Mother commemorates anniversary of her child’s death by helping another person’s child
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Today marks the one-year anniversary of the passing of Julianna JuJu Wooldridge. She was only on this earth for 14 years, but in that short amount of time, she touched the lives of many in South-Central Kentucky while fighting a brave battle with acute myeloid leukemia.
A year later, her mom is making sure Juju’s legacy lives on.
Liz Wooldridge originally planned to stay home on the anniversary of the passing of her daughter but instead, she’s helping make another child’s wish come true.
“God calls us to love people like Jesus and these kids are facing life-threatening illnesses. If the very least we can do is bring a smile to their face or make the time that they have here memorable with their family, then I’m just happy to be a part of that,” said JuJu’s mom Liz Wooldridge.
Wooldridge has been working with Make a Wish for the past three years. Wednesday she helped grant a wish for a 6-year-old boy named KK who was born with a rare disease.
“He was born with mitochondrial disease. It’s called FAOS2. He is one of six in the world and the only ever in the U.S.,” KK’s mom Brittney Lindsey said.
Wooldridge helped surprise the family with a camper so they can travel around the country.
She hopes they can make lasting memories traveling just Wooldridge did with JuJu.
“My daughters and I, Katie and Ju, loved to travel. We tried to go make as many memories as possible and that’s why this wish is especially meaningful to me. My daughter passed away a year ago and our wish trip was the last time that she got to travel. I’m so thankful to have that time with her and those memories with her,” Wooldridge said.
“We have waited for three years and at some points we weren’t even sure that we would make it to get his wish because he has been so sick. We are just really happy. We plan on parking it at the beach for the summer and just putting his feet in the sand and letting him feel the wind and the ocean,” Lindsey said.
Wooldridge says this is something JuJu would have wanted.
“It makes my heart feel really good today. Julianna would have been so thankful, and I know she’s really happy right now,” added Wooldridge.