Elizabeth "Lizzy" Joy Wampler, 10, bravely and courageously ran and finished her race here on earth on Thursday, March 15, 2018, after a long battle with cancer. Lizzy was born on May 8th, 2007 in Springfield, Missouri, welcomed by her older brother and sister, Daniel and Hannah, and her parents John and Jennifer Wampler. She was a loving, joy-filled child, and was naturally considerate of other people from an early age.
Lizzy was a loving and affectionate daughter, granddaughter, niece and cousin. She was also known as a faithful friend who adored school and had a passion for science. Lizzy was in ballet for a few years and truly wanted dance to be in her future. During her treatment while at St. Jude, Lizzy was introduced to the ukulele and found playing a comforting distraction while spending hours on end in the hospital. With the help of her child life specialist, she discovered her voice to sing, often singing along with Kari Jobe, one of her favorite worship singers. As a devout Christian, Lizzy had a child-like faith in God that inspired us all.
Perhaps Lizzy’s greatest accomplishment was positively impacting and touching lives everywhere she went. Her impact is reflected in messages from those who met her:
“She brought me out of a really dark place. I could only get out of bed and live another day because of Lizzy’s smile, courage and faith.”
“If Lizzy could be brave, then I knew I could too.”
“Lizzy’s life and story being told opened my family who were closed off to the gospel for years into asking questions about Heaven and Jesus. She is encouraging my nephew who has Osteosarcoma and is facing his battle right now.”
Joy was Lizzy's middle name as well as her legacy to all of us. Her last contribution was her desire to donate parts of her body to St. Jude for further research and help in finding a cure for Osteosarcoma. Lizzy will live on in our hearts and inspire us to do all we can to help cure all forms of cancer.