Brevard Teen Diagnosed With Cancer Gets Special Invitation From Mike Pence To Visit White House
By Steve Wilson // November 20, 2016
16-year-old girl from Merritt Island
ABOVE VIDEO: When then Vice Presidental Candidate Gov. Mike Pence was in Cocoa for a pre-election rally recently he had this personal message for Julie – and a exclusive invitation to the White House from the now Vice President-Elect.
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – As a 13-year-old girl from Merritt Island, Julie Spurlock was a typical teenager. She enjoyed softball, music, hanging out with friends, etc., most anything teenagers love! And then everything changed.
On Feb. 8, 2013, Julie was diagnosed with cancer.
She attacked cancer the way she attacked a softball, with aggressiveness and drive; a drive to beat cancer. And, she did!
After nearly two and a-half years of treatment, primarily at Arnold Palmer Children’s Hospital in Orlando, Julie heard the three little letters that all cancer patients want to hear; NED (No Evidence of Disease).
Fast forward to June 2016.
The “Rock for Julie” organization had just held a fundraiser for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. “Rock for Julie” was formed by a group of friends to raise money and bring awareness to childhood cancer.
St. Baldrick’s raises funds for pediatric cancer research. It was a natural partnership between the two, as Col. Danny McKnight (RET), of Black Hawk Down fame, and some of the men he served with in Somalia, along with U.S. Congressman Bill Posey and Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey, attended the fundraiser.
But, the real star was Julie Spurlock.
Julie attended the event, spoke to the crowd and received the biggest ovation of them all! She was looking great and feeling well.
However, approximately two weeks after the fundraiser, Julie relapsed.
After a routine doctor visit, it was determined that the cancer had returned and Julie was now in for another battle.
ABOVE VIDEO: The 46/7 whipping childhood cancer challenge raised funds for childhood cancer.
At a time like this, family and friends can feel helpless. You can be there for support, offer prayers, and do whatever else may be needed, but, you just want to do more.
The “Rock for Julie” group decided they wanted to reach out to the local community, and beyond, to have 15 to 20-second “get well, keep fighting” video clips recorded and sent to Julie.
ABOVE VIDEO: Dylan Fogle and the Satellite Scorps wishing Julie Spurlock well in her battle with cancer.
According to committee member Lisa Nicholas, “there are two primary reasons we are doing this. Number one is, we hope that these video clips put a smile on Julie’s face, and that she understands she is not alone in this fight. And number two, we want to bring awareness to childhood cancer.
“There is so much more that can be done to help battle kids cancer, but it starts with people understanding that there is a battle to be fought, and that we MUST do more to help eliminate this horrific disease.”
CLICK HERE for Julie’s Go Fund Me page
The response from those supporting Julie in her battle has been amazing.
Video clips have come from all walks of life – politicians, athletes, friends, and family members.
To date, approximately 40 clips have been received from Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey, U.S. Congressman Bill Posey, Rockledge Mayor Tom Price, News 13’s Greg & Katie Pallone, Olympic gold medalist Amanda Beard, Orlando Magic’s Aaron Gordon, Florida Governor Rick Scott, vice presidential candidate Governor Mike Pence of Indiana, and many more.
Pence invited Julie to the White House, if he and presidential candidate Donald Trump win the Nov. 8 election.
Julie is a fighter, she battles and is an inspiration to all of those she meets. Julie will beat cancer for a second time. And when she does, she will need to put on her traveling shoes.
ABOVE VIDEO: Congressman Bill Posey With A Special Shoutout To Julie Spurlock.
Julie and her family have been invited to the state capital in Tallahassee and the White House in our Nation’s capital.
Not bad for a 16-year-old girl that would much rather be playing softball, but was destined to make an impact on an even greater field.
ABOVE VIDEO: Pittsburgh Pirates Manager, Merritt Island Grad, Clint Hurdle With A Message For Merritt Island’s Julie Spurlock.
ABOVE VIDEO: Kasie Lynne, a cancer survivor and former MTV reality star gives encouragement to Julie Spurlock.
ABOVE VIDEO: Aaron Gordon of the Orlando Magic gives a shout-out to Julie Spurlock.
ABOVE VIDEO: Florida Tech Football Head Coach Steve Englehart with a message for Julie Spurlock in her fight against cancer.
ABOVE VIDEO: Seven-time Olympic medalist Amanda Beard for wishing Julie Spurlock well in her battle with cancer.