GRANITE FALLS, NC (WBTV) - It’s the good, the bad and the always real with #MollysKids. We know that. We also realize there’s no easy way to say this about Allison Hodge, so best to just say it: The 15-year-old died the day after Christmas.
“My big bright blue-eyed princess went to Heaven,” her mom, Jennifer Bowman said. “I miss her so much. This is hard. This is so damn hard.”
Allison became one of our #MollysKids in 2015. We first featured her when there was controversy about whether she was allowed to be a cheerleader for her Granite Falls middle school. She was a 12-year-old at the time, fighting ALL (Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia). She’d had dozens of chemos and inspired everyone around her. Three years later, she still impressed her mother every single day.
“If more people could be like her at 15 years old, the world would be so much better,” Jennifer said. “I taught her how to be strong, and how no matter what the world handed you, we had to be good and kind and positive. I taught her the values – but she did the rest. Everyone loved Allie. She’d be honest, call you out if needed, had an amazing smile and wore that smile even on her last day.”
This is a picture of Allie with her mom.
“I am so proud of her,” Jennifer said. “She fought to the very last minute. There’s no candy-coating in this world. That girl was my heart. Allie was wise and mature... I’m trying to figure this out but it’s still not making sense.”
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“Can you please thank everyone who was good to my daughter?” Jennifer asked. “She loved so many and will always be my bright shining light. She left an amazing legacy – take what you can from it. I am trying very hard here. I just don’t know exactly what to say to anyone.”
There is no right thing to say, Jennifer. We get that. You -- and Allie -- are loved.
**Editor’s note: This is about one of #MollysKids, children WBTV Anchor Molly Grantham follows closely on her Facebook page. It was first published there, which is why it’s written in a personal way. For years Molly has followed hundreds of kids with uphill medical battles. Find this story and updates on all #MollysKids here.