Julia Stone began her fifth trip around the sun on Saturday cancer free. Diagnosed last summer with only a 20-percent chance of survival from stage 4 Ewing Sarcoma, Julia’s recent cancer-free diagnosis was celebrated Friday with a praise service of song and testimonials at First Baptist Church.
Her mother, Rachel, and father, Richard spoke at the event. Julia pulled a stocking cap over her face during the program which included music by choir members Duane Berry, Rachel Rogers, Terry Kline and Diane Stammers. Pam Williams was on keyboard with Amanda Limberg on bass and Derrick Tyree on percussion. The celebration also include an anointing with oil and the laying on of hands for Lloyd “Rip” Crum who was recently diagnosed with cancer. Julia enjoyed balloons given to her by her parents at the end of the 90-minute service as well as a birthday cake in honor of her fourth birthday. The Stone family credits their Christian faith for helping them and their daughter through her ordeal along with God’s healing powers. She will continue chemotherapy treatments for several months. Recent tests revealed all the cancer was gone.