RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — This week’s Athlete of the Week award goes to the strength of 8-year-old Abby Johnson and how the Washington Redskins, as well as the birth of a nonprofit organization, helped in her battle with cancer.
For one young girl down in Raleigh, N.C., her battle with brain cancer has inspired a new organization in ‘Abby’s Army,’ a group that has joined in her fight against brain cancer.
“When you go through it you can feel alone,” Abby’s mom, Lisa Toplosky, said. “It’s scary, you can’t get through one day to the next and you have a whole family to take care of, and when you get this support and strangers who don’t know you they come in willing to help, that is Abby’s Army.”
Each week 8News will recognize one local athlete from across Central Virginia as our ‘Athlete of the Week.’