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[p]Liberty Schurer was one of my close friends at DCHS for 3 years. I wish I could thank her just one more time for being in my life and making it better, as no words will ever convey my gratitude to her. I feel so honoured to have known Libs, and I saw first hand her bravery and strength and its taught me that how any physical pain I experience it will never be anything compared to her's.[/p][p]Liberty was diagnosed with Ewing Sarcoma back in 2016, on the 26th September, her 13th birthday. I remember the first time I saw Libs after her diagnosis, she had texted me and told me what was going on so I was well aware of her situation and I really thought out of anyone she would be the one who would beat this. The first time she came into school after the biopsy results had come back positive and it had been confirmed as Ewings, myself and some of Liberty's other friends waited for her at the beginning of the day, after getting off the school bus. I remember her hopping out of the car with her crutches, trying to put on a smile. She asked one us to help with her bag and just got on with it. I knew she was scared but she was trying to make it easier for everyone else in typical Libs fashion. It summed her up really.[/p][p]Throughout her brave battle she faced chemotherapy, radiotherapy and an unsuccesful 9 hour limb salvage surgery. In August 2017, just 1 day before finishing her treatment, Libs discovered a new lump in her thigh. Her cancer had spread aggressively to her lymph glands, liver and lungs, and she was told there was nothing else that could be done. Still Libs persevered on requesting more treatment as she so desperately wanted to experience her birthday and Christmas, just once more. Unfortunately she was just too frail. This was a battle that even Liberty couldn't win, so she gained her angel wings 2 weeks after her birthday, on the 11th October 2017 at 1.59am. [/p][p]The last time I ever saw Libs was at her 14th Birthday party on the 9th September 2017. It's now been over 2 years since that night and I still think of it everyday. I knew then she was on a countdown, I knew she was seriously ill, but I never thought we would lose her. She was in so much pain but she didn't let that get in the way of her having fun and making it a night to remember for her friends. She knew so well that it would be the last time she would see so many of us. We all sang our hearts out to now Libs' anthem "She's so lovely" and her smile was unforgettable. At the end of the party, we were all in pieces and Libs collapsed, she was blue lighted to hospital that evening, the last I ever saw of Liberty was her crying and being carried out in her dad's arms. It broke me how unfair her life had become, that was the first (and last) time throughout Libs' cancer journey I had seen her cry. The final conversation I had with her, she wiped my tears away and told me "I love you, and I'm not going anywhere" I like to think that's true, and she's watching over myself and everyone else who loves her dearly. [/p][p]The afternoon I found out Libs had gone I was at school with my friends. It was all over social media, I remember being completely frozen and numb. I was so shocked. I knew what was coming but I never prepared myself. Minutes after, all of Libs' friends were gathered at the bus stop in floods and floods of tears; we were all utterly broken. It made me realise how lucky Liberty was to have so many people love and care about her so deeply. We knew then that school life would never be the same.[/p][p]Liberty continues to inspire me each day that passes, I can imagine Libs having a good giggle up there knowing she's convinced me to take part! Whenever I think about my memories with Libs, I can so clearly hear our laughter, (usually over some inappropriate story!), ringing in my ears, because that was just Libs all over. Always making everyone else's day's better, even when she was having a much worse one, one none of us will ever be able to imagine. Liberty would always care about everyone else before herself, it just proves how incredibly selfless she was and how precious her soul was also. Liberty was an amazing, beautiful, loyal, hilarious and kind young girl. There is genuinely not a bad word anyone could ever say about her. She had the ability to brighten up a room with just her presence. She faced everything that came at her head-on, she did it with positivity and rarely dropping her gorgeous and unforgettable smile![/p][p]The morning Libs passed, the world lost a hero, but heaven gained a compassionate, loving and incredible angel. She was taken from this earth far too soon, and it will forever be a dimmer world without her.[/p][p]She truly was one in a million. [/p][p]So therefore I am taking part in the London Vitality 10k on the 25th May 2020, along with the rest of #TEAMLIBS, in memory of Liberty Grace and her battle with Ewing Sarcoma. I participated in this event last year and it is one of my favorite memories and i am so excited to do it again![/p][p][br][/p][p]By participating in events for Liberty's Legacy I feel as if it's a way to carry Libs with me into my future. In the past year there have been many fundraisers to help fulfil Liberty's last wish, to find a cure. I hope that with my participation, I can help the Schurer Family get closer to completing Liberty's selfless request. [/p][p]I hope I will be doing Libs proud by doing this. I miss her so much and not a day goes by where she isn't on my mind and our memories of smiling and laughing are forever burned into my memory. Fly high angel, sending all my love up to you Liberty Grace, now and always xxx[/p][p][br][/p][p]Thank you so much for reading my story and donating, every donation helps children, just like Liberty. Every penny gets us closer to finding a cure.[/p][p]I will never forget you, I will never forget the face of disgust you would pull when drinking those disgusting smoothies and then you trying to force me to take a sip. I will never forget your cheeky smirk when people would stare when you whipped off your wig in pride. I will never forget you telling me about all the horror films you begged me to watch. I will never forget your battle and your attitude. I miss seeing you around school and you giving me a cheeky smile and wave. I miss you and I always will.[/p][p]This one's for you angel....[/p]