Couple honors daughter by helping Rady Children’s families

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — In honor of their daughter, Rachel and Andre founded the Olivia Hudson Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to helping families battling childhood cancer at Rady Children’s Hospital.

“We really just wanted to raise awareness and help families going through a similar struggle,” said Rachel Hudson.

Olivia was diagnosed with brain cancer at the age of two and lost her battle just before her 4th birthday.

A few months later, in 2013, the foundation started and since then it has been going well raising money for the hospital and meeting the people they share a bond with.

“We went to the hospital on Olivia’s birthday and donated all these gift bags to families who were in the hematology and oncology wards,” Rachel said.

This year, when the pandemic made their regular fundraising golf tournament virtually impossible, they decided to host a virtual event called “40,000 in 40 Days” – a resounding success, finally helping them achieve a long-term goal.

“And have dedicated a room in our daughter’s honor. The plaque was recently hung outside her hospital room where she lay for months and months,” Rachel said.

Rachel and Andre say that if Olivia were here today, she would be thrilled to see what inspired her.

“She just loved people, she really did it, she would like to help people,” Andre said.

To learn more about the Olivia Hudson Foundation, visit the nonprofit’s website.

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