Victoria Enmon dies from Leukemia
Victoria Enmon was the little middle school cheerleader who had people across the world cheering for her. But early Monday morning, she died of the leukemia which she had fought for four years.
The 15-year-old Little Cypress-Mauriceville High School sophomore was at Texas Children’s Hospital when she died. She had undergone a bone marrow transplant in 2006, but learned in the summer of 2007 that the acute lymphocytic leukemia had returned.
She was the daughter of Victor and Jo Ellen Enmon and was only 11 when she learned she had the disease. Her smile, personality and determination to fight won her friends around the world and she became one the American Cancer Society’s “Heroes of Hope” with a feature in the “Profiles of Courage” website from the Texas Chapter.
Victoria told people she wanted to become a nurse working with children with cancer so she could tell them she knew what they were going through.
She worked with the American Cancer Society and the annual Relay for Life fundraiser. Also, she went to Austin as a legislative ambassador for the Cancer Society and met with members of the Texas Legislature. Speaker of the House Tom Craddick read a House resolution in her honor and presented her with his gavel as she received a standing ovation. She later met with Gov. Rick Perry.
Her spirit and smile attracted attention from all over the world as she tried to live the life of a normal adolescent.
But her biggest supporters were her classmates, church mates, teachers, friends and neighbors. Throughout Orange County people donated time and money for Victoria’s fight against the disease. And they devoted their prayers. Hundreds of “Pray for Victoria Enmon” signs appeared in residential yards and at businesses throughout the county.
People sold barbecue plates and hot links as part of various fundraisers to help the Enmon family. Youngsters even sold lemonade along the road to raise money for her medical expenses. As many prayer vigils and services were held as fundraisers.
Through the years, Victoria underwent surgery and chemotherapy, losing her hair. After the bone marrow operation in 2006, she went into remission. The signs around town eventually were taken and put into storage.
This past summer, people went to their garages, closets and storerooms to bring the signs back outside. Victoria’s leukemia had returned and more prayers were needed.
Victoria’s teacher sent out requests for cards to cheer her. The plans were to get at least one card from each of the 50 states. Cards came from all over the world.
Monday morning, Mrs. Enmon sent out an e-mail to local friends, family members and friends they had never met in person. She informed them that Victoria had earned her angel wings at 2:15 a.m.
“Victoria is cheering in Heaven!” the message read. “She is free of pain and discomfort. We could not have made this journey without the support of so many along the way.”
The Enmon family will have a visitation from 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23, at North Orange Baptist Church. The funeral will be held at the church at 4 p.m. Thursday. Another visitation will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at Watson and Sons Funeral Home on Hwy. 7 in Center, Texas. Graveside services will be at 3 p.m. Friday at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Center.