Athena Orchard comes from Leicester, England. She is a cheerful, pretty girl. Doing sports is one of her favorite hobbies, especially boxing. She watches over her 6 sisters and 3 brothers with utmost devotion. Just before Christmas, the 12-year-old discovers a bump on her head. She doesn’t think anything of it - until she collapses in the kitchen. The doctors give her the devastating diagnosis: bone cancer.
A shock for the 12-year-old and her family. During a 7-hour-long operation, doctors remove a tumor from her spinal column. Afterwards she undergoes a grueling regiment of chemo therapy. She loses her hair. Athena, who is normally overflowing with energy, is too weak to leave her bed.
“She always remained optimistic and told me not to cry,” tells her mother Caroline. “We knew that the cancer was very aggressive … She fought for as long as she could.” But, shortly after her 13th birthday, she died surrounded by her family.
“Happiness depends upon ourselves. Maybe it’s not about the happy ending, maybe it’s about the story.