Group formed to show support for Opp teen

Published 12:00 am Saturday, August 23, 2014

An Opp teen is in intensive care and fighting for her life, while a local group formed in her support is working to let the family know they are here for them.

Breonia Nicole Parks, 16, and Opp High School students and member of the Marching Black and Gold was diagnosed with stage 4 rhabdomyosarcoma in February 2013.

Rhabdomyosarcoma is a cancerous tumor of the muscles that are attached to the bones.

“Two months ago, she was told by doctors that her cancer may not be curable because it had become so aggressive,” said Sandy Liles of the group Blessing for Breonia. “With everything that she’s been through and is continuing to go through, she has never lost her faith in God. She has really been a fighter.”

Liles said last Thursday, Parks became so sick she had to be airlifted to Children’s Hospital in Birmingham where she is currently still in ICU.

“Her blood pressure was down so long that it in turn has affected her heart function some,” she said. “She is now on a breathing machine and being kept slightly sedated to help stabilize her blood pressure.”

Liles said the group was formed to let Parks and her family know that they are not alone that the people of the surrounding areas are here to help through prayers, get well wishes and monetary donations.

“If you would like to let the Parks family know that you are thinking of them and have them in your thoughts and prayers, you can send cards and/or donations to (them).”

Those interested in doing so may send it to:

Liz Parks, PO Box 1022, Opp, AL 36467.

Additionally, there has been an account set up for Parks in care of Liz Parks at Wells Fargo Bank.