Savannah Lewis, 16, of Copperas Cove has been battling cancer for a little over a year.
She was diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer that occurs in and around the bones. Lewis loves Christmastime, and her one big wish for Christmas was to see her home decorated for the holidays.
Julie Moser, co-founder of the nonprofit Pink Warrior Angels, and April Miller, Central Texas volunteer coordinator, began the planning for event.
Moser, the main coordinator of the event, said she got in touch with the House Creek Community, and things “spiraled from there.”
Though the official decorating event wasn’t scheduled to begin until 4 p.m. Wednesday, volunteers were at the Lewis home early in the morning.
Lowe’s sent a crew to do backyard and fence maintenance, and the Disabled American Veterans group was there to paint interior areas of the house in preparation for the interior holiday decorating later in the day.
Throughout the morning, a steady stream of neighbors and friends checked in to see what was needed and could be done.
Miller said, “Savannah is a funny, funny girl, who is quick on her toes. … She deserves this.”
Holiday Expressions of Lampasas donated decorations for the exterior of the home. Others donated time, decor and money to the family, including the Children’s Miracle Network and Copperas Cove’s Star Group-Veterans Helping Veterans.
A themed Christmas tree was made and donated just for Lewis. Local businesses even changed their billboards for the day to read, “Savannah Strong.”
Copperas Cove Five Hills royalty was on hand in the afternoon. Ambassador Trisha Stutz, Junior Ambassador Kaydence Weary, and other royalty presented Lewis with a tiara and banner, then crowned her an honorary Five Hills Princess.
“We hope this crown will bring Savannah a few moments of happiness and we will continue to pray for her and her family,” Stutz said.
To round out the evening, a Christmas-bedecked horse and carriage took the newly-crowned princess on a holiday carriage ride.
“She’s changed me," Miller said. “She’s touched my heart.”