Thursday, October 30, 2014

A Dainty Warrior Celebration

She has waited patiently for her day to celebrate cancer freedom! 

The day is HERE!! 

Our dear Dainty Warrior,  Ania Elaine had her MRI come back CLEAR! Thank the Lord!!! This journey is ending and we are ready to close the chapter on this warrior's cancer saga.  We have had many followers and many of you have lifted her (and our family) up in good thoughts and prayer. We will never be able to say thank you enough.  Writing and sharing about Ania has been such a therapy for me personally and someday I am happy to know Ania will be able to read the "Dainty Warrior Story" and I hope it brings her strength and confidence that she might not have known otherwise. At the age of 4, she has impacted so many people.  Her joy, bravery, creativity and spirit has been so evident throughout her journey.  Mike and I are incredibly proud to be her parents - she has taught us what real strength looks like.  We are better people because of this experience as I think it forced us to take a step back and realize how quickly life as we knew it could change. We are all handed trials in our lifetimes - however, the way in which you learn, move along and move past those trials is what life is really about.  Will you be stuck in darkness or will you keep making your way in the midst of fear of the unknown? Now that this chapter is ending for us, what will we do to keep this momentum of growth and perspective? Well, for starters, our children will not stop growing. That right there reminds us constantly that time is moving fast so we will really savor each day and each birthday because you will never know how many there will be.  We will continue to give back and do our part raising awareness for childhood cancer.  We are one of the lucky ones - our child is a survivor.  Many children do not survive and there is much work to be done to have more outcomes to childhood cancer end like ours.

Ania is one of MANY Dainty Warriors out there. Our hope is that her story sparked an awareness in YOU about childhood cancer. May that spark stay lit up for all the warriors to follow in Ania's shoes.... or wings! 

   Now, It's Time to Celebrate!

A few weeks ago, my dear cousin Ashley Hayhurst took pictures of Ania that were inspired by one of Ania's most recent paintings titled "Up She Goes". The idea was to take Ania out in her element - NATURE...with a rainbow of balloons! 


After the balloon shots, of course we had to let her run around the woods in her WINGS!


And after the butterfly's flight, she headed deeper into the woods for a tea party with her little brother and special lovey friends, Rosie, Riley, Ellie & Miss Olga!



I Rose
I rose, I rose,
From the trampled soil
I rose, I rose
To become the cynosure of your eye
Alike me, many more shall
rise and thrive
If given a small chance to
dream and aspire.
Now friends, you might be
just wondering
As to who I am
So let me to life's
opportunities raise a toast
And tell you,
I am a rose,
the flower rose.
--Rajesh Thankappan

Blessings to All, 

The Moriarty Family


  1. Congratulations! Truly a time to rejoice!

  2. Congratulations! So happy to hear this!

  3. omg... i have tears of joy for you and your family! This is the best news! Congrats Ania for keeping strong through a hard year. You have shown us all what grace is :)

  4. Thank God...Such wonderful news. Ania has been an inspiration to soo many children and adults. God Bless the whole Family. Xoxoxo.