Tonight, we have devastating news about a little girl, Anabel Esquivel, who had a lot of courage. She was the sixth grader from Odessa, who was airlifted to Lubbock after doctors in Odessa found a tumor in her lungs.
It turned out to be 8 tumors on the lung, and it started as a rare cancer in the liver. In fact, Anabel was the first child in the country to develop bile duct cancer, which typically appears among the elderly.
Even so, she was always smiling, and entertained the nurses and doctors at UMC with her colorful wigs.
You may remember when Coach Kristi Curry and the Lady Raiders surprised her with some Tech cheer in the playroom.
Anabel put up a good fight, but died Thursday at UMC. In her honor, I want to replay something her mother, Nancy, told me when Anabel was undergoing treatment. "She was telling me, ‘Mom, you know why I was put here? Why I have this type of cancer? Because I'm teaching the doctor what to do for other kids.'"
Just before she died, she made her dad promise to put purple lights on the Christmas tree; her favorite color. Most who attended the service for her this weekend wore purple.
Anabel Esquivel was 12 years old.
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