Abby Cummings' Spirit Lives On

An 11 month battle with cancer came to an end the morning of Nov. 14, 2006, for a young Warren County girl. Composed, determined and secure in her faith are just some of the words used to describe Abby Cummings..

“There are so many people doing fundraisers for me that I want to do fundraisers for them when I get a chance,” Abby said not too long back.

Sadly, 11-year-old Abby won’t get a chance to hold any fundraisers, but the impact her life had on those around her is priceless.

“Anyone who’s been near her has been amazed that she’s so positive, hopeful and full of love,” said Tim Harris, Woodburn Baptist Church pastor.

Abby’s fighting spirit was evident to the end. Her pastor said she attended church Sunday night, determined to hear missionaries from Honduras speak.

“Abby was always a full participant in anything that was going on and if it was happening she knew she had her place and belonged here, she sat in the pew right there,” Harris said as he points.

Just before Christmas last year Abby was diagnosed with a rare bone cancer call Ewing Sarcoma only to find out three months later that she was misdiagnosed and actually had Neuroblastoma.

For five months she sought treatment at Sloan Kettering Hospital in New York City, one of the leading centers in treating that form of cancer.

Pastor Harris said Abby had some amazing adventures in New York including an appearance in Ally Lohan’s new Christmas video and a Today Show segment featuring a Ronald McDonald House volunteer.

“I would say folks with a camera couldn’t pass up her smile, she had a mile wide smile,” Harris said smiling.

Pastor Harris also said that smile was on Abby’s face when she passed away with her family by her side and even though she’s gone, the impact of her loving heart will be felt forever.

“She’s not just a little girl lost to cancer, she’s a remarkable little girl whose story of faith, love and courage should be told for a long time, she’s a remarkable little girl,” Harris explained.

Visitation for Abby Cummings will be held Nov. 15, 2006, from noon until 9 p.m. at Crafton Funeral Home in Franklin, Ky. Visitation will resume the next morning at 9 a.m. at Woodburn Baptist Church.

Funeral services will be held Nov. 16, 2006 at 1 p.m. at Woodburn Baptist. The church has also established an Abby Cummings Memorial Fund.