August 7, 2003 by

Killian Owen

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Categories: Extraordinary People

kowen.jpgAlthough he was only a child, Killian Owen helped raise thousands of dollars for leukemia research.
When he was five years old, Owen was diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia. To fight the disease, he endured years of chemotherapy, which caused fevers, nausea and made his hair fall out.
Still Owen maintained his sense of humor and purpose. He became a “hero” for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training, and inspired hundreds of people to run in a marathon and raise money for leukemia research. Two years ago, he and his three brothers designed Christmas cards to benefit the cancer center at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.
NASCAR driver Robby Gordon visited Owen at home and in the hospital. Earlier this month, Owen met his favorite baseball player, Sammy Sosa. During a Cubs-Braves game, Sosa gave him an autographed bat.
Owen died on July 27 of complications from leukemia. He was 9, and he wanted to be an ice hockey player when he grew up.

5 Responses to Killian Owen

  1. Debbie

    Hi,
    This is Debbie Feldman and Rebecca, and we just wanted to wish the Owen family the best of luck and that we were going to do something extra special in honor of Killian.

  2. The Williams Family

    I can’t tell you how many times we think of Killian. His strengh and courage was an inspiration to us all. Kelly slips on that orange Killian T-Shirt and wears it often and proudly. We just want to say that Killian, we will never forget you. To the Owen family your strengh and faith has also been an inspiration to your friends and community. You make such a difference in the world with Coaching for a Cure and all that you do. You will All, always be in our Prayers.

  3. Anthony Fierro

    My son Jacob passed away from T-ALL 16 days ago. I am sorry that you folks had to go through this too. I miss my son, as I am sure you miss your little man. Love, hugs, and tears to you guys!

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