star" played. The Beazleys then invited everyone to enjoy the day. There were bounce houses for kids, food and merchandise vendors, games, raffles, and entertainment.
Check out the event photos!