In early 2004, I met a wonderful little girl named Eden Worth. She was funny and kind and loved clay! Eden was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 5, and we quickly became fast friends. In 2013, Eden sadly passed away from cancer. We wanted to do something special for her, something that would keep her memory alive...so we attempted to break a Guinness World Record. On July 5th, on Centre Island in Toronto, Ontario, almost 1000 people gathered to break The World's Largest Clay Lesson, and we did, raising $30,000 for SickKids Hospital....all for our Eden, our daughter, sister, niece, grand-daughter, cousin and friend...Eden!
Eden, a vivacious, loving, giving, caring, beautiful young girl was diagnosed with a brain tumour at the age of 5, a few weeks after beginning a new school year in senior kindergarten. 8 hours of surgery, 3 weeks of recovery in the hospital, loss of voice for 4 months, 30 days of radiation, (instant hair loss), 16 months of chemotherapy, months of physiotherapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy, gave us back our little girl, changed, yes, but our little girl nonetheless.
Years of follow-up, many hospital visits, more Xrays, MRIs, CAT scans, pokes and a slew of doctors and we are constistantly given the same wonderful news – Eden is fine, nothing to worry about, with a few adjustments, she will live a happy and healthy long life. She adjusts at school, hobbies and other interests like other young girls. But, fast forward 7 years and Eden starts to show similar signs of the symptoms. Doctors say it’s food related, school related, this and that and finally a MRI is scheduled to confirm my thoughts. That one in a million chance, what everyone said could never happen again, is back. This time it has progressed and spread. Sadly, not a year since her re-diagnosis, Eden passed peacefully at home just prior to her 13th birthday.
From a very early age, Eden loved her arts and crafts, especially her FIMO classes at the local community centre. There she met Wanda and a very special friendship developed. After the chemo and radiation, FIMO gave her the ability to practice her fine motor skills. When Eden had the energy, she continued attending her classes, when times weren’t so good, Wanda came to spend private time with Eden at home or the hospital. A special bond developed like no other, a true friendship.
When Wanda came to me with the idea of breaking the world record in FIMO modeling in Eden’s honour, I was touched beyond words. There could be no better way to remember my precious daughter. Enjoy the day, make memories, and as Eden would say, take each moment one “atta” time.